ATX West – A monster of a show

We made our fist visit to the UBM’s Automation Technology Expo – ATX West – last week and were blown away by the scope of the event.  Co-located with MD&M West, WestPac, Pacific Design & Manufacturing and three other regional events, the expo brought together over 2000 vendors representing every step in the product life cycle.  From design through production, packaging and shipping, ATX West had it all.

Netop was at the show to talk with both equipment manufacturers and system integrators about our SecureM2M solution.  Netop SecureM2M is how organizations can securely access remote devices and provide port-restricted entry to vendors and trusted 3rd parties.  Netop SecureM2M creates a secure tunnel into industrial controls, building automation systems, HVAC and other systems and supports high-latency, low-bandwidth satellite connections.  Since SecureM2M restricts access to specific applications and masks device IP addresses, vendors are able to access systems through the cloud without any compromise to network security.

As was revealed last week, the initial point of entry in the Target data hack was a VPN connection into their HVAC system using a trusted vendor’s credentials.  Netop anticipated this risk – that’s why we developed SecureM2M.  Engineers and technologists at the ATX West show were well aware of the Target scenario and were curious about how our solution could provide third-party access to equipment and systems without exposing other network components.  Both industrial system integrators and and OEMs were keen to learn more about how SecureM2M could extend interfaces and merge with controls, reporting and other key business processes.  As with Lynxspring, we have the ability to build our secure, cloud-based connectivity directly into devices or dedicated hardware – be looking for announcements of similar joint ventures in the coming weeks.

Requisite food cart shout out:  This trip’s food highlight was Chef Joe Youkhan‘s Tasting Spoon cart – conveniently parked just outside the Anaheim Convention Center.  Waiting through a line about 40 deep to try the Meatball Parmigiano Burger was worth it!

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