Belden overhauls industrial network management software

Belden launches its Hirschmann-brand Industrial HiVision v5.0 network management software.

Belden has announced a major new release of its Hirschmann-brand Industrial HiVision network management software. Version 5.0 of Industrial HiVision builds on the success of previous releases by adding extensive customer-driven functionality, asserts the company. This results in a pragmatic network management solution that meets the specific challenges of configuring and supervising an industrial Ethernet network.

HiFusion, a tool provided free of charge with Industrial HiVision v5.0, is a stand-alone application that facilitates the integration of any SNMP-capable device into Industrial HiVision. HiFusion also includes a wizard to guide users through the creation of the integration files. Industrial HiVision v5.0 now offers the best of both worlds, says the company: the device management granularity of a manufacturer-specific application, and the device management diversity of a generic open network management platform.

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Like their office counterparts, industrial networks are becoming more heterogeneous, notes Belden. Rarely does a network consist of equipment from a single manufacturer. Concurrently, even as industrial networks are becoming larger and more complex, they must have the highest operational availability. This presents a unique challenge for a network management solution for which Industrial HiVision v5.0 offers an intelligent response: distributed management. A network management hierarchy provides master and slave network management stations to ensure that any size of network can be supervised.

“In the office world, network management is the domain of the IT department; experts with many years of IT experience. In the industrial world, not everyone is an IT specialist. Industrial HiVision was designed from the ground up to be a product that will be used by automation engineers. The project set-up wizard in v5.0 will take you step-by-step through the most daunting task--getting started. Of course, the resultant configuration can be customized later to fulfill your exact requirements,” comments Belden product manager Mark Cooksley.

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