AMG Systems introduces robust Mini media converter for security and transport applications

AMG Systems has launched a Mini media converter specially designed to be robust enough to withstand the challenging extremes of temperature which can face security and transport camera and device installations.

The ruggedised 9HMEC Mini media converters are small enough to be installed in the confined spaces provided by camera poles and street cabinets and tough enough to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 70 degrees Centigrade.

The converters realise a 100 Mbps or Gigabit Ethernet uplink across fibre via the SFP port, providing a hardened, cost-effective means of converting IP signals for transport over long distances across all types of fibre cabling.

AMG’s sales and technical support manager Ian Creary states that the new Mini media converters have been designed specifically for security and transport applications across a wide range of challenging environments.

“When a CCTV system’s used for security applications, it’s vital that the video signal delivery is maintained no matter what the external environment is throwing at it,” said Creary. “It’s the same for transport applications, which use monitoring cameras and critical signage. This Mini media converter will sit in the box where it’s installed and it will just work. That’s the key. It’s about reliability and consistent performance, whether that’s in remote and challenging environments like the Middle East or India or even in the UK at the height of summer. A camera pole or a street cabinet box will heat up quite significantly, even in our meagre summers.”

The Mini media converters are DIN rail-mountable, meaning that they’re quick to install and easy to remove for maintenance purposes. As they’re non-programmable, there’s no need for any user configuration or computer-based set-up.

The converters offer an optional Link Fault Forwarding feature. This allows a pair of media converters to share their link status.

“Any associated subsequent copper or fibre link failure will result in both linked media converters disabling their copper links,” added Creary, “ensuring that attached networking devices recognise the Link Fail status and don’t forward data into what would otherwise be a data cul-de-sac. The end result is an extra layer of safety for additional network peace of mind.”

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