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Fluke introduces CableIQ Service Kit for connectivity and communications testing
Fluke Networks Canada announced the CableIQ Service Kit, which makes it possible for a single data cabling service technician to both troubleshoot the cabling and verify network service. The service kit provides tools for the best practice of having the service technician perform both passive connectivity tests on cabling and active communications tests on network operation.

The product is designed for organizations performing moves, adds and changes. The CableIQ Service Kit reduces the amount of manpower required to perform common tasks by providing technicians with the tools required to test both the cabling and network.

The CableIQ Service Kit includes the CableIQ Qualification Tester, which determines the ability of the cable to support the required network speed and troubleshoots cabling performance faults and the LinkRunner Network Multimeter which determines whether the network drop is active and verifies communication to key network devices.

The CableIQ Qualification tester determines whether an existing cable link is qualified to support the network’s required bandwidth and provides detailed information on the nature and location of cabling performance faults. A four-second test determines whether a link, including patch cords, is qualified for voice, 10/100BASE-T, Gig or VoIP.

CableIQ also provides detailed information on the nature and location of cabling performance faults. Intelligent wiremap graphically displays the cable’s wiring configuration and shows the distance to opens and shorts. CableIQ’s Discover mode identifies what’s at the far end of any cable, including the seven remote office identifiers offered in the kit.

The new CableIQ Service Kit is available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks sales partners worldwide.


HP introduces POS solution for small to large retailers
HP recently expanded it’s POS lineup with an all-in-one solution. The solution is based on the HP rp5000 POS system and includes retail peripherals running on an open-standards hardware and software platform.

The offering includes a receipt printer, scanner, cash drawer, magnetic stripe reader, keyboard and touch screen display, all integrated into the rp5000 system. The HP peripherals can be purchased separately or as part of a complete solution through HP reseller partners.

The system also features four powered serial ports, four powered USB 2.0 ports, two standard USB 2.0 ports and two full-height PCI slots for connectivity.

Canadian pricing:

  • HP POS system rp5000 – Starting at $1,079
  • HP USB Barcode Scanner – $186
  • HP USB Cash Drawer – $234
  • HP USB Mini MSR – $86
  • HP USB POS Keyboard – $186
  • HP USB Thermal Receipt Printer – $419
  • HP L5006tm 15 inch LCD Touchscreen Monitor – $679
  • POS Operating Systems – Sold separately through resellers based on customer requirements


IBM introduces update to E-forms solution
IBM announced IBM Workplace Forms 2.6, a suite of products designed to drive down the cost of business transactions while bringing increased flexibility and open standards to the previously proprietary world of electronic forms.

The latest version of Workplace Forms creates a dynamic environment for Web-based forms viewing and filling, making interacting with forms faster, more usable and interactive by moving functionality to the browser. Available in 26 languages, forms created with Workplace Forms can be deployed by organizations of all sizes and can be tailored across any industry or sector.

The new suite offers a forms viewer that automates roles-based responsibilities, a forms design tool to speed up forms creation and a forms server that allows Web browser access and offers the ability to save a form at anytime in the workflow process.

Page pack pricing allows for IBM Workplace Forms to be licensed in units of 25 pages, used as a single form or multiple forms. Per form pricing enables organizations to deploy a select number of forms to an unlimited number of users.

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Oracle unveils event-driven middleware suite
Oracle announced the availability of an integrated, standards-based product offering to help organizations build, deploy and manage event-driven applications, based on an Event-Driven Architecture (EDA).

Oracle Event-Driven Architecture Suite is comprised of Oracle Fusion Middleware products that allow customers to sense, identify, analyze and respond to business events in real-time. EDA is a key component of SOA 2.0 that defines how events and services are linked together to deliver a flexible and responsive IT infrastructure.

Oracle EDA Suite includes a design time environment to easily define and correlate events. Oracle Enterprise Service Bus is used to collect and distribute events, Oracle Business Rules is used to define business policies on events and Oracle Business Activity Monitoring is used to monitor and analyze Business Events. There are also pre-built solutions for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other systems.

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