Red Lion Controls Now Integrates to Ignition SCADA IoT Platform with RAM® Cellular RTUs

Pre-Configured Inductive Automation Profile on RAMQTT Reduces Deployment Time and Effort

York, Pa. – February 6, 2018 – Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of firmware 4.28 for its family of RAM® industrial routers and cellular RTUs, increasing the number of IIoT platforms available for integration. The upgrade features connectivity to Ignition by Inductive Automation®, an industrial application platform for SCADA and IIoT solutions, via the industry-standard Sparkplug MQTT profile, as well as enhancements to RAMQTT, Red Lion’s MQTT client. RAMQTT simplifies implementations with pre-configured profiles for AT&T® M2X, Amazon® AWSTM IoT, Cumulocity, Microsoft® Azure®, Nokia Impact, and Telenor Connexion.

“We’re very pleased with this new connection to Red Lion Controls,” said Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. “Red Lion has a long history of providing smart solutions for industry, and they understand the need for flexibility in order to truly have an Industrial Internet of Things. The connection between Red Lion and Ignition will make sense for a lot of industrial organizations.”

For customers who need connectivity with a low cost of deployment, RAM RTUs provide access to twelve different IIoT platforms, selected from a drop-down menu or accessible via Software Development Kit (SDK). This makes it even easier to connect, monitor and control systems and processes. RAMQTT reduces deployment and configuration complexities involved with IoT integrations, allowing users to be up and running in less than two minutes per device.

"I'm extremely pleased to see that Red Lion is adding the Sparkplug MQTT profile to the RAM RTUs" said Arlen Nipper, CTO of Cirrus Link Solutions and co-inventor of MQTT. "With the Sparkplug MQTT profile the RAM RTU becomes a plug and play end device for any Ignition SCADA system. Red Lion's reputation in the heavy industrial communications market is second to none, and now with Sparkplug, Red Lion customers can take advantage of the benefits of MQTT architectures and Ignition.”

“Our goal is to provide an easy and secure means for customers to use a variety of different IIoT platforms,” said Colin Geis, Director of Product Management, IIoT, Red Lion Controls. “This upgrade provides pre-configured, on-board IIoT platform integrations so customers have an easier path to deployment. In addition, the RAM event engine allows customers to create alerts or take action from operational data, and the RAM’s intelligence and strong security provide increased data flexibility while keeping equipment safe.”

Red Lion’s RAM products are available with serial and Ethernet ports and optional I/O and Wi-Fi and can additionally communicate with Modbus & DNP3 enabled equipment to securely monitor and control remote devices over 4G LTE cellular networks. By providing data visibility, control and real-time notifications on field-deployed equipment and processes, the RAM platform enables organizations to take advantage of the benefits of IIoT.

In addition, RAM RTUs are industrially hardened to operate in harsh environments. With a -40 to 75°C operating temperature range, and high shock and vibration ratings, RAM RTUs can be confidently deployed to remotely monitor locations, without the need for site visits.

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About Red Lion Controls

As global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, Red Lion has been delivering innovative solutions for over 47 years. Our automation, Ethernet and cellular M2M technology enables companies worldwide to drive productivity through data visibility. Product brands include Red Lion, N-Tron and Sixnet. With headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, the company has offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East. Red Lion is part of Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company.

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