Belden Launches Expanded Industrial Edge Solution with New Features and More to Come

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

Belden Horizon, building on the former ProSoft Connect platform, provides new value-added solutions for managing expanded industrial edge devices and data.

Expanded Industrial EdgeBelden, a leading global supplier of specialty networking solutions, announced plans to launch its new Belden Horizon industrial edge solution in July. The powerful new platform meets the fast-growing need for a simpler, seamless, secure, reliable way to connect operational systems at the edge while maintaining security and communication with the cloud. The Belden Horizon console features the same Secure Remote Access (SRA) and Persistent Data Network (PDN) customers employed with ProSoft Connect but adds potential for other functions, such as edge orchestration, data monitoring, and anomaly detection using short interval data.

The Belden Horizon console incorporates software as a service (SaaS) technology that will enable operations personnel to manage industrial edge devices more efficiently with edge orchestration capabilities. Edge orchestration allows users to deploy and manage edge applications across one device or many devices at the same time locally or remotely.

Current ProSoft Connect customers will continue to receive seamless, best-in-class SRA and PDN on the new Belden Horizon platform along with superior security features.  They will also be better able to onboard and manage edge devices and applications with edge orchestration. Data monitoring solutions are also forthcoming, which will allow many data insights to be applied at the edge, before the data is even sent to the cloud, saving valuable processing time.

Belden Horizon also features Virtual Lockout-Tagout (vLOTO) security. This unique innovation adds value to applications on the Belden Horizon console because vLOTO requires users to obtain permission prior to making a secure connection to a network.  vLOTO works at the edge to allow direct access tunnels to secure networks of remote equipment at the operational level, minimizing machine and process downtime and reducing support costs. It simultaneously ensures seamless visibility for the organization’s IT people and higher-level management on the overall network, efficiently meeting both OT and IT needs.

Belden’s industrial internet of things (IIoT) automation hardware portfolio, which includes products like the Hirschmann OpEdge-8D and the ProSoft ICX35 industrial cellular gateway, further employ Belden-inherent capabilities like networking, routing, and basic stateful firewall.

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