Ruggedcom VPE1400 (Virtual Processing Engine) is the virtual machine environment made available by Siemens for its Ruggedcom RX1400 router. This software enables customers to run their own Linux operating system and applications on the RX1400 at the network edge. As an example, an application running on the VPE1400 could allow data, gathered for instance during traffic monitoring or energy monitoring operations, to be pre-processed in the router before being transmitted to a control center. This not only reduces the volume of transmitted data but may also help to increase the stability, efficiency and performance of the network. The virtual machine environment can be used in numerous industries, especially in those requiring rugged hardware and reliable communications, such as, Electric Power, Transportation, and Oil & Gas.
Applications running in the VPE1400 environment are safely partitioned from the Ruggedcom ROX operating system, while still having full access to the RX1400’s network, LTE and serial interfaces. Used in combination with the new Ruggedcom ACE (Application Connectivity Engine), the virtual machine environment can also provide multi-protocol SCADA communication to devices from various manufacturers, making these devices accessible to applications running in the VPE1400.
With this virtual machine environment, Siemens is extending its portfolio of Ruggedcom Application Solutions designed to create a “smarter” network, by enabling local monitoring and data analysis applications using distributed structures. This allows the enormous volumes of data generated by a growing number of devices to be pre-processed at the network edge – a key requirement for digitalization of industry and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).