Industrial Electronics

Rugged IoT edge computer handles robust environmental challenges

12 July 2021

WIN Enterprises Inc. has launched the PL-50240, a fanless embedded system with IP66 support, smart venting, Wi-Fi/LTE/CANBUS, powered by the Intel Atom Processors. The unit provides flexible handling of outdoor internet of things (IoT), traffic management, environmental energy facilities, weather station support, and operations in extreme climates such as high altitudes, and more.

For those 24/7 outdoor operations requiring a ruggedized x86 computer that can be deployed unprotected at the production edge the unit offers a compact platform that delivers on performance and reliability. The PL-50240 is designed to deal with climate changes in all conditions. The PC box device Source: WIN Enterprises Inc.Source: WIN Enterprises Inc.provides the ability to withstand issues such as intrusive water and dust and is designed with a smart vent that drains water automatically. The white enclosure helps it to handle wide-temperature ranges from -40° C to 70° C to allow reliable operation even in direct sun light.

To support wireless communications, an external SIM slot eases the task of changing out SIMs. A high-gain antenna ensures high-quality communications. Flexible I/O settings, such as a combination port that supports two CANs and two COMs and selective display ports (HDMI/VGA), helps meet the needs of a wide variety of applications.

Integrated Windows Ecosphere enables support for a variety of operations. This feature is a built-in, powerful Intel Atom processor that natively supports rich software frameworks further reducing the possibility of performance loss and making installations more flexible.

Applications include: data collection and transmission for traffic management, support for green-energy facilities, meteorological station support, shore facilities and support for high-altitude or high-latitude locations. In addition, manufacturing facilities with high humidity and extreme temperature, such as refrigerated environments, are supported.

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