congatec Offers Rugged Class Data Processing Engines to Digitize the Oil and Gas Industry

August 26, 2019 Alix Paultre

congatec introduced a rugged class of embedded edge server technologies, designed for the digitization of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. The International Energy Agency estimates that digitization can reduce production costs in the oil and gas sector by up to 20 percent.

In order to meet the requirements of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, the embedded edge computing platforms are designed for extended temperature ranges, with optional conformal coating to protect against the effects of salt water or condensation caused by large temperature fluctuations. In addition, they offer comprehensive server class RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability) features that enable OEMs to reliably manage thousands of devices remotely.

As multicore designs with currently up to 6 cores and a particularly low 25W TDP, they are suitable for completely fanless and therefore maintenance-free 24/7 operation in hermetically sealed housings with the highest IP protection classes. Virtual machines based on RTS hypervisor technologies allow optimal utilization of existing computing resources by partitioning the various tasks - including local real-time control requirements as well as over Tactile Internet.

Another benefit of this virtualization option is they are tailored to build cost-efficient universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE). Such open standard hardware equipment is characterized by hosting telecom network functions at the customers edge IT including Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

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