Archive for August, 2011

Visionic 5 – affordable and amazing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

After a careful analysis of M&C market, Intorel came up with a solution suitable for everyone – in a true sense of the word, since Visionic5 now comes in three different editions, aimed at three different segments.


Professional
, full version as we know it, aimed at large telecom systems.  Visionic5 Professional is capable of supporting unlimited number of devices.

·         Visionic Spectrum Analyzer included

·         One license per one Visionic server/per one computer where the system is executed

·         Microsoft Visio NOT included


Frontline
, a perfect solution for small and medium sized M&C systems for satellite and broadcast centers. This solution supports up to 7 devices. The price includes Visionic Frontline Package and additional device driver at additional cost.

·         One license per one Visionic server/per one computer where the system is executed

·         Microsoft Visio NOT included


VSAT, 
specially tailored to suit the VSAT and SNG budget, designed to support small systems with up to 7 devices. 

·         Local GUI client only + remote control from Visionic HUB station

·         One license per one Visionic server/per one computer where the system is executed

·         Preconfigured schema delivery

·         Designer not included

·         Volume discount available

·         Visionic Engineering Services included

 

This is not the only surprise that comes with the improved licensing model. Product licensing is now software-based and does not require use of HASP keys. Number of clients per M&C server is unlimited, and includes bot design and runtime license. The price is calculated based on number of devices, not device drivers, allowing you to determine your budget without surprises. Auto-backup, macros, EIRP displays and text displays are free of charge.

 

Visionic5 – better by the minute!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Intorel deveopment team has no rest these days, they are being creative, inspired and hardworking. They set their minds on a single goal – make Visionic5 better than ever!

 

Visionic Starter

The complete Visionic is now started with one icon, from one place. This is the central place for all Visionic projects. It organizes operator’s and designers tasks into one place. Shortcut icons for all Visionic tasks and frequently used utilities are here.

Project organization

All Visionic5 projects are stored under single directory with the file structure compatible with previous versions. This organization allows easier project management and backup/restore operations.

Server settings in one place

The server settings, including SNMP templates and MODBUS settings, are now within the project. Because of this, the setup time for new computer with the same project is now minimized and simplifier. No more registry settings.

Projects

The projects are now organized in a single My Documents\ directory. The project’s subdirectory structure include all settings, drivers and files required to run Visionic5 clients/servers or remote Visionic4 clients.

Changes made easy

The engineers can make the minor (or major) changes easy with Visionic5 system. The Visio file is now always present on the server; thus system can be changed from the server easily. It is now also easy to take the complete snapshot of the system (in a single .VZ file) and restore it on the design workstation. All the settings, in the exact version as on the server, are there instantly.

Project transfer between machines = simple as copying a file

The project transfer between design and runtime computer is now simplified. Instead of creating setups, the designed exports the project into a .VZ file. This file is then opened (imported) on the target server and all project’s settings are instantly available.

Making the changes with confidence

Making changes on the project is now easier with Visionic5. First the operator can take the snapshot (e.g. export the project) into a file on a flash drive. This snapshot gives the confidence that the project can later be restored, no matter what happens.

Restoring Visionic computers

Sometimes computers crash, with irreparable HD or similar damage. With new Visionic5, the new computer is installed with ease; backup computers and spares for any system can be prepared in advance. The operator action is now reduced to importing a single file and running the system as it was before.

Easily upgrade previous versions

The new Visionic5 has the import feature; which will import the Visionic server settings into the Visionic5 project. The procedure is simplified and generally it involves recompiling the Visio schematic with the new Visionic5 compiler.

Server changes

The new Visionic5 server is rewritten to harness the power of the multicore computers. The device drivers are further isolated; by default they run in separate process and address space from the central server. The result is overall increase of the performances of the system.

New .NET web server

Each Visionic5 station now serves its own content, via web browser. This allows remote operators to access the system via web browser, install and run the client on the Windows computer or see trends and events on the system in a given time period.

Server console

The server now exposes most frequently used functions via HTTP and GUI console programs. The server console allows writing batch programs to start your customized Visionic system.

Logging engine

The logging of events in Visionic5 now uses SQLite database as its native format. The logs are stored for up to one year in circular database files. The new logging engine also improves reading performance. The events are now also exposed via XML and/or JSON requests to the server.

Alarm engine

The new server-based alarm engine allows centralized management of all alarms in the system. This means that all alarms are now created on the server. The new system offers better performance and better management of alarms.

Backward compatible with the scripts

The new Visionic5 is still compatible with custom scripts written for Visionic4 servers. This minimizes the overall transfer time from Visionic4 to Visionic5 systems.

Device drivers

The new generation of device drivers has been recompiled to support new features of Visionic5 server. The access to hardware layer of the computer (via TCP/IP, UDP or serial ports) is now further improved and two devices from different drivers can now share access to the same resource in timely fashion.

SNMP Device Driver

The new SNMP device driver can each run in its separate process, allowing fast SNMP polling on separate networks with few SNMP nodes. The new driver also now supports internal variables that are not transferred to the client.

Integrated RRDVisLogger

The logging and trending solutions of the previous Visionic versions are now incorporated into one, new version of the RRDVisLogger application. The new logging application is now fully integrated into the Visionic5 runtime.

Design changes

All system designers are now concentrated onto one place and accessed from the Visionic starter.

Office tab interface

Almost all design and runtime editors now include Office-like tab bar instead of menu bars. This makes programs easier to use and leaner learning curve.

Macro editor

The new, fresh, macro editor has new, modern user interface that shortens the editing time of the macro. The XML access to the macro sources is also included. The designer can now edit and test the macros with ease and confidence.

Tag editor

This editor now works only locally and allows defining and setting up tags in the system.

Actions editor

With the all-new GUI editor it is easier than ever to enter conditions and test and transfer between these conditions between projects.

SNMP Device Editor

The designer can now change MIB-imported enumerated values directly from the editor, for the particular project.