Today in Products: Fluke releases first response tool


Fluke’s EtherScope Series II offers first response tools
Fluke Networks Canada launched the EtherScope Series II Network Assistant. This tool provides vision into twisted pair, fibre optic and wireless LANs, designed for network professionals who are first responders and for everyday network problems. New to the product are Gigabit fibre connections, 802.1X authentication, a connection log and enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE) verification.

EtherScope Series II connects to both fibre optic and twisted pair networks for vision into mixed-medium networks. An SFP cage accepts optional 1000BASE-SX/ LX/ZX optical transceivers, alongside a permanent full-duplex 10/100/1000 twisted pair RJ-45 interface. Problems with the client-network connection process are seen and diagnosed via EtherScope’s Connection Log. Users can troubleshoot the cause of 802.1X security authentication problems (more than 10 EAP types). The Connection Log is also designed to troubleshoot dynamic addressing (DHCP IP) and WLAN association problems.

EtherScope Series II assists in the diagnosis and repair of PoE systems. By emulating a powered device (PD), it can solicit and measure DC voltage on each pin. According to Fluke, this eliminates the need for a separate PoE detector, further reducing the number of tools the technician must have on hand.

The new EtherScope Series II Network Assistant is available from Fluke Networks’ channel, with an MSRP starting at $5,999.00.

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SAP announces update of Global Trade Application
SAP AG announced that it has updated its solution to help companies manage complex business processes for cross-border global trade. SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS) was first introduced in 2002 to help standardize and streamline end-to-end import and export processes to enhance their global supply chains and ensure trade compliance.  Functionalities in the new version allow companies to automate the letter of credit process and management of customs warehousing procedures to achieve enhanced trade efficiencies.

According to the company, the latest version of SAP GTS helps companies mitigate the risk of cross-border trade by providing added functionality to automate the creation and maintenance of letters of credit. SAP GTS customers can also take advantage of automated customs warehousing procedures. Also, the upgraded application supports compliance with the upcoming mandatory Automated Export System filing requirements that will affect exporting companies in the U.S. as well as in Europe.

Logipole Releases Konvertor 3.51
Logipole updated it’s Konverter offering and now supports over 1230 multimedia formats and offers viewing/editing/conversion options for most audio, video, image and text formats. Konvertor 3.51 comes with conversion from one format to another, screen capturing options, file labeling, applying personal notes, special effects and filters to images (blur, resize, charcoal, shear, rotate, contrast and others), PDF creation and other features.

The program can function as an “add-on” for Windows Explorer, which allows for instantaneous image previews launched by pressing the right mouse button in a Windows window. It can also compress multimedia files or extract/visualize multimedia components from ZIP, RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, LZH and LHA compressed files.

Konvertor 3.51 is distributed electronically over the Internet with a demo version available. A single licence costs US$27.00, with all subsequent upgrades included.


MGE UPS Systems releases RemotePowerMonitoring Service
MGE UPS Systems announced the release of the RemotePowerMonitoring service that automatically monitors a customer’s MGE 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems around the clock. Any power disturbance or irregularity is recognized and reported to the MGE customer care centre.

RemotePowerMonitoring service provides real-time notification of UPS anomalies and equipment status to the central station at MGE customer care centre. This solution looks for communication faults, battery levels, battery discharge, battery end-of-life, load-on-bypass, alarm conditions, inverter-on-battery and internal microprocessor condition. The MGE customer care technicians observe and analyze the condition of the UPS system in real-time. When a fault is detected, a notification of the specific problem is sent by fax, e-mail or pager to one of 150 MGE factory field engineers.

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