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GE launches MDS Orbit MCR-4G industrial internet solution

April 10, 2013 | By Anthony Capkun

April 10, 2013 – GE says its latest industrial internet solution—the MDS Orbit MCR-4G—is designed to help owners of private communication networks (e.g. utilities, oil & gas companies and energy-intensive industries), leverage public cellular networks to securely communicate with field crews and industrial equipment, and reduce the cost and time associated with maintaining their infrastructure. Built on the MDS Orbit platform, the MCR-4G addresses the need for a highly secure, industrial-grade wireless communications solution for broad-based applications, says GE, such as substation or oil/gas production, pad device monitoring and video surveillance. It features both ethernet and serial interfaces to provide connectivity to current and previous generations of technology, along with a Wi-Fi radio using the 802.11 b/g/n standard, combined with a Verizon 4G LTE modem. The MCR-4G is equipped with robust security features, such as AES 128 encryption, supports RADIUS and AAA servers, and complies with current NERC CIP and FIPS 140-2 requirements.

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