Marlink has agreed a new partnership with industrial automation company Schneider Electric to improve its ability to offer Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to customers operating equipment and systems in remote locations.
The deal will see Schneider Electric’s Modicon 221 logic controller and EcoStruxure platform integrated with Marlink’s communications services, to streamline the collection and transmission of data from machinery and equipment.
The Modicon 221 logic controller remotely collects data on the state and condition of specified infrastructure, which are then shared by VSAT and L-band, or cellular services, by Marlink, and finally retrieved by the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure system.
Users can apply the data to improve visibility on the activity and condition of their assets while programming their maintenance operations and updates, to ensure that high levels of uptime are maintained for critical systems.
While the EcoStruxure software package enables users to connect operational technology (OT) to software applications, Schneider Electric and Marlink note that they also plan to offer this service worldwide through the Marlink network.
“We are very proud of this partnership showcasing innovation. Marlink and Schneider Electric share a common goal: to increase the uptime and operating time of assets belonging to our customers in the offshore, utilities, energy, and mining sectors,” said Alexandre de Luca, President of Marlink Enterprise.
“The current crisis clearly demonstrated the increased need to work remotely and safely. In this respect, this collaboration is a positive advantage that will help generate value for our customers while lowering their costs.”