Long Range Ethernet for Harsh Environments

Industrial Ethernet has become the most popular standard—a necessity, once might argue—for data and voice communication in rugged environments. Highway tunnels, railways, mine shafts, oil rigs, utility services (gas, water, electric), are a few operations where Ethernet provides flow meter data, emergency phones, signaling, industrial controls, and so on. Among the challenges in such arenas, is the 300 foot (1 meter) distance limitation of standard Ethernet.

This is not so much about the factory floor, although industrial Ethernet is certainly needed in that environment. What we want to talk about here is the all the “other” places. Optimized traffic signals based on monitoring automotive traffic and timing controls is one example that comes to mind.

W. Glendon Flowers
Product Marketing Manager | Patton LLC
Glendon is responsible for creating corporate marketing and technical content including press releases, web copy, white papers, case studies, educational and tutorial pieces as well as other publications. He serves as editor-in-chief for Patton's email newsletter and other outbound communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UMUC and a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from UMCP. Mr. Flowers is a single father with three adult daughters: Lauren, Hannah & Sarah (twins). He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and percussion and enjoys composing and arranging music and songs.

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