Data communications are now omnipresent, used within most functions of everyday life and essential for industrial systems implemented across different applications and industries. However, within the context of implementing a new rail track monitoring system or power distribution network the importance of data communications can often be underestimated – along with the amount of time and cost required to configure a secure network. It’s not unusual for the number of man-hours required to implement a new communications network to far exceed what was originally budgeted and impact overall project profitability.Most industries are adopting IP-based Ethernet networks to support their data communications requirements and the size and complexity of these networks are increasing. To meet the growing need to connect a more diverse range of equipment across wider geographical areas, networks are larger and may include a mix of wired and wireless technologies. Reliability, availability and cybersecurity are priorities, which have created greater network complexity with different topologies deployed, such as fast-recovering redundant rings, and a growing number of protocols, such as MRP, STP and RSTP, that help to provide greater functionality and enhance network security.
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