Secomea, the secure remote access system, was a popular attraction at this year's Machine Building Show, as visitors were treated to demonstrations linking the NEC to sites around the country. X-STK|Applied Automation showcased Secomea and launched the new integrated WiFi option at the Birmingham show.
Secomea is a secure remote access industrial communications system for the automation and machine building industry. New for autumn 2015, integrated WiFi is now available as an option. For machine builders and system integrators, it is a means of accessing a host of remote devices including PLCs, HMIs, drives, I/O blocks, USB and serial devices. It takes just 15 minutes to set up and, as security is a priority, it has been independently certified.
There is no real IT skill requirement, no need for a VPN, a fixed IP address or open ports in firewalls that would worry IT departments. It works over the internet or a mobile network, enabling users to connect remotely and securely to machines for programming, monitoring, troubleshooting and data-logging.
David Rowe, Managing Director of X-STK|Applied Automation, comments: "Secomea is a really popular product and we had a lot of interest at the Machine Building Show. It was exciting to demonstrate the remote access capabilities and we were really pleased with the number of visitors we saw."
The Secomea system is built from three components: SiteManager, GateManager and LinkManager. The SiteManager control unit connects to the machine via Ethernet, Serial and USB. There are a number of different models to choose from, depending on remote connection preferences, namely LAN, WiFi or 3G.
The LinkManager is a web- or Windows-based client with a simple interface providing single-click connectivity to devices. The two are linked via a M2M communication server, the GateManager, which is available as both a cloud-based service or a standalone server, and handles the connections and encrypted traffic. User access is controlled with a simple drag-and-drop system and, with multi-level authentication and AES/SSL encryption, Secomea is said to be one of the most secure remote connection methods available in the marketplace.
Secomea has been developed in Denmark by Secomea A/S, provider of remote access systems for the automation and machine building industry. It is now available in the UK from X-TK|Applied Automation. A starter pack is available from £345. More information on Secomea is available at www.x-stk.com/secomea.