Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech rugged industrial PCs suit logistics applications

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2016
 
Taiwanese company Advantech’s latest generation vehicle-terminal rugged industrial PC is suitable for all types of logistics applications.
 
The DLT-V72 uses the Igel Linux operating system letting it be remotely managed using the free UMS universal management suite and dovetail seamlessly into central IT infrastructures.
 
The Advantech-DLog WLAN drivers have been directly integrated into the Linux firmware. This ensures that roaming between the multiple access points in a WLAN is as smooth as possible without any signal dropout.
 
The DLT-V72 is the successor to the MTC 6 model, with which Igel and Advantech-DLog established their technology partnership four years ago. The new generation of in-vehicle terminals are built to withstand extreme weather and are not affected by dirt, dust, vibrations or hard knocks, reducing the need for maintenance and repairs and ensuring smooth, continuous use.
 
Apart from processor technology and configuration options, the industrial PCs have a raft of interfaces and wireless technologies. The devices come in 25.6 and 30.7cm form factors, and various mounting bracket concepts mean the terminals can be used in almost any logistics vehicle.
 
The operating system allows smooth access to centralised IT infrastructures that are provisioned by means of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Horizon and other software. In addition, a local web browser provides the interface to cloud services. As a result, a unit can be deployed as a universal client that is also suitable for hybrid environments.
 
Using the UMS management software, all settings in the vehicle terminals can be managed remotely. The terminals can also be managed in groups based on profiles. This allows frequently used settings to be predefined and then assigned to individual or whole groups of devices with just a few mouse clicks. Firmware updates, which are only occasionally needed, can be scheduled to be distributed automatically over the network at convenient times, such as during stops in production.