Gigabit modular connector meets railway Cat.7A cabling standard

November 22, 2018 // By Julien Happich
The Han Gigabit Module from Harting is believed to be the first modular industrial connector designed to meet the rail industry’s growing need for high-speed communication based on the Cat.7A cabling standard on-board rail vehicles.

Shielding against interference also improves, as Cat. 7A cables consist of four individually screened wire pairs which are surrounded by another screen braid. The Han Gigabit module enables Cat. 7A transmission in the train carriage area and offers advantages for interference resistance and frequency range. The interface is shock and vibration resistant according to DIN EN 61373, Category II, which makes it suitable for extreme loads in the railway environment. The module is also future-proofed, allowing the installation of an Ethernet backbone for future facilities, upgrades and conversion of rail vehicles.

Harting also supports flexible data exchange on the train with unmanaged switches and patch cables. In a chain comprised of sensors, antennas, RFID readers and Harting’s MICA industrial computer platform, the latter serving as an Edge computer for filtering, aggregating and compressing the sensor data, ambient data can be recorded wirelessly in the periphery and digitally processed for control purposes. The MICA platform translates the sensor data from the RFID reader and makes it available to other participants in the bus system in both filtered form and reduced to the required extent.

Harting - www.harting.co.uk


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