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Belden launches new software for industrial networks


Belden Inc. has released a new version of its Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software, which is designed to help people charged with configuring and supervising industrial Ethernet networks.

HiFusion, a tool provided free of charge with Industrial HiVision v5.0, is a stand-alone application which facilitates the integration of any SNMP-capable device into Industrial HiVision. It also includes a wizard, to guide users through the creation of the integration files.

The release means Industrial HiVision v5.0 now offers the device management granularity of a manufacturer-specific application and the device management diversity of a generic open network management platform, said Belden.

Whilst industrial networks are becoming larger and more complex, at the same time they must have the highest operational availability, noted Belden. In response, Industrial HiVision v5.0 offers a network management hierarchy that provides master and slave network management stations, to ensure that any size of network can be supervised.

“In the industrial world, not everyone is an IT specialist," product manager Mark Cooksley explains. "Industrial HiVision was designed from the ground up to be a product which 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.”