Red Lion Controls, specialists in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the availability of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) support for its Sixnet IndustrialPro® 6000 series of industrial cellular routers in North America.

Effective immediately, the IndustrialPro 6000 routers are the first M2M rugged devices certified by and compatible with the Bell Mobility 4G LTE network.

Providing customers with faster 4G wireless connectivity, LTE is ideal for organizations of all sizes that require increased data speeds when using cellular technology for primary or back-up WAN connectivity. With data rates up to 100 times faster than 2G and 3G technology, LTE is well suited for remote offices, video surveillance and remote automation environments.

The Sixnet IndustrialPro 6000 cellular M2M routers from Red Lion Controls provide secure, cost-effective wireless connectivity to remote locations and assets while offering technology assurance from 3G to 4G in a single solution. As a reliable primary WAN connection or a back-up to existing network links, IndustrialPro routers are suited for harsh industrial environments such as oil & gas, power & energy and water & wastewater applications – where space may be limited and wired connectivity is not necessarily feasible.

Mahesh Patel, director of wireless product management at Red Lion Controls, said of the significance of 4G LTE, “With more organizations using wireless technologies to monitor and control critical operations in remote locations, LTE support gives customers the advantage of speeds that rival wired broadband connections.”

“While our products still offer flexible backwards compatibility to 3G networks, the addition of LTE not only delivers significant performance improvements, but also offers 10 times lower latency than earlier technologies. Increased speeds are essential for streaming video and remote applications where high latency or jitter is simply not acceptable.”