According to Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner (News - Alert), the possibility of critical infrastructure being a direct victim of sabotage is up by 50 percent. With increased number of newly engineered cyber threats having special interest in industrial control systems, new sensors that are more robust are now in circulation. The AirGuard iMesh suite comprising of iMesh Gateway and iMesh Sensor Node from 3e Technologies International (3eTI) are in this category.
iMesh Gateway (ISA100 to IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11 device) and iMesh Sensor Node, which is a low-power ISA 100 node will be combined to activate wireless automation while enforcing military grade levels of security, hence reducing the risk of attack exposed to wireless networks in industrial settings.
The credibility of the sensors basks in the glory of the acceptance and deployment of iMesh low-power ISA100 compliant solutions by the U.S. military. iMesh has been so successful since its solutions move past mere security capabilities of ISASecure to the level of activating complete encryption and authentication to ensure confidentiality and availability of sensors and network data.
“Wireless technology employs numerous benefits to mining, power, oil, gas, chemical, and nuclear consumers that allow for reliable and affordable sensor monitoring where conventional technology has reached its limits,” said Benga Erinle, president of 3eTI. “The iMesh launch continues 3eTI’s expansion into the industrial automation market by combining the benefits of a robust wireless solution with military-grade security to reduce costs of overhead and deployments, while maintaining overall fail-safe security at these facilities due to the increasing sophistication of cyber threats.”
Manufacturers will now be in a position to incorporate security into new and existing products since 3eTI will also be offering iMesh encryption software and modular components for OEM applications. In addition, government applications demanding for certified wireless capabilities will only have to use ISA100 wireless mesh technology in their sensor systems.
This AirGuard iMesh suite will be in full production by February 2013 though evaluation models are currently available.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman