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EN 50155 Serial Device Servers with M12 Connectors Establish Solid Communications to Passenger Information Devices

Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 5, 2012 — Moxa is pleased to unveil a new family of serial device servers that excel in railway applications, the NPort 5000AI-M12 series. These serial device servers come with rugged M12 connectors and meet strict EN 50155 and EN 50121-4 criteria for rolling stock applications.


The NPort 5150AI-M12 has already proven to be an indispensable device in rolling stock passenger information display applications. In this type of application, the NPort creates a solid communication bridge from the Ethernet network to on-board serial devices, such as LED displays and door sensors. Onboard devices must contend with meeting strict railway standards, operate despite constant train vibrations and shocks, and even face rust and corrosion damage.


NPort 5000AI-M12 serial device servers succeed in these applications because they are tailored specifically for rolling stock deployment: compliance with key industrial standards accelerates system certification, rugged M12 connectors secure cables in the face of any train vibrations, and available conformal coating prevents rust and corrosion from damaging the system.


“System integrators have found that even in a modern, IP-based onboard network, serial communications technology is still a key part in the tool box,” explained Ryan Ma, Product Manager at Moxa, Inc. “Serial connectivity allows train operators to use their legacy devices when retrofitting existing train lines, and in new installations using serial connectivity can dramatically simplify your cable wiring and make installation much easier. With M12 connectors, system integrators can count on the NPort 5000AI-M12 to provide a consistent Ethernet-to serial communications link, no matter how much the train vibrates.”


NPort 5000AI-M12 serial device servers come with one to four RS-232/422/485 ports. Models with conformal coating or wide temperature rating are also available. The NPort 5000AI-M12 will be widely available for order in October, 2012.



About Moxa Railway Solutions

Moxa is a global leader in a wide range of IP-based communications solutions. Now, Moxa is contributing its networking expertise and innovative technology to the railway industry through new market-specific solutions and membership in IEC railway committees. Railway operators world-wide have discovered new operational efficiencies by deploying Moxa’s unique time and cost-saving railway technologies, such as intelligent wireless inter-carriage connections, flexible and location-based auto device configuration, millisecond-speed Ethernet redundancy, and millisecond-speed WLAN roaming solutions. With over 25 years of experience in industrial networking, Moxa has a time-tested record of developing products with longevity. By designing for long MTBF, owning all the core component IP, and building long-term partnerships, Moxa helps railway integrators create sustainable solutions with low life-cycle costs. Moxa’s broad portfolio solutions have been deployed all over the world in major POS (Passenger Oriented Service), passenger Wi-Fi, CCTV, CBTC (Communication-based Train Control) , ATO (Automatic Train Operation), wayside DCS, and other railway systems.

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About Moxa: Your Trusted Partner in Automation

Moxa is a leading provider of edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 50 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 70 countries. Moxa delivers lasting business value by empowering industry with reliable networks and sincere service for industrial communications infrastructures. Information about Moxa’s solutions is available at www.moxa.com.