The Dell Edge Gateway 5000 (pictured) is, in conjunction with the company's analytics software, positioned as an alternative to expensive proprietary IoT offerings.
The 'Edge' label reflects the new product's role in edge analytics, a strategy that seeks to avoid overloading centralised IT systems with the vast amount of data potentially generated by connected devices. Software running on edge processors such as the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 can make immediate, local use of the data, as well as filtering data that should be forwarded for further processing or storage, thus reducing data transmission costs.
“Organisations are struggling to make the best decisions regarding the data volume and complexity created by the vast numbers of sensors, embedded systems and connected devices now on the network,” said Dell executive director for commercial IoT solutions Andy Rhodes.
Features include support for wall mounting, the ability to operate in extreme temperatures such as those encountered in boiler rooms and deserts, diverse communication options (including RS-422/485, CAN bus, Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4 mesh, with provision for others in the future), and support for multiple operating systems (including Ubuntu Snappy, Wind River Linux, and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise).
Security features include TPM, secure boot and BIOS level lockdown of I/O ports, and the system can be managed using Dell Command|Monitor for Linux and Dell Cloud Client Manager.
The Edge Gateway 5000 is available to OEMs that want to use it as a component of their products, and to end users planning to install it as part of their building and factory automation systems.
As with other Dell products, end-to-end hardware support is available throughout the product lifecycle.
Intel vice president of the IoT strategy and technology office Rose Schooler said "The Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series based on the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family is designed to bridge the data needs of traditional operational technology with the manageability demands of information technology. The result is a solution that meets the needs of IoT customers."
The Dell Edge Gateway will go on sale "in select countries" (no further details were offered at the time of writing) in December 2015 with prices starting at US$1,199.
In related news, Dell and Intel have announced the 'Connect What Matters' contest for innovative IoT solutions built on Dell Edge Gateways. The contest is open to commercial companies and solutions can be developed for any vertical, but must be submitted by 31 March 2016.