Belden Presents New Hirschmann Brand Software Platform 8.0
The new release significantly extends the functionality of managed switches from the MACH, MICE, Rail and OCTOPUS families. Depending on the switch family, new features include special tools such as an integrated IEC61850 server for seamless integration with data networks for power generation and distribution. A PTP power profile according to IEEE C37.238 also allows these networks to be accurately synchronized. Thanks to support for Jumbo frames, which ensure optimum utilization of user data, high-resolution video applications are also possible. Furthermore, in addition to extensions for PROFINET and Ethernet/IP, the release for all four switch families offers additional mechanisms for detecting overload situations, as well as improved diagnostic, documentation and encryption mechanisms. Like the previous version, the new software release 8.0 supports extensive management, diagnostic and filter functions, as well as various redundancy methods, security mechanisms and real-time applications. As a result, it is particularly suited to applications in the energy industry, the oil and gas sector, and the automotive industry.
Both RSR switches from the Rail family and switches from the MACH 1000 series feature the integrated IEC61850 server and the PTP power profile. Jumbo frames are supported by MACH104 and MACH1040 devices.
The mechanisms for detecting overload situations, which ensure high network availability, offer the option of disabling ports in addition to various filter functions. These features are available for all four switch families as are the new diagnostic options which allow all ports to be mirrored to one port and differentiated according to data received and sent.
Thanks to an integrated "watermark" it is possible to check whether the configuration of the switch still corresponds to the original state. SSHv2 enables secure encryption of console access. The security mechanisms include authentication, radius and port security.
With version 8.0 of the software release from its Hirschmann product range, Belden offers the most powerful operating system for Industrial Ethernet switches currently available. Product manager Jürgen Schmid says: "With this release, managed switches from Hirschmann not only have more standard features than any other network devices in the automation field, but also offer a host of special functions. For example, diagnostic information can be transmitted directly to controllers, making the switch an integral component of the respective application."
Hirschmann, a Belden Brand, manufactures Ethernet switches, wireless access points, firewall/VPN routers and network management software for harsh industrial environments. The Hirschmann brand stands for experience and expertise in the automation, power transmission and distribution, transportation and energy industries, having pioneered the development of Ethernet as a common standard for industrial control systems.
Hirschmann products ensure hassle-free and secure data communication under the harshest conditions due to their ruggedized design and construction. For more information about Hirschmann, please visit www.hirschmann.com or e-mail for product inquiries.
Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
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