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Dell expands Edge Gateway family with rugged, compact IoT-focused edge device
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Dell expands Edge Gateway family with rugged, compact IoT-focused edge device 

Dell’s Edge Gateway 3000 Series includes three unique models targeted specifically for use cases and embedded solutions in the industrial automation, energy, transportation, and digital signage markets. The series joins Dell’s of IoT-enabling hardware including the Edge Gateway 5000 Series and Embedded Box PC 3000 and 5000 Series. It comes with the Dell Command Suite and an optional upgrade to remote manageability through Dell’s Edge Device Manager, allowing customers to manage all their Dell IoT devices through a single tool.

Edge devices provide an entry point into enterprise or service provider core networks. Examples of edge devices include routers, routing switches, integrated access devices (IADs), multiplexers, and a variety of metropolitan area network (MAN) and wide area network (WAN) access devices. Edge devices also provide connections into carrier and service provider networks.

“With these new Edge Gateways, customers will be able to securely transfer and analyze important data at the edge of the network to glean real-time intelligence from the physical world,” according to a press release from Dell. “Ideal deployments include a vehicle, a refrigerated trailer, a remote oil pump in the desert, digital signs in an elevator or inside of the HVAC units on a roof-top of a casino.”

Why is data analysis or edge computing important?

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IOT AND THE CASE FOR INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE

 Edge computing pushes computing applications, data, and services away from centralized nodes to the logical extremes of a network. This approach enables analytics to occur at the source of the data. Among its advantages are: it eliminates, or at least de-emphasizes, the core computing environment, limiting or removing a major bottleneck and a potential point of failure; enhances security by allowing encrypted data to move further into the network core where viruses and compromised data can be caught by firewalls and security points; and the ability to virtualize extends scalability.

Customers are looking for faster, real-time analysis of the massive amount of data produced by devices on their networks, to perform immediate, smart decision-making.

“For some, it’s too expensive to move all the data from the edge of the network near the devices to the data center,” Dell said. “Computing at the edge helps determine which data sets are interesting, relevant and need to be sent back to the data center or the cloud for further analytics and longer term storage, saving bandwidth and reducing costs and security concerns.”

“As the number of connected devices becomes more ubiquitous, we know that intelligent computing at the edge of the network is critical. The IoT continues to enhance customer experience, drive business growth and improve lives, making it central to organizations digital transformation strategies,” said Andy Rhodes, vice-president and general manager, Internet of Things, Dell. “The small and mighty 3000 Series opens up new opportunities for our customers and partners to get smarter with their data and make big things happen.”

All three Edge Gateway 3000 Series models include:

  • Intel Atom processor
  • 2 GB RAM and 8 GB eMMC storage (32 GB and SD card for additional storage options)
  • Ethernet, USB, certified for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE
  • Integrated 3G or 4G LTE cellular options for select countries
  • Support for hot or cold operating temperature extremes from -30ºC to 70ºC
  • Integrated digital GPS, accelerometers, and atmospheric pressure sensors
  • Support for a wide input power range from 12-57 VDC (with vehicle transient voltage protection)
  • Ability to be powered via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • An ignition pin for easy operation while connected to a battery powered device

Differentiating features between the three models include:

  • Industrial Automation and Energy Management, Model 3001; Multi-function I/O port and programmable serial ports (RS-485/422/232).
  • Transportation and Logistics, Model 3002; CAN bus for land/marine protocols, integrated ZigBee for mesh sensor networks.
  • Digital Signage and Retail, Model 3003; Display Port output for video displays (2560×1600) and 3.5mm line in/line out for quality audio streaming.

While each gateway model is designed to meet core needs in its respective target market, the 3000 Series is suitable for many other industries and use cases.

Additional I/O needs can be addressed via third party USB dongles and distributed I/O options as required.

The Gateway 3000 Series is designed by Dell’s team of rugged product engineers and put through a rigorous 10-step testing process.

The product line was designed for scale per tens of thousands of hours of feedback through customer advisory councils, industry consortiums, and market feedback.

The rugged 3000 Series is complementary to its big brother, the 5000 Series, which is designed to excel in fixed use cases that require modular expansion, large sensor networks, and more advanced edge analytics.

The 3000 Series is ideal for both fixed and mobile use cases requiring smaller sensor networks, tight spaces, and more simple analytics.

The Dell Edge Gateway 3000 Series will be available in Canada in early summer 2017.

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