The use of wireless IP-based networks for industrial applications, such as Oil & Gas and Utilities, has been a common option. The IP networks offer different modulation technologies, RF band, licensed unlicensed frequencies, different RF power, and coverage. The common use of the IP protocol simplifies the integration of the end points for different applications, such as remote monitoring and control, remote video surveillance and connectivity between smart sensors and controllers. The two main “show stoppers” from using IP wireless networks for mission-critical applications are the availability of the “data link” (i.e. caused by RF interference) and cyber-security, compare to the traditional “wire” based IP networks. Star Controls designed and implementation of a wireless IP based system that addresses the two “show stoppers”. The system is based on multiple layers of hardware hot-standby (i.e. communications processors, wireless devices in a different band), combined with advanced IIoT OSI-7 Layer protocol that enables “cluster” communications service. Every component of the system complies with highest Cyber Security requirements. This has huge potential for many other applications, where IP wireless networks were not an option.
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