GE launches wireless routers for oil and gas, mining sectors

Industrial giant GE has launched a new platform of industrial wireless routers aimed at helping oil and gas and mining companies to expand their communications infrastructure using a variety of technologies.

The company describes its MDS Orbit Platform as a next-generation wireless solution integrating cellular, licensed and unlicensed networks in a single device.

Supporting high-bandwidth and performance, low latency and advanced security options, the platform is intended to provide a secure and flexible communications solution for both field crews and industrial equipment.

“Our newest platform provides security controls that can play an important part in a transmission operator’s cybersecurity compliance program and in improving their security posture,” said Tom Mueller, the general manager of industrial communications for GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Digital Energy business. “Our new family of industrial wireless routers allows our customers to reach across broad geographies and challenging terrains to capture real-time data from their assets, support field personnel and improve the reliability of their infrastructure.”

GE says the security framework of the MDS Orbit Platform will give customers the functions and tools they need to meet current cybersecurity requirements and regulations.

The company describes the interface as “easy-to-use” and says the platform allows customers to marry private communications networks with public communications carriers through 3G and LTE technologies.

It also allows Wi-Fi-enabled devices to communicate asset information, and includes support for GE’s open standard WiMax offering.

The rugged, compact design also makes it suitable for deployment in a variety of settings, says GE.