Wireless manager for instrumentation and control devices

RemoteCom from Anybus simplifies remote management and control for instrumentation and control devices.
By Control Engineering Staff November 20, 2008

Wireless device can carry information to and from clusters of remote instrumentation.
Anybus RemoteCom from HMS Industrial Networks provides a new family of data collection and communication devices for remote management and control of instrumentation and other process automation equipment.

RemoteCom is equipped with an internal web server for remote access of device data including logged data and trend graphs. The integrated alarm and status handler automatically notifies remote supervisors via SMS or e-mail or SNMP if pre-defined events are triggered. Typical applications include remote management and supervision of process automation devices, individual process instruments, instrument clusters, and power generation equipment.

Transmitters can connect locally to any automation device that is equipped with a standard serial Modbus-RTU interface or an Ethernet Modbus-TCP interface using both RS-232 and RS-485 serial ports. The remote connection is made through the Internet or Intranet via the integrated Ethernet interface. Alternatively, an optional GSM/GPRS network interface can also be used to connect to an external global positioning system (GPS) receiver for geo-tracking of mobile equipment.

The company says that the family also includes a secure central Web server. The central server collects and stores logged data in one central location, making it easier to browse through the data from several devices without the need to establish an individual remote connection for each.

Anybus RemoteCom devices are available in a DIN-rail mountable IP20 rated plastic housing or in a rugged metal housing. They have a wide-range power input of 9-28 VDC.

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Control Engineering Process Instrumentation & Sensors Monthly
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