Westermo Microlok® II gateway helps provide resilient network solutions for rail networks

Westermo are delighted to announce the introduction of Microlok®  II gateway functionality to its range of Lynx Ethernet device serving switches and Wolverine Ethernet extenders. This functionality allows rail operators and system integrators to implement cost savings on interlocking and signalling projects as well as helping provide additional resilience to networks.

Microlok® II is a protocol developed by AnsaldoSTS specifically used within rail interlocking solutions. The Westermo gateway converts data from the native serial format to a UDP (user datagram protocol) packet that can then be transmitted alongside other data on a trackside Ethernet network. Westermo Lynx and Wolverine also provide the networking infrastructure capability allowing the use of gigabit fibre optic inter-connections and also the ability to use existing twisted pair or telecoms cables as the data path.

Resilient layer 2 and layer 3 protocols like RSTP, FRNT, LACP and OSPF allow highly reliable backbone networks to be created, bringing layer 3 routing protocols to the edge of the network. Built in firewall functionality also allows security to be implemented down to individual port level to ensure both accidental and deliberate security breaches are prevented.

Functionality is provided to allow up to 64 Microlok® address translations to be made and monitored. Legacy key-on/key-off support is provided as well as a unique hot/standby configuration to provide a resilient channel for hot standby controllers.

For the kinds of installation where Microlok®   is used product reliability is critical to ensure maintenance costs are minimised and trains are not delayed. To provide the best solutions Westermo design all these products to have MTBF figures in excess of 500,000 hours (MIL-HDBK-217F (Gb) 25°C).

Operation at the trackside can be tough on Ethernet switches, but the Lynx and Wolverine are designed for that environment. The products will cold start at -40°C and operate over a long life time at 70°C without the need for cooling holes or fans. EMC levels trackside can be harsh and hence these products are tested and certified to meet the EN50121-4 and IEC 62236-4 standards.

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Westermo Microlok® II gateway helps provide resilient network solutions for rail networks

Westermo are delighted to announce the introduction of Microlok®  II gateway functionality to its range of Lynx Ethernet device serving switches and Wolverine Ethernet extenders. This functionality allows rail operators and system integrators to implement cost savings on interlocking and signalling projects as well as helping provide additional resilience to networks.

Microlok® II is a protocol developed by AnsaldoSTS specifically used within rail interlocking solutions. The Westermo gateway converts data from the native serial format to a UDP (user datagram protocol) packet that can then be transmitted alongside other data on a trackside Ethernet network. Westermo Lynx and Wolverine also provide the networking infrastructure capability allowing the use of gigabit fibre optic inter-connections and also the ability to use existing twisted pair or telecoms cables as the data path.

Resilient layer 2 and layer 3 protocols like RSTP, FRNT, LACP and OSPF allow highly reliable backbone networks to be created, bringing layer 3 routing protocols to the edge of the network. Built in firewall functionality also allows security to be implemented down to individual port level to ensure both accidental and deliberate security breaches are prevented.

Functionality is provided to allow up to 64 Microlok® address translations to be made and monitored. Legacy key-on/key-off support is provided as well as a unique hot/standby configuration to provide a resilient channel for hot standby controllers.

For the kinds of installation where Microlok®   is used product reliability is critical to ensure maintenance costs are minimised and trains are not delayed. To provide the best solutions Westermo design all these products to have MTBF figures in excess of 500,000 hours (MIL-HDBK-217F (Gb) 25°C).

Operation at the trackside can be tough on Ethernet switches, but the Lynx and Wolverine are designed for that environment. The products will cold start at -40°C and operate over a long life time at 70°C without the need for cooling holes or fans. EMC levels trackside can be harsh and hence these products are tested and certified to meet the EN50121-4 and IEC 62236-4 standards.

Visit Westerno Microloc Gatewy web page

Introducing WeOS 4.12.1

WeOS 4.12.1 is now available for download. In this release there are added features that allow you to create very robust networking solutions with fast reconfiguration times. Read more about this in our section on "Resilient Network Solution."

Another new feature makes it easier for you if you need technical assistance. This allows you to easily show how your device is configured. Our technical support team will be able to help you troubleshoot any network problems much faster and easier.

This update also includes a number of improvements in the DHCP support. With this version, all WeOS products, including non routing switches, can be configured with up to two (2) DHCP servers.
We can now present the most comprehensive support for DHCP on the market with features such as multiple servers, client and relay functionality, option 54 and option 82.

If you are running any of our WeOS powered SHDSL Ethernet Extenders (Wolverine DDW-142, DDW-225 or DDW-226) we have made the best Ethernet Extender on the market even better. New features for automated configuration for optimum data rate makes it easy for you to always get the maximum speed out of your Wolverine extender. Improved capacity using poor cables means better support for using old cables with high interference levels.

WeOS 4.12.1 also includes the Westermo Microlok® II gateway (protocol developed by AnsaldoSTS), which is available in our Lynx Ethernet device serving switches and Wolverine Ethernet extenders. This functionality allows rail operators and system integrators to implement cost savings on interlocking and signalling projects as well as helping provide additional resilience to networks.

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The Westermo IP train visited the Rail Transit Exhibition in Shanghai

CRTS CHINA 2013 (The 9th China International Rail Transit Technology Exhibition) was held in Shanghai from 5-7th of May, 2013.  While showing the latest products, top technologies and solutions in the fields of railway and urban rail transit to the world, the exhibition builds the best commerce and trade platform for technical cooperation and information exchange in the industry.

Westermo attended the show with the theme of “the Westermo IP train”. The application was combined with Beijer Electronics HMI to show the product features, such as a reliable quality, automatic network configuration, network security, compactness and robustness and network resilience.

Westermo also was honored the award "RT Top 50 Innovative Enterprise" for Westermo’s innovative products and its achievements in the field of rail transit technology.

Kenneth Isaksson, VP Sales Asia for Westermo, after receiving the "RT Top 50 Innovative Enterprise" award.


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