ClearBlade and ARMS partner to deliver advanced connected rail solutions through ARIO-GX™
ClearBlade, the industry-leading Edge Computing software company that enables enterprises to rapidly engineer and run secure, real-time, scalable IoT applications, today announced the introduction of the ARMS Ario-GX™, an Industrial IIoT Gateway with smart I/O to measure, monitor, and report status of remote assets to the Back Office, in partnership with Automated Railroad Maintenance Systems (ARMS). Transportation Products Sales Company, (TPSC) is a professional sales organization representing ClearBlade and ARMS to the North American rail market.
Operating since 1990, ARMS is recognized as an industry expert in railroad communications systems; robust power solutions; electronics used in communications, signal and locomotive applications; system integration; and tactical kitting.
With the Ario-GX™ powered by ClearBlade, rail companies can connect anything, via any path, to the back office located on premise or ClearBlade’s Cloud. The Ario-GX™ features modular scalability, robust security, and extensive flexibility. Protocols include ITCM, TCP/IP, MQTT, Modbus/TCP, SNMP, CANBUS, Echelon, and others.
This powerful gateway features 8 isolated Digital Inputs, 4 isolated Analog Inputs, 2 Relays, with ability to increase I/O via expansion modules. Connectivity features 3 Ethernet ports, 1 USB-B port, and adaptors to work with RS-232/422/485, cellular, LoRa and GPS communication devices. This novel solution features today’s IIoT technology to connect to all common legacy equipment, today’s equipment, and will be compatible with tomorrow’s equipment. ClearBlade and ARMS promote secure open standards which is demanded by today’s end user.
The Ario-GX™ Gateway:
- Connects legacy grade crossing controllers and equipment to the back office in a common format.
- Performs routine tests of crossing equipment every time a train passes utilizing ArioSense™ equipment.
- Monitors switch machine current draw and reports abnormal conditions prior to switch failure utilizing ArioSense™ equipment.
- Monitors and reports tank levels and health for snow melters, rail lubricators, and fuel cells.
- Reports status of all common hazard detectors, including slide fence, high water, high wind, and bridge fires.
“With this pre-integrated, tested and scalable gateway, together our companies are able to deliver an easily implemented and managed end-to-end solution,” said Eric Simone, CEO, ClearBlade. “Working with ARMS, we’ve been able to develop a solid solution specifically designed to serve the industry as part of the digital transformation of rail transportation, given the expertise and experience the ARMS team brings to the table. Working with the professional sales team of TPSC and their vast knowledge and relationships in the rail industry, we demonstrated our joint capabilities to develop and roll out an advanced gateway designed for the harshest conditions and adaptable to all types of software and network communications protocols. We’re extremely proud of this partnership, product and ongoing collaboration.”
Sid Bakker, President of ARMS and TPSC said, “We are excited to combine ClearBlade’s IIoT software with ARMS’ rugged hardware to launch the ARIO-GX Gateway to connect remote assets of the rail industry. The quest for a highly connected railroad is technically possible and affordable today. We are not stopping there. ClearBlade’s advanced software analytics combined with ARMS’ ARIO Sense™ family of wireless sensors enable powerful edge compute capabilities for preventive maintenance initiatives, including automated testing. TPSC is proud to represent ClearBlade’s software platform to the rail industry”.
To learn more about the ARIO-GX™ gateway and related solutions, visit https://www.armspower.com/ario/.