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Industry Highlight: Government

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Government and Military

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.

Government and Military

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 on board unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Air Force One.

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Traffic Solutions with RocketLinx

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RocketLinx for Traffic and Transportation

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 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 these 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, our switches and Power over Ethernet switches provide reliable networking solutions.

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COMING SOON: Class I, Division 2 Certified Switches

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Certified Switches

Electrical and industrial equipment installed in potentially hazardous locations need to be regulated by organizations to ensure they are acceptable for installation in volatile environments.  To guarantee equipment is suitable, rigorous tests must be completed and each product must be certified prior to installation.

For these types of critical applications, Comtrol has developed six new unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches based off the RocketLinx ES8105 and ES8108 switches, each holding a Class I, Division 2 (CID2) certification:


SERIES: Power over Ethernet Features – Part IV

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MOBILE – What does this mean for your next IP surveillance project?

Putting a surveillance camera on or in a vehicle (car, bus, etc.) for safety, monitoring, or other purposes is becoming much more common. It’s very likely if you are a surveillance integrator that you have worked on a project like this. If not, you have almost certainly heard of it being done in the news lately.

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Managing traffic: From airports to VLANs

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From Airports to VLANs

As business travelers walk briskly, custodians clean, and administrative workers hold their heads down and move forward to deliver their messages – the common area connecting large airport concourses can quickly become a mess.  Huge amounts of traffic move in different directions, creating congestion in the space.

To improve traffic flow, an architect could re-design the common area in an airport to eliminate all commonality by including multiple levels, so that each separate concourse had its own truly dedicated path.  As you can imagine, this set of bridges would create multiple replications of identical walkways, each with their own infrastructure. This would be a very expensive way to manage pedestrian traffic.

Rather than creating elevated paths for each concourse, the architect could simply paint lines on the floor and tell each pedestrian to walk only in his/her specific lane until he/she reaches the associated concourse.  This system would attain the same goal – segregating traffic and eliminating interruptions caused by inter-concourse travelers while drastically reducing infrastructure costs to build.

Airport Concorses to VLANsAirport to VLANs

Without a question, the above example is an oversimplification.  It is tough to imagine that a pedestrian traffic problem could be solved by red lines on the ground and a simple word of advice from the architect.


Avoiding Ring Topology? Benefits You May Not Know About

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SwitchesHave you ever considered using a ring topology for your IP surveillance network?

Here at Comtrol, we rarely hear of customers who utilize networks that are configured in a ring.  A star topology is almost always the way networks are configured by most of our customers across industrial automation, security, energy and other major markets we specialize in.

Likely one of the biggest reasons why people avoid a ring topology is that there is rarely interoperability between different brands of switches within that ring.  There is also the fear of broadcast storm.  If one switch goes down in a ring, you will have to buy that brand of switch again for use in that ring unless you remove all current switches and install another brand completely.


Product Spotlight: RocketLinx® Industrial Ethernet Switches

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RocketLinx Industrial Ethernet Switches

RocketLinx Industrial Ethernet SwitchesThe Comtrol RocketLinx series of industrial Ethernet switches are designed to meet the performance and environmental demands for applications requiring extended operating temperatures, rugged housings, high performance, and reliability.

With both managed and unmanaged models available, the RocketLinx industrial Ethernet switch series provides cost effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best Ethernet switch technologies.


Networking Beyond the Climate Controlled Closet

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Climate Controlled Closet

A well designed and neatly organized standard IT rack can be enough to make even the most reserved IT department grin.  In a climate controlled closet free of excessive heat, dust, and moisture, standard networking hardware is left to run its course networking the office one Ethernet connection at a time.Climate Controlled Closet

Comtrol Corporation and our RocketLinx® line of Ethernet switches play on the other side of the wall.  We are outside of the office in a control panel, traffic cabinet, parking garage, on a light pole fixture, or even mounted on a moving vehicle.  Before discussing how the features of an Ethernet switch can impact an installation a user mush ask: “Can the Ethernet switch I select withstand the physical environment in which I need to place it?”

Heat – How hot will it be in the area I mount my product? Comtrol’s standard RocketLinx switches operate between -25°C and +60°C.  Our -XT (extended temperature) switches operate between -40°C and +85°C. The requirements to identify a switch that can withstand the physical environment in which you place it may seem trivial, but can produce a massive headache.  Outside of the networking closet it is important to consider:


Customer Solution: Mining Surveillance with Video Monitoring

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RocketLinx ES7510-XT for Mining Surveillance and Video Monitoring

Simple perimeter alarms and barbed wire are no longer enough to protect critical infrastructure from unauthorized access, vandalism, and theft.  Interior monitoring is becoming more important in providing a complete security system in mining environments.

RocketLinx ES7510-XTA large mining company in Chile has enhanced its security system using video monitoring.  A security integration company chose Comtrol’s RocketLinx® ES7510-XT Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches for installation at a particular mine to construct a complete surveillance solution.  Cameras monitor access points along with activity inside the mine.  As seen at right, the camera feed is relayed to a remote monitoring station via the RocketLinx ES7510-XT switches and wireless radio equipment.  The PoE switches are also being used in conjunction with slightly larger and more powerful surveillance cameras at an electrical substation near the mine.  This video feed is also relayed to the remote monitoring station.  Security personnel can monitor both feeds simultaneously for a complete surveillance of the mine.


What Type of Fiber do You Have?

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It doesn’t matter with Comtrol’s Ethernet switches!

You are looking for the perfect networking solution to match all of your traffic needs.  You have a limited amount of funds for the project and can’t afford to replace all of your multi-mode fiber with single-mode fiber.  So instead, you have to utilize both your multi-mode and single-mode fiber that is currently in the ground throughout the city.

How do you decide which switch to go with?  With Comtrol’s RocketLinx® industrial Ethernet switch line you don’t have to worry about purchasing two different Ethernet switches to get the job done.  Instead we have a full managed switch line that will take care of running multi-mode and single-mode fiber on the same switch.

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