MultiTech Systems introduced Wednesday mPower Edge Intelligence, a new embedded software offering, building on its popular application enablement platform, to deliver programmability, network flexibility, enhanced security and manageability for scalable Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.
mPower represents the unification and evolution of MultiTech smart router and gateway firmware platforms. In addition to ongoing support of the current feature-sets, MultiConnect rCell 100 Series customers now have access to the programmability of the industry-leading MultiConnect Conduit gateway, while gateway customers can benefit from additional security features currently available on the rCell.
mPower Edge Intelligence simplifies integration with a variety of upstream IoT platforms to streamline edge-to-cloud data management and analytics, while also providing the programmability and processing capability to execute critical tasks at the edge of the network to reduce latency; control network and cloud services costs, and ensure core functionality – even in instances when network connectivity may not be available.
MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures communications solutions for the industrial internet of things – connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value.
In response to evolving customer security requirements, mPower Edge Intelligence incorporates a host of new security features including signed firmware validation, enhanced firewall and VPN settings, secure authentication and more.
“When it comes to adding value and making smart choices, particularly related to security, the ability to make decisions at the edge of Industrial IoT networks is an absolute must,” said Prasad Kandikonda, vice president of engineering. “mPower Edge Intelligence reflects what we’ve learned from more than five years delivering smart devices to a variety of industries and applications that require device programmability, security and dependable upgrade paths across our product lines.”
“MultiTech understood early on the importance of edge intelligence, and has been translating that understanding into smart, innovative solutions on their router and gateway products for several years,” said Dan Shey, Vice President and IoT Practice Director at ABI Research. “mPower brings together the best of their prior offerings for a unified customer experience, then builds on them to address known pain points in the IIoT market including: improved resiliency, enhanced security, lifecycle management and total cost of ownership.”
With its introduction, mPower Edge Intelligence extends this robust functionality to MultiTech router and gateway products as well as future devices, with a prioritized, independent roadmap for a unified user interface and simultaneous, regular updates for deployed products.