The industrial Ethernet switch is a low port count, industrially hardened, a DIN-rail device for factory data procurement. These switches aid in continually broadening the variety of applications and end-user industries, the industrial Ethernet has emerged as a key platform of choice in both infrastructure architectures and automation. The market is anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period owing realization by industries that using this will reduce the business downtime, availability of information at every location fast exchange of data between the selected sections and automation help in improving the productivity.
Industrial Ethernet switches have broad application in industrial infrastructures such as smart grid, security & surveillance, intelligent rail & traffic and other utilities are driving the market. In smart grid Ethernet switch plays a significant role in substation automation, reducing the expenditure and the complexity of wiring between devices found in many transmission & distribution substations by converging to an Ethernet-based network.
For security & surveillance, Smart Ethernet switches with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology are used. PoE networks transfer power to the local area network cable and circulates it to the attached devices, which are handy for internet protocol based surveillance systems. It helps in browser-based straightforward communication and user interface. An administrator can browse to the IP address of the switch, easy-to-use, and then uses the graphic user interface as a pure vehicle for monitoring and configuring essential components and features in the network.
Initial installment costs of these switches are high. The hardware installation and software has to be ordered according to the use which may include some extra functions. These additional services may increase the cost. Skilled labor is required to operate these sophisticated instruments.
The spectrum of available industrial Ethernet switch products reflects a continual broadening of supplier offerings beyond the legacy eight-port DIN rail switch and service to specific applications. While vertical integration and infrastructure applications seek maximum throughput and bandwidth, factory automation applications may seek to limit network traffic.
The industry is segmented by application, organization size, and verticals. By application, it is segmented as software, hardware, and services. By organizational structure, it is segmented as small & medium and large enterprise. By vertical, it is segmented as aerospace & defense, food & beverage, intelligent transportation systems, machinery manufacturing, mining & metals, oil & gas, automotive, building automation, chemical, and electric power generation.
North America is considered as the key market for this region owing to automation installations in industrial Ethernet functions on the control end, to use the system in the devices installed on the grid, and established infrastructure. Europe is also a key market after North America owing to the presence of large manufacturing industries, smart grid, and security and surveillance companies.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to show the rapid growth in this industry over the forecast period owing to the continuous industrialization and need to automate the manufacturing process. Economies like India and China are projected to be the largest market as the industries are investing heavily in the automation process and many multinational companies such as BMW and Mercedes are opening their manufacturing units in these countries. The Middle East and Africa are untapped regional market hence; opportunities are yet to be explored in this region.
Key players in this industry are Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Aruba, Polycom, Avaya, Microsoft, Check Point, IBM, Brocade, and Siemens.
In September 2013, Cisco launched Catalyst 3650, a new Catalyst access switch featuring an integrated wireless controller. It offers provision for NetFlow analytics on all ports, QoS, full layer three routing capabilities, and eight queues per port for priority.
In March 2016, Siemens launched new Ethernet switch Scalance XC-100, it can establish electrical, optical line, and star structures for machine-level networking. It can be deployed in different environments conditions such as shipbuilding, transportation, series machine construction, and oil & gas industry.
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