Red Lion’s gains NEMA TS2 compliance for ITS applications

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Red Lion Controls, a Pennsylvania-based leader in communication, monitoring and control systems for automation and networking, has announced that its multi-carrier 4G LTE Sixnet series RAM 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs (Remote Terminal Units) have earned NEMA TS2 section 2 compliance, which validates industrial equipment for use in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications.

By providing an easy upgrade path for ITS environments without communication or unreliable landline options, Red Lion’s industrial RTUs enable systems integrators, municipalities, engineering firms and network integrators to benefit from easy-to-deploy cellular connectivity. ITS applications often include remotely located overhead variable message signs (VMS), road condition and speed zone signs, traffic lights, intersection monitors and controllers, and collision avoidance systems that require around-the-clock, low-latency network access. The high-bandwidth and industrially-hardened qualities of Red Lion’s RAM RTUs support reliable communication with remote sites, even those that may change in location, such as mobile traffic trailers.

The NEMA-compliant RTUs also support the monitoring of multi-service applications that may include video CCTV cameras and traffic intersection monitoring equipment. In addition, the rugged characteristics of RAM cellular RTUs support wide temperature ranges and high shock/vibration tolerance to protect against challenging outdoor environments. Red Lion’s industrial cellular RTUs are ready-to-deploy remote monitoring and control devices that enable customers to reliably connect, monitor and control equipment in industrial environments from nearly any location.

RAM industrial cellular RTUs also feature an easy-to-use event engine that can locally trigger I/O or send SMS text messages based on real-time operational data. With multi-carrier 4G LTE support, RAM RTUs provide high-bandwidth communication over cellular networks to allow customers to select the best connectivity for their applications. The units can also make use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cloud platforms, making them suitable for multiple sensor Smart City applications.

“With the RAM 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs receiving NEMA TS2 compliance, ITS engineers now have the option of industry-leading communications equipment that operates reliably in outdoor environments,” said Colin Geis, director of product management for IIoT at Red Lion Controls.

“Our rugged RTUs feature some of the widest environmental specifications for operation in harsh environments. Together with the benefits of multi-carrier 4G LTE support, the RAM 6000 and 9000 are able to reliably help serve the critical area of traffic safety.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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