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Expanded edge computing portfolio to include secure IoT connectivity

8th February 2023
Sheryl Miles

Real-Time Systems (RTS) – a global provider of hypervisor technology and part of the congatec Group – has acquired Arendar IT-Security to expand its service portfolio, which will now include edge computing for secure OT/IT connectivity for the digitisation of industrial machines, plants and processes.

For RTS, this signifies a step towards a solution-oriented offering for OEMs and end users. The Arendar portfolio comprises IoT gateway solutions including edge and cloud middleware as well as software engineering services for the holistic digitisation of industrial processes within systems and plants.

Arendar has primarily been serving manufacturing companies in Germany. Acting as part of the global congatec Group, Real-Time Systems will now open up the Arendar offering to OEMs worldwide, which promises significantly higher economies of scale. The newly acquired solution portfolio will be presented to the broad trade audience for the first time at embedded world 2023.

“The solution and service portfolio of Arendar IT-Security is an excellent fit with our strategic positioning in the industrial automation and communications infrastructure market, where more and more data needs to be exchanged securely as a result of digitization,” explains Konrad Garhammer, Managing Director of congatec Group.

“We particularly wish to expand our IoT connectivity expertise because of the ever-increasing cybersecurity requirements. Together with the hypervisor technology of our subsidiary Real‑Time Systems, we are now in a position to support our customers’ digital transformation with sustainable solution modules bearing the trustworthy ‘Made in Germany’ seal,” adds Daniel Jürgens, Managing Director of congatec Group.

Together, RTS hypervisor technology and the highly standardised embedded and edge computing ecosystem of the congatec Group provide an excellent foundation for embedding Arendar IT-Security's solution portfolio into OEM and end-user applications.

In sum, this creates a holistic solution for the digitisation of industrial machines, plants and processes. Typical use cases of the Arendar portfolio include: reading data from PLCs, fieldbuses, and sensors, including universal protocol translation for unified communication; remote control and maintenance of systems; plant visualisation in the cloud; creation of OT added value through horizontal IoT integration of multiple devices, machines and plants in collaborative clouds; and connectivity between business IT and OT – all protected against IP theft or sabotage by high cybersecurity.

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