SnapGear seeking to enter industrial controller market

Salt Lake City, UT—Snap Gear Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it's moving into the embedded control marketplace by launching a series of what it reports are versatile, secure control platforms.


Salt Lake City, UT— Snap Gear Inc.

"We've been successful in producing custom-engineered security appliances with secure Internet connectivity for corporate customers for several years now. Each system is a little different in terms of interfaces and capabilities, but the common thread is a need for hardened firewall protection and privacy of communication," says Miles Gillham, Snap Gear's marketing vp. "We see integrated connectivity growing in the industrial market and remote control via Internet connectivity becoming a requirement through scalability and cost-reduction. In an era of terrorism, it is essential not to make control mechanisms insecure. We bring strong encryption and VPN communications technologies such as SSL, SSH and IPSec into the equation."

SnapGear employs teams of security experts with CERT and Defence Force backgrounds, embedded Linux experts, and electronics engineers. Present customers range from global telecommunications giants through to small- to medium-enterprise end-users. SnapGear's devices are used to provide managed VPN services right through to purpose-built solutions for industrial and commercial applications involving MP3 audio, multi-device monitoring, government regulatory monitoring. Diverse industries are supported, such as nuclear power, petrochemical, sports wagering and more.

"Over the years, we've brought together a unique combination of talents that have allowed us to succeed in infrastructure security markets," says Rick Stevenson, SnapGear's ceo. "We're now applying this core expertise, in concert with our flexible, custom-design capability, to address emerging security requirements in the control industry."

SE1100 introduced
In other news, Snap Gear recently launched its SE1100 unit that combines secure control, monitoring and data logging capabilities in a compact single-board system. With a 32-bit microprocessor and Ethernet, serial and general-purpose I/O interfaces combined with embedded Linux, it is highly adaptable and easily programmable. SE1100 is immediately able to run thousands of pre-existing applications, offering faster time to market for users.

SE1100 is suitable for SCADA, control and telemetry in applications, such as water, wastewater, gas, petroleum, manufacturing, weather and environmental monitoring, where flows, pressures, temperatures, and levels are measured, recorded and controlled.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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