High availability for graphical user interfaces and the network

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced HiView in the EMEA region, a new tool that gives access to the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of managed switches in its Hirschmann range, without the need for a web browser. This tool, which supports a variety of Windows and Linux operating systems, also serves as a client for the network management software Industrial HiVision. Java libraries no longer need to be installed on users’ computers, thus increasing the availability of both the user interface and the network.

Since the new tool records all the necessary information in an internal folder, it neither needs to be installed, nor does it modify any registry entries on the computer. Alternatively, HiView can also be run from portable storage media such as USB sticks or SD cards. In addition, no special IT know-how is required for this tool, which since the beginning of February has been available for download free of charge from e-catalog.hirschmann.com, and will be available from April 2013 on product CDs.

A selection screen shows you all the switches that have recently been accessed, sorted by the number of accesses. You can click on any desired switch to open its graphical user interface. For increased security, it is simple and convenient to view the security certificates of both the products and the Java library. HiView will automatically use the most secure communication method, without additional input from the end user.

With HiView, Belden is launching an interface that for the first time can be used to directly access the GUIs of the switches in its Hirschmann range. “We have invested a lot of time in developing a unique automation tool,” says Product Manager Mark Cooksley. “Many users prefer not to have a web browser installed on their computers for security reasons, but they still want to take advantage of the products’ intuitive and user-friendly graphical user interface.”

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 inet-sales@belden.com for product inquiries.

About Belden

St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells connectivity solutions for markets including industrial, enterprise, and broadcast. It has approximately 6,700 employees, and has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.belden.com. Follow Belden on Twitter: @BeldenInc