congatec looks to European supply chain with security software buy
German board maker congatec has acquired a local security software firm to boost its European security supply chain.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
Subsidiary Real-Time Systems (RTS) acquired Arendar IT-Security, itself subsidiary of Arend in Wittlich formed in 2019 last week. This will allow RTS to expand into edge computing for secure OT/IT connectivity for the digitization of industrial machines, plants and processes.
This is a significant step for RTS, which specialises in hypervisor technology for a complete offering with European sourcing with Arendar primarily serving manufacturing companies in Germany.
The Arendar portfolio comprises IoT gateway solutions including edge and cloud middleware as well as software engineering services for the holistic digitization of industrial processes within systems and plants.
Through congatec, RTS will open up the Arendar offering to OEMs worldwide at embedded world 2023, which promises significantly higher economies of scale.
Typical use cases of the Arendar portfolio include: reading data from PLCs, fieldbuses, and sensors, including universal protocol translation for unified communication; remote control and maintenance of systems; plant visualization in the cloud; creation of OT added value through horizontal IoT integration of multiple devices, machines and plants in collaborative clouds; and connectivity between business IT and OT. The cybersecurity software protects against IP theft or sabotage and fits well with the RTS hypervisor software.
“The solution and service portfolio of Arendar IT-Security is an excellent fit with our strategic positioning in the industrial automation and communications infrastructure market, where more and more data needs to be exchanged securely as a result of digitization,” explains Konrad Garhammer, Managing Director of congatec Group.
“We particularly wish to expand our IoT connectivity expertise because of the ever-increasing cybersecurity requirements. Together with the hypervisor technology of our subsidiary Real Time Systems, we are now in a position to support our customers’ digital transformation with sustainable solution modules bearing the trustworthy ‘Made in Germany’ seal,” adds Daniel Jürgens, Managing Director of congatec Group.