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New network management software from Rohde & Schwarz

24 April 2013
New network management software from Rohde & Schwarz

R&S BC-NETSTATE, Rohde & Schwarz’s new hardware independent network management software, makes it possible to monitor the entire broadcasting network from a central network operations centre (NOC). The software displays the broadcast network on a geographical map and integrates all devices (regardless of manufacturer) at a transmitter site or within a network. All device parameters are scanned, processed and displayed. Remote control is also possible over a web interface. Users can set up the configuration themselves and modify it to meet changing requirements. If the network is expanded, new devices can be integrated. Logic circuits can be developed without programming knowledge. The logic generator includes libraries that offer numerous ways to make logical connections. The software offers all major management functionality such as error management, alarm correlation and network quality testing. The customisable user interface enables the user to immediately identify fault messages and quickly forward them as a text message or e-mail to the appropriate technician. Acoustic signal tones can also be used to indicate new faults. When an alarm is assessed as an actual network fault, incident tickets can be created. These tickets are sequentially processed in the network. Using R&S BC-NETSTATE, critical network parameters can continuously be monitored, stored and calculated in accordance with contractual specifications. Alarms and fault messages are added up, statistically evaluated and documented. R&S BC-NETSTATE controls the devices using simple network management protocol (SNMP). A protocol converter enables communications with devices that are not SNMP-compatible.

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