Congatec and S.I.E enter into strategic partnership on OEM platforms
A leading vendor of embedded and edge computing technology, Congatec has announced a strategic value-adding partnership with System Industrie Electronic GmbH (S.I.E), an expert in system design and integration, mass production and assembly of OEM platforms. The focus is on platforms for regulated industries, such as healthcare and medical technology requiring MDR certified medical computers and systems for critical infrastructure needing cyber security certification from federal agencies such as the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). OEMs in these markets – already served by both vendors – will benefit from a full service that combines the strengths of both partners to create a value package that offers full system responsibility – from the design of dedicated carrier boards and housings to mass production of entire systems that conform with all target industry specific regulations, certifications and life cycle management requirements.
“To better serve our OEM customers, who demand individually tailored system-level products with full system responsibility, we invest in strong vertical market partnerships such as the one with S.I.E. With congatec and S.I.E already serving joint customers in regulated markets such as medical and healthcare as well as critical infrastructures, we have a solid foundation to catapult our established and prospering cooperation into a strategic partnership to multiply this success,” said congatec CSO Gerhard Edi, expressing his delight over the cooperation with S.I.E.
“Looking at the rising risk of cyber attacks to critical infrastructures and the need for a higher class of quality, traceability and documentation that comes with MDR regulations, we see an ever-increasing amount of applications that can benefit from the strategic partnership between congatec and S.I.E, which bundles each of our strong core competences into best-in-class quality for our OEM customers. We see ourselves as one company and together we offer an unparalleled value proposition with full system responsibility – from the computing core to certification, mass production and life cycle management. This is especially valuable if customers in regulated markets are looking for a source with central European roots,” underlines Josef Krojer, General Manager at S.I.E System Industrie Electronic.
Among other OEM platforms, the two partners have already jointly developed the BSI-certified secunet Konnektor for cybersecurity specialist secunet. This Konnektor is now part of gematik’s telematics infrastructure. As Germany’s national agency for digital medicine the company promotes and coordinates the introduction, maintenance and further development of digital applications in healthcare and ensures the interoperability of the components involved. The secunet Konnektor is offered as a single-box connector for smaller facilities such as doctors’ offices or pharmacies, and as a data center connector for hospitals and large medical facilities as well as other service providers. To date, secunet has already installed more than 83,000 units. The three companies are taking the next step with the development of an MDR-certified gateway for medical technology. In such complex projects the proven close cooperation of specialists makes a decisive difference.
In addition to critical healthcare infrastructures and medical OEM equipment, the two companies also aim to enter further embedded and edge computing markets for critical infrastructures, such as the financial and insurance sector, water and energy utilities, information technology and telecommunications, and even transportation and traffic, all of which rely on cyber-secure systems for their IT infrastructure.