Network management software improves productivity

Network management software from Belden has been revised and the latest version of its Hirschmann network management software has been announced. Industrial HiVision 7.0 improves productivity, claims the company, by allowing the simultaneous configuration of hundreds of devices from any manufacturer that are enabled with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It is designed especially for automation networks and is in use worldwide in the power and utility, transportation, water/wastewater and discrete manufacturing industries.

A customisable network dashboard provides instant visibility to key network health indicators, making it easy to take corrective or preventative measures, says the company, for improved availability and security for industrial networks.

According to the company, the latest version has security functionalities to make it easier to control and take action on factors that impact security. These include accurate device configurations and instant visibility to security status indicators that can be readily seen and acted on via the network dashboard.

Manufacturers can always know the status of a network without having to look through multiple network maps to spot problems. The network dashboard displays key performance indicators, such as devices with warning or error statuses, security information, and the top 10 worst-performing devices by response time. Network managers can customise it to meet specific network supervision needs by adding or removing widgets on the indicators.

They can simultaneously configure hundreds of SNMP-enabled industrial devices, from any manufacturer both during commissioning and live operation. This new capability improves engineering productivity, as well as configuration accuracy, a key factor for high network performance and protection.

A free-of-charge, fully functional, 16-node trial version can be downloaded for hands-on experience with the product’s features and benefits before buying the product.

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