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MDS Orbit Platform

Converged Communications for
Hybrid Networks


GE’s MDS Orbit™ platform is the next generation industrial wireless communications solution.  The platform supports a diverse portfolio of industrial modems, routers and gateways to extend wireless network coverage in various spectrum and geographic conditions.  The MDS Orbit is factory-configurable and offers a range of technologies from cellular, unlicensed,  licensed, and are available in two form factors, the dual-Wide Area Network (WAN) radio MCR (Multiservice-Connect Router) and the single-WAN radio ECR (Edge-Connect Router).  The Orbit MCR provides an industry unique advantage of dual radio uplinks which help minimize network downtime with capabilities such as signal quality based smart auto failover and other redundancy features.  Customer hybrid communications networks are supported with popular use cases such as licensed narrowband and LTE connectivity in one solution. 

MDS Orbit offers 4G LTE and supports a host of different cellular models.  MDS Orbit 4G LTE router is now FirstNet Ready™ and available for use on FirstNet®, delivering the security and reliability needed by first responders and utilities.

MDS Orbit’s Licensed Narrowband (LN) Series radio with QAM and adaptive modulation, offer 6 times increase in speed, cutting edge performance and networking capabilities.   MDS Orbit’s 900 MHz unlicensed Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) radio offers high throughput with low latency while supporting a variety of deployment topologies.

The MDS Orbit platform offers industry leading cyber security and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) compliance to protect critical networks from attack.  The comprehensive security framework supports three unique facets of enterprise requirements: device, user and network security. With optional FIPS-140-2 Level 2 validation, the MDS Orbit has been tested and formally validated by the US and Canadian governments.

Upgrade your existing iNET II network to the MDS Orbit Platform today!

Download the iNET II upgrade whitepaper to learn more about the benefits of migrating to meet modern network requirements.

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What's New

  • Private LTE in CBRS
  • Now FirstNet Ready™
  • EMP hardened per MIL-STD-461G, RS105
  • Advanced MAC Mode provides the best real-world narrowband performance
  • Advanced Polling Mode (250 remotes per AP)
  • Added 32QAM for improved performance
  • Efficient pass-through native serial
  • Auto failover between Access Points
  • 50 kHz in 130-155 MHz and 800-880 MHz bands
  • TACACS+
 


MDS Orbit Interactive Explorer
MDS Orbit Platform Overview

Due to technology limitations, utilities today install and manage communication networks that are purpose-built for each application. With the MDS Orbit Platform, utilities can now capitalize on uniform security to converge disparate applications within one network and reduce personnel training time. MDS Orbit is a highly versatile industrial wireless platform that provides multiple wireless access technologies depending on terrain, customer concentrations and economy.

MDS Orbit Application Example

MDS Orbit Application Example


Comprehensive Security Framework


A foundational building block for the MDS Orbit Platform is security, a core competency area for GE, and a critical consideration and requirement for evaluating wireless communications systems for customers across all industry types and geographies. GE approached the development of its comprehensive security framework from three different perspectives:

  • Securing the device – ensuring that the device isn’t compromised by tampering or alterations
  • Securing the user – ensuring that only the right users have access to prevent inappropriate device, network configuration and status entry
  • Securing the network – ensuring that only the right devices are on the network by preventing unauthenticated access to the network/services

By securing the device, the user, and the network with open standards-based algorithms and protocols, the MDS Orbit Platform provides the necessary functions and tools to enable utilities to meet cyber security requirements and regulations.

Security Features Embedded in the MDS Orbit Platform


Advanced System Performance

GE’s MDS Orbit Platform has been designed with flexibility to allow use of different communication technologies to meet specific bandwidth, range, frequency, and geographic requirements of industrial applications. The CPU horsepower of an MDS Orbit device can be scaled to meet the application, network, and security performance requirements of a broad range of utility applications.

To further support advanced performance, the MDS Orbit Platform:

  • Uses standards based technology
  • Is ruggedized in a die-cast aluminum enclosure
  • Operates in industrial temperature ranges (-40°C to +70°C)
  • Provides IP routing, port forwarding and network address translation
  • Leverages GE’s best-in-class quality and testing procedures

Ease of Use and Integration


Several features have been designed into the MDS Orbit Platform to provide ease of use for customers, reducing the learning curve for new users, and reducing the time required for network deployment, troubleshooting and maintenance.


  • A common web page and command line interface provides consistency across all MDS Orbit product models.
  • The technology-agnostic user interface provides common nomenclature, processes and Wizards for product and network configuration.
  • A USB console enables users to locally connect to devices to provision, configure and monitor status.
  • Multiple communication ports allow connection to PLCs, RTUs, controllers and other end devices.
  • Wall mount and DIN rail mount options allow flexibility in cabinet and enclosure installations.
  • Network management with MDS PulseNET provides out-of-the-box management for MDS radio networks.

MDS Orbit Platform – An Interior View

MDS Orbit Platform – An Exterior View

MDS Orbit ECR – An Exterior View

MDS Orbit ECR