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TMCNet:  Metric Systems Launches Next Generation Rhino Box®, a Mission-Critical, Environmentally-Controlled Equipment Enclosure

[March 20, 2013]

Metric Systems Launches Next Generation Rhino Box®, a Mission-Critical, Environmentally-Controlled Equipment Enclosure

VISTA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Metric Systems Corporation, (www.metricsystems.com) a manufacturer of industrial grade, mission-critical end-to-end communications and deployment solutions, today announced the availability of its second generation Rhino Box (News - Alert) rugged enclosure aimed at supporting critical communication and IT equipment in harsh weather and challenging deployment scenarios.

Rhino Box 12U and 9U enclosures provide a safe and controlled environment for high-value communicati ...

Rhino Box 12U and 9U enclosures provide a safe and controlled environment for high-value communication and IT equipment in harsh weather and challenging deployment scenarios. (Photo: Business Wire)

The second generation Rhino Box offers features and climatic control technology extending the range of operating scenarios including arctic (-30�F/-34�C), desert/arid (160�F/71�C), and equatorial/humid conditions. An embedded processor maintains up to a 1000 Watt internal equipment thermal load to within 5 degrees of ambient temperature, surpassing recommended operating conditions of commercial and industrial equipment. The next-generation Rhino Box incorporates the followng standard technologies:

  • Redundant Two Stage Heat Exchange System Operation:
    • In hot environments, eight (8) independent, high CFM processor-controlled intake and exhaust fans continuously exchange internal heat-laden air with cooler ambient air to maintain an optimal temperature margin for internal equipment.
    • In cold environments (-30�F/-34�C) processor-controlled redundant internal fans circulate internal and external air to maintain a safe internal operating environment.
    • Power flexibility
    • All-weather, highly efficient Aerogel insulation
      • Provides up to nineteen (19) times the thermal resistance of standard insulation, reducing solar energy transmission and internal heat loss.
  • Integrated Wire and Wireless Connectivity:
    • Local, secure wireless and remote WAN gateway for remote monitoring and control.

"In the field our customers operate in extreme environments. They rely upon the Rhino Box to provide the site shelter and connectivity needed to successfully carry out their business mission," said Bill Brown, CEO of Metric Systems. "Rhino's next generation structural and connectivity enhancements strengthen our commitment to provide an affordable and effective solution for supporting temporary and long-term field operations."

The Rhino Box was initially developed for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency as a tool to economically stage, test, deploy and operate mission critical communications in a smooth and manageable process, without the need for specialized fixed or temporary shelters, thus reducing operation and capital costs.

"The Rhino Box has been field-proven by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the U.S.-Mexico/Canadian border," added Brown.

On-site enclosure maintenance is unnecessary because Rhino Box's internal status is monitored and controlled via a local wired or wireless connection using a network capable PC, Smart Phone (News - Alert) or tablet, like an iPad. A WAN connection enables the Rhino to be monitored and controlled from anywhere in the world. Built with a field-tested high-impact, thick-skinned polyurethane case, enclosures range from 5U to 14U. For a majority of applications, the 12U and 9U Rhino Boxes are the most popular solution with custom options available to meet almost any need.

For more information, call 760-560-0348 and visit: http://www.safari-networks.com/products-2/rhino-box/


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