Dan Goodin at Ars Technica pointed out something very curious to me yesterday. RuggedCom recently took down their ‘Customers’ page, which includes a list of companies for which RuggedCom is the OEM. Fortunately various search engines keep caches of these things, including the Internet Wayback Machine™.
I have been fascinated with the OEM scene since listening to Sean McBride’s excellent presentation at S4 this past year . Like automotive manufacturers, ICS equipment vendors have some very interesting and sometimes very odd relationships with other vendors. Sometimes these are relationships with embedded OS and library (software), sometimes vendors make hardware for other vendors, and sometimes the relationships extend to both, with the OEM purchaser simply slapping a badge on the front…
In particular, RuggedCom had the following list of companies as OEM purchasers from their historical pages:
– Cooper Power
– General Electric
– Schweitzer Engineering