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Belden updates security on WLAN Software

February 032015

February 3, 2015 – Belden updated Hirschmann HiLCOS 9.0 WLAN software for maximum network availability and data security across wireless connections.

HiLCOS 9.0 helps ensure the highest-available wireless connection, while also protecting industrial networks from malicious behavior. 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.

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.

“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,” said Director Product Management Andreas Gramer. “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.”

“In addition to reliability, securing wireless networks is vital to plant safety, data integrity and around-the-clock operation,” adds Gramer.

About Belden

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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