Siemens has released a new version of the Ruggedcom APE (Application Processing Engine). Ruggedcom APE is an industrial hosting platform designed to use third-party software applications in difficult and mission-critical environments. The platform protects networks from cyber attacks.
The new Ruggedcom APE1808 is a modular platform that can be replaced on site. The platform – which is part of the Ruggedcom RX15xx product range – offers customers a choice of different connection options, such as WAN, serial and Ethernet.
The platform uses the built-in switching and routine capabilities of the RXGEDCOM RX1500 Multi-Service Platform and can be directly connected to any device in the series. The module includes a Gigabit Ethernet connection on the front of the RX1500. At the rear of the RX1500 chassis there is an identical, but completely separate connection.
According to Siemens, ruggedcom APE meets all electrical specifications of the ruggedcom RX15xx platform. These are IEC61850-3 and IEEE 1613 for use in the toughest industrial conditions. The module is also approved for use in ambient temperatures from -40 to +75 degrees Celsius.
The APE1808 is based on a quadcore x86_64 Intel architecture, supporting Linux and Windows 10.
Firewalls and intrusion sensors
The APE1808 Ruggedcome should form the basis for cooperation between market leaders in detecting and preventing cyber threats. According to the company, the module is particularly suitable for applications such as firewalls, network log and load processors and intrusion sensors.
The system analyzes data at the source. However, this does not require the installation of an external industrial PC.
While Ruggedcom cyber security solutions are primarily designed for use in the electrical, transportation, oil and gas industries, Siemens believes they can also be used in any other heavy industrial environment to protect networks from cyber attacks.