Adam Bannister

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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
April 25, 2016

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ComNet Launches Switch for Cyber Security Applications in Utilities and Industrial Markets

ComNet has expanded its Reliance line with the new RLGE2FE16R security-managed switch, which you can check out at IFSEC International in June.


The product: The RLGE2FE16R is designed to prevent unauthorised network access and is aimed at the utility and industrial markets.

Verticals/sectors: ComNt’s first ethernet switch/router has been developed for deployment in electrical utility substations and switchyards, heavy manufacturing facilities and railway track-side electronic equipment.

The enhanced level of unauthorised access prevention offered by the RLGE2FE16R  will also become increasingly attractive to markets like physical security and intelligent transportation as the number of IP networks in these verticals proliferates.

Technical features:

  • Fully compliant with IEC6185-3 and IEEE1613 class 2
  • Suitable amid high levels of electromagnetic interference
  • Enhanced security version that accommodates secure firewalls to be set up where multiple levels of authentication must be provided to gain access
  • User APA (Authentication Proxy Access) controls remote use access and communications to network edge devices
  • Designed to meet NERC-CIP-5 guidelines
  • Ideal platform for deploying a highly secure communications and networking gateway
  • Feature-rich managed 18-Port Ethernet switch offers Ethernet layer 2 switching & layer 3 IP routing with integrated VPN and link protection per ITU-T G.8032
  • 16 10/100Mbps ports with optional PoE and two gigabit combination SFP/TX uplink ports for use as aggregation point
  • Internal 2G/3G/4G LTE cellular radio is also available for remote deployments.
  • Optional internal terminal server means legacy RS-232 and RS-485 serial data RTUs and IEDs can directly connect to the RLGE2FE16R. Substitute eight of the 10/100TX ports with optional SFP ports to transform into an convenient aggregation device

What ComNet says about the RLGE2FE16R: “The security of our utilities and power generation facilities is a real threat,” says Steve Clarke, ComNet Europe managing director. “If a utility substation is brought down, the repercussions become unfathomable.

“ComNet made the decision to bring this switch/router to market to help secure these types of facilities and we believe these new Reliance product additions will be an effective solution in preventing unauthorised network access.”

Says Skip Haight, ComNet VP of Marketing: “The Reliance line represents ComNet’s decision to provide highly ruggedized and secure products for the utility and industrial markets. It is a major undertaking, but we believe there is a great need for these products.

ComNet will offer a Lifetime Product Guarantee with the Reliance line and this will differentiate ComNet from other manufacturers and creates significant value for the user,” Haight concluded.

About ComNet: Based in Leeds ComNet Europe Ltd, a division of ComNet Communication Networks, is a manufacturer of fiber optic transmission and networking equipment. ComNet offers an extensive line of fibre-optic, copper and wireless video and data transmission equipment that is designed to meet the needs of the Security, Intelligent Transportation System, utility and industrial markets.

Where can I find ComNet at IFSEC? Stand E1225.

Click here to find out more about the company’s fibre-optic transmission and networking equipment and to book a dedicated meeting with the ComNet team at IFSEC International 2016, which takes place between 21-23 June at London’s ExCeL. Register to attend here.

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