Virtual Environment

Communication networks distributed over a wide geographical area – such as those used for smart grids or in traffic management – are often limited to small bandwidths or expensive public networks. Now information can be processed on-site in a virtual environment in the router, thus making room for more devices on the network – a key aspect of the the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Creating a highly reliable and efficient processing environment virtually anywhere to run local monitoring and data analysis applications is easy and cost effective with the new RUGGEDCOM VPE1400 virtual processing engine.

Taking your intelligence to the network edge

Ideally suited for numerous industries, especially those requiring rugged hardware and reliable communications, the RUGGEDCOM VPE1400 virtual environment in the RUGGEDCOM RX1400 router provides robust network stability and efficiency, allowing you to take your intelligence to the edge.

Distributed computing

Until now, on-site data processing required the installation of separate hardware in addition to the routers. The RUGGEDCOM VPE1400 is a software that partitions off a separate virtual environment in the router where users can install a Linux operating system and load their own self-generated programs or those of service providers.

The partitions ensure that the programs never interfere with actual router operation – not even if the programs malfunction and, for example, take up too much processor power. The virtual environment enables an application to connect via all network interfaces on the RUGGEDCOM RX1400 router – LTE, copper, fiber-optic – and with serial transmission interfaces. Special application interfaces also enable communication with devices integrated into SCADA systems for control and monitoring purposes.

This new software is part of the trend toward communication networks with distributed computing capacities in which, as much as possible, data is processed on site rather than centrally. Experts are referring to “fog” or “edge computing.” Such technologies are a key requirement for integrating a growing number of devices into an ever more distributed Industrial Internet of Things and operating them efficiently.

Functions & benefits at a glance

Robust, cost-effective platform solution for 3rd party applications

  • Eliminates hardware NRE costs for application developers

  • Shortens time to market of new applications

Applications can be used to distribute intelligence throughout the network

  • Reduces need for operational data collection and centralized storage

  • Increases network stability through reduced control system latency

Integrated API suite for multi-protocol device communication

  • Minimizes need for extensive SCADA protocol knowledge and experience to communicate with hosts and devices

Supports standard Linux-based development platforms

  • Requires no special tool sets or training by developers

  • Ensures network and application management tool consistency


Whether for electrical power, oil and gas, transportation or other applications, RUGGEDCOM VPE1400 technology provides a highly robust and cost-effective communications platform.

In addition to eliminating transmission bottlenecks and making communications more secure, the RUGGEDCOM VPE1400 also contributes to a more efficient use of network capacity. In other situations it frees up bandwidth for transmitting additional information. Such a solution is especially beneficial, for example, for widely distributed communication networks such as those used in traffic management or to control smart grids. These applications employ numerous sensors that are sometimes connected to the control center over long distances and transmit via connections – cable, fiber-optic, or cellular radio – with different transmission capacities.

A router that has continuously transmitted data from a solar panel controller now analyzes this information on site. The control center is notified only if these values exceed a defined threshold.

Remote access to automated parking lots where cars can only access if the license plate is listed. The image processing of the camera making pictures from the license plate can be done on-site and only the text data needs to be checked with the central database. This helps saving bandwidth and ultimately reduce costs.