The need for industrial automation has become more pressing than ever. The benefits of automation are clear – increased productivity, reduced costs, and improved safety. However, to achieve these benefits, automation systems require reliable, secure, and scalable mobile connectivity.
SIMcontrol's Managed APN product can provide this connectivity, offering centralised access to a shared data pool at the best rates, across multiple mobile networks, with advanced self-service online management tools.
In this article, we will discuss how SIMcontrol's Managed APN product can benefit industrial automation and how it can help to improve production efficiency, reduce costs, and enable remote access and monitoring of automation systems.
Secure and Reliable Connectivity
One of the primary benefits of a Managed APN for industrial automation is secure connectivity. With a Managed APN, devices are connected to a private network that is isolated from the public internet. This helps to prevent unauthorized access to systems and sensitive data, ensuring that production processes are not interrupted by cyber threats.
Another benefit of a Managed APN is reliable connectivity. A Managed APN can provide this reliability by ensuring that devices have a stable connection to across different mobile networks.
A Managed APN ensures that critical data, such as data from sensors that monitor production processes, is given priority. This prioritization can help to prevent delays and interruptions in production processes, ensuring that operations run smoothly and efficiently.
Managed APN can also enable remote access to automation systems, which can reduce the need for on-site personnel.
This remote access can be especially important in situations where on-site personnel are not available or where it is not safe for them to be present. With remote access, sites can continue to operate even in the face of unexpected events, such as natural disasters or pandemics.
Another benefit of a Managed APN is scalability. As remote sites and operations grow and evolve, they need to add new devices quickly to meet production demands. SIMcontrol's Managed APN can provide scalability by allowing new devices to be added to the network easily.
Managed APN can also provide network segmentation and custom firewalling, which can help to ensure that network traffic is isolated and does not interfere with other devices.
Finally, with the Pooled Data feature Managed APN can provide cost savings for reliable mobile connectivity, with no long-term commitments or bill shock. With pooled data, businesses can reduce their overall data usage and avoid overage charges that can occur when individual devices exceed their data quotas. Instead of paying for each device's data usage separately, businesses can purchase a larger pool of data that is shared by all devices over multiple mobile networks, allowing for more efficient use of data.
In conclusion, SIMcontrol's Managed APN offers several benefits for industrial automation, including secure and reliable connectivity, remote access, scalability, and cost savings. By adopting Managed APN, factories can improve their production processes, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge in the market.