Securing communication protocols of legacy power and cooling systems

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Intelligent power and cooling systems and smart devices are deployed throughout telecom facilities to keep your building and network assets running autonomously and efficiently while providing critical data to network engineers, planners, field technicians, and building operators. These devices are connected to the corporate IT network where they can potentially be hacked or pose a threat to your business operation. As corporate IT security standards and regulations evolve, your power and cooling devices must adapt as well, otherwise, you risk getting them disconnected from the network. This causes you to lose remote visibility and all the numerous benefits they provide will go to waste.

For instance, losing remote visibility of a building management system (BMS) for a facility manager or building engineers will increase costly truck rolls, increase Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) while having a negative impact on staff working around planning, designing, and maintaining power and cooling systems. Corporate mandates such as improving operations, reducing energy usage, managing capacity, and lowering costs suffer as a result.

Therefore, losing remote visibility to the BMS and other critical power and cooling devices such as: UPS, DC power systems, building automation systems, energy meters, battery monitors, generator controllers, fuel system, fire panel, HVAC systems can be mitigated by securing communication protocols used to communicate data between these devices and the end-users (HTTP) through web browsing or Enterprise Management Software (SNMP) used for Network Fault Surveillance or Asset Management purposes.

Our solution for your critical assets

Multitel has a proven and effective solution for securing communication protocols for any power and cooling device. The iO Gateway is an evolving “multi-device” protocol converter that increases IT security of non-secured devices connected to your corporate network by converting HTTP to HTTPS native device’s user interfaces and converting unsecured SNMP v1 or SNMP v2c to secure SNMP v3.

The iO Gateway offers the following exclusive features not seen on other protocol converters or protocol gateways:

SNMP Trap Forwarding

Handles from multiple devices that ca be forwarded to multiple SNMP Managers.

Data Dashboard

A centralized user-friendly interface that allows you to gain insights from prioritized data.

Telecom Grade Design

Designed for telecom facilities, offering dual 48V inputs and rack mounting.

SNMP Trap Enrichments

Enables the possibility to add site data, I/O data, device name, model name of text to the device original trap.

IP Address Management (IPAM)

Keep track of all your devices and equipments IP addresses.

I/O Configuration Management

Easily copy and paste protocol conversion configuration from one device to another through CSV file format.

HTTP Passthrough

Maintain access to device's native web servers for control, configuration or maintenance purposes.

Holistic Modbus to SNMP Conversion

2x RS-485 and 2x Ethernet ports, support Modbus RTU and TCP in transparent mode along with SNMP v1, v2c and v3.

Multi-Device Converter

Capable of supporting 500 devices and 3000 data points.

If your corporate IT regulations require it, do not wait until you lose remote visibly of your critical power and cooling data.  Securing communication protocols is a mandatory practice and can easily be done today! The iO Gateway remote firmware updates feature will ensure that you always meet the IT security standards and keep your power and cooling system data accessible and visible endlessly.

For more information on the iO Gateway, visit our Protocol Conversion and IP Address Management blog posts, our product page, or contact us here.

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