Networking

Fluke updates OptiFiber with LAN and campus networks in mind
Fluke Networks Canada announced the availability of additional test modules and software for its OptiFiber Certifying OTDR, the company’s test solution for premises fibre optic networks.

OptiFiber’s extended range singlemode module offers a 60 km range, shorter dead-zones and increased range to support premises, campus and metro fibre optic network testing. The modules have an updated end-cap design, which features removable, cleanable OTDR ports and interchangeable power meter ports. A visual fault locator is also included for visual identification of fibre breaks or tight bends. These modules are available from Fluke Networks as options and in kits.

Software enhancements are designed to make real-time trace and optical return loss results easier to view in the field and save for data for viewing and documentation purposes, according to Fluke.

The OptiFiber Certifying OTDR and accompanying test modules and kits are available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks’ sales partners worldwide.

Wireless

Toshiba updates business notebook line
Toshiba of Canada announced three business notebook computers, the Tecra A7, Tecra A6 and Tecra M5 models, offering more memory and graphics capabilities.

The Tecra A7 PTA71C-LL701E offers advanced multimedia performance and security/durability. The system offers a 100GB had drive, an Intel Core Duo T2500-2.0GHz processor, 1GB DDR2, 256MB DDR video memory and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics controller. A 15.4-in. wide-screen comes standard. The unit retails for $2399.

The Tecra A6 PTA61C-CV001E features an Intel Centrino Duo T2300 processor and includes a 512MB DDR2, an 80GB hard drive, DVD Super-Multi Double Layer drive, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics chip with 128MB of video memory and Windows XP Pro. The Tecra A6 features a 14.1-in. wide-screen display with TruBrite technology, weighs less than six lbs and retails for $1599.

The Tecra M5 PTM51C-LV301E features a 14.1-in. XGA LCD display, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M graphics chipset and 512MB of DDR2 memory. The Tecra M5 includes a DVD Super Multi Double Layer drive, Intel Core Duo T2300 processor, an 80GB HDD and has a suggested retail price of $2199.

All three systems include wireless LAN 802.11a/g.

Data Management

Whitehill Technologies releases IStream Communicator 2.2
Whitehill Technologies Inc. introduced the latest release of IStream Communicator, part of the InSystems product line which focuses on speed-to-market for the insurance industry.

Whitehill’s InSystems line is designed to help insurers get new products to market faster by managing the product lifecycle, from initial drafting of contract language through approvals and policy issuance. IStream Communicator 2.2 was designed to be a part of that process, handling customer service, support and communications once a policy has been issued.

IStream Communicator 2.2 lets insurers create personalized communications with their customers and maintain account continuity. It distributes correspondence via e-mail, postage and fax, providing a searchable content repository for retrieval and online viewing of customer and policy-related documents.

The latest version of IStream Communicator provides integration with home-grown and third-party applications, improved clustering and load balancing for better performance and platform support for IBM WAS 6 Express.

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