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Critical Infrastructure Security with Laser Scanners

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MSP solution storyIn order to protect critical infrastructures such as nuclear power plants and airports, additional layers of security are being implemented with Time-of-Flight laser scanners. What makes these scanners distinct is that they are extremely accurate, highly programmable, and designed to withstand inclement weather. The laser’s invisible infrared (IR) barrier triggers an alarm once the plane has been broken.

Within airports, the LMS 1XX and TiM 3XX are replacing the metal gates used after closing in both restaurants and shops. The laser scanners have been a great alternative because they are more cost effective, do not require maintenance, and have proven to be extremely reliable.

iStock_000004996512XLargeNuclear power plants have also turned to laser scanners because of their filtering capabilities and accuracy. With the multi-echo technology, the scanners are able to accurately detect targets despite heavy rain, fog, sleet, or snow.

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POS System Integration for Vail Resort

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Vail POS Solution StoryThe System Analyst for Vail Resorts was faced with the task of  purchasing 400 serial controller cards. While exploring what options existed, his top priorities included reliability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. After further research, Vail Resorts decided on Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable. As a result of the Octacable, customers are now able to purchase their lift tickets, retail items, and private lessons all from one point of sale (POS). This POS system offers Vail a cost-effective solution that provides high quality processing speed.

In addition to its cost effectiveness and reliability, the RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable sustains speeds of up to 921 Kbps, making it more powerful than any other serial controller cards on the market today. It also supports RS-232/422/485 serial connections and operates in temperatures ranging from 0° to 60°C.

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RocketLinx ® Industrial and PoE Switch Guides

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ROCKETLINX: Industrial Switches

RocketLinx Family PDF     Product Comparison Chart

ROCKETLINX: Power over Ethernet Switches

RocketLinx Family PDF     Product Comparison Chart

DeviceMaster Simplifies Direct Monitoring and Control for Multiple Substations

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Supplying electric services to over one million customers is no easy feat, but one U.S. energy company was able to do so thanks to Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS 16-port.

Connecting the DeviceMaster RTS to relays and RTUs (remote terminal units) gave this company control over each substation by connecting numerous devices, and gaining real-time monitoring access and control over data from each station. The information that is collected by the DeviceMaster is communicated directly to the central station by Ethernet.

The DeviceMaster RTS family of serial device servers enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring and configuration. Available in a variety of port sizes,
DeviceMaster RTS can simplify maintenance, reduce cost-of-ownership, and translate savings and efficiencies to your company’s bottom line!

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Communication Solutions for Traffic Monitoring

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Every day we rely on traffic control technology to keep our commutes safe.  Traffic lights, railroad systems and subway systems need reliable connectivity for proper functioning. But how can you ensure reliable connectivity?

The Iowa Department of Transportation was recently updating their traffic intersection monitoring systems, and was looking for a way to enable communication between cameras, battery backups, priority preemption systems, traffic controllers and other components that make a traffic light function. Comtrol’s RocketLinx ES8510-XT was put in place to provide reliable communication, while also relaying data back to the traffic management systems.IowaDOT

The RocketLinx ES8510-XT is an industrial Ethernet switch that provides rugged connectivity solutions for industrial Ethernet networks and systems such as  traffic intersection management. Along with having IP31-grade protection for rugged, harsh environments, these switches are designed to provide dependable networking solutions.

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Meeting Safety Standards by Remote Communication

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What happens when hazardous locations make safety and health standards difficult to comply with? How is one supposed to make an area safe to work in, when they cannot physically fix the problem at hand? How is one supposed to make an area safe to work in, when they cannot physically fix the problem at hand?

One such problem occurs when mining operations need to continue after a mine has been closed. The ground around the mine is weak and hazardous, and the mine must be filled in order to ensure safety.

A laser movement technology designer used Comtrol’s DeviceMaster Freewire to create laser based measurement system. This laser measurement system, called The Void Scanner (or VS150), asses the volume and the layout of the void, giving the technology designer and its customers a 3D view of the mine, and the ability to determine the exact amount of material that is needed to fill the void. Once that amount is known, VS150 can facilitate boom deployment, and provide a safer mining environment

DeviceMaster Freewire is a wireless serial bridge featuring 802.11b/g wireless communications with option of direct 10/100 Ethernet connection. It is a flexible, secure, rugged, and compatible wireless device server.

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Industry Highlight: Government

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The government is increasingly implementing new projects and military-based operations, especially as advances in technology continue. Several of Comtrol’s products have been beneficial to our government sectors.

Comtrol’s RocketLinx®industrial managed and Power over Ethernet switches have capabilities to provide power and essential networking connectivity to vital components of complex security networks. RocketLinx has supported and improved the training of military soldiers by enabling PoE Ethernet and fiber connections between IP cameras and the monitoring room.

Our DeviceMaster® device servers have facilitated multiple-location data transmission and complex sensor system coordination for military simulator training systems and unmanned vehicle (UMV) control designed for autonomous military operations.

Comtrol’s RocketPort® serial cards provide system expansion and connectivity in applications including military biological detection systems and peripheral device connectivity onboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Air Force One.

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Traffic Solutions with RocketLinx

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For traffic and transportation companies requiring reliable high power devices, look no further than Comtrol’s RocketLinx Series of Industrial Ethernet switches and Power over Ethernet switches. Designed for applications like traffic control, which requires extended operating temperatures and remote access, RocketLinx can meet the performance Insidetrafficecabinet_RocketLinxand environmental demands that the
industry requires.

With both managed and unmanaged models available, the RocketLinx series of switches provide cost-effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best rugged Ethernet switch technologies. RocketLinx also offers features such as remote reboot, powerful web configuration, and Comtrol’s PortVision DX software – which allows you to remotely access, manage, and configure RocketLinx units from a single application. Traffic and transportation companies utilize these features for freeway traffic management and intersection monitoring, where devices are often difficult to reach directly. Along with having IP31 grade protection for rugged, harsh environments, these switches provide dependable networking solutions for a variety of applications.

Available in port sizes ranging from 4 to 24, and designed with rugged, drip-proof housings, redundant power inputs and performance command-line interfaces, RocketLinx switches and Power over Ethernet switches provide reliable networking solutions.

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