WLAN software enables secure and reliable wireless connections

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Belden Inc. is updating its Hirschmann HiLCOS 9.0 WLAN software for maximum network availability and data security across wireless connections.

Product Manager Andreas Gramer says: “Our goal is to help industrial networks achieve wireless connections that match the reliability of wired solutions and the enhancements we’ve made to HiLCOS 9.0 do just that. Through our OpenBAT family, which is supported by this new software version, network managers can confidently use wireless technology in their mission-critical applications – especially when distance or environmental conditions make wired options too expensive or challenging.”

HiLCOS 9.0 helps ensure the highest available wireless connection, while also protecting industrial networks from malicious behaviour. Many markets, such as transportation (railways), power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, renewable energy, machine building and other hazardous environments, can benefit from the software’s newest features.

Gramer adds: “In addition to reliability, securing wireless networks is vital to plant safety, data integrity and around-the-clock operation.” The updated software enables network managers to monitor and control human and machine network flows, while also protecting traffic from unwanted threats or attacks.

Additional features available in the 9.0 version include:

  • Simple deployment through an Automatic Wireless Distribution System (AutoWDS)
  • Enhanced security through a Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS), Protected Management Frames (PMF), Layer 2 firewalls with stateful packet inspection and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
  • Zero network failover due to Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP), even in situations with high latency and traffic congestion

For more information about the HiLCOS 9.0 WLAN Software, click here.

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