Visionic 5.2 free for clients with maintenance contract

The latest version of the industry standard monitoring and controlling software Visionic by Intorel – Visionic 5.2 – is available to download for our clients with the maintenance contract.

To download Visionic 5.2 just login in with your details into our website, and you will find the latest Visionic update available for download.

Some of the many updates include, improved SNMP template builder, such as the drag-drop support, sorting of the variables and similar.

More than 15 new device drivers were added so that the library is always kept up to date.

The alarm center has been adjusted as to increase the precision of all the set up actions and macros.

Besides, the license detection mechanism has been changed, meaning that hardware changes, such as change of MAC address, do not affect the license.

If you would like to know more about the many improvements made to Visionic 5.2, please check the full list of the Visionic 5.2 Release Notes.

Since 2002, the launch of the first version of Visionic, the product has been carefully revised and improved, as to become what it is today – industry standard, proven by hundreds of systems and recommended by the most distinguished companies around the world.

Visionic 5.2 is designed to be used by any industrial monitoring, controlling and automating application that requires reliability, automation and advanced features. It provides integration of all your subsystems into a single, convenient solution. From there, you can detect, connect and operate your remote or in-house equipment in any way you can possibly imagine.

In particular, Visionic products have been used for: DVB-S/S2 Satellite Uplink Stations, VSAT Systems, TVRO Systems, Fixed and Mobile Microwave Links, DSNG Systems, Fiber Optic Systems, DVB-T Encoding & Multiplexing Head-ends, ATM/SDH/PDH/IP Transport Networks and IPTV Head-ends.

If you are interested in more information on Visionic 5.2 please contact us on sales@intorel.com.

Upgrade to Visionic 5.2

With the new Visionic 5.2, you will benefit from new upgrades and improvements – for example the fact that the device drivers are now asynchronous, which minimizes the processing time and therefore allows even bigger Visionic systems to be run on a standard hardware.

Besides, the server will not block at any operation and it also increases the availability of the server.

All the bugs of the previous Visionic versions have been corrected and you will then profit of a better and faster Visionic by upgrading to the new version, Visionic 5.2.

At Intorel, we care that our clients have the best and most user-friendly product possible.

That is why the new Open Dialog allows listing views (list, details) as well as sorting and filtering by any column in the dialog, when opening projects in Visionic 5.

It makes searching and opening the projects faster for the user.

By upgrading you will benefit of new features, as for the more than 15 new device drivers that were added in order to always keep the library up to date.

Moreover, the device drivers can now produce log files automatically.

They’re kept for user to check the debugging and runtime data of each device later on and so that he can compare the present and past operations of the devices.

Read more about the update on Visionic blog.

Follow the link for the full list of  Visionic 5.2 Release Notes.

Intorel’s latest version of its M&C software, Visionic 5.2, has arrived.

Intorel’s latest version of its industry standard software for M&C, Visionic 5.2, is now available.

As the company is constantly looking for innovation and improvement, Visionic 5.2 has gone through some changes in order to increase the client’s experience with Visionic.

The SNMP template builder has been improved, such as drag-drop support, sorting of the variables and similar.

More than 15 new device drivers were added so that the library is always kept up to date and the alarm center bug has been corrected and can now correctly execute all actions and macros that have been set up.

As to ease the user’s work and due to prevalent demand, the device drivers can now produce log files automatically. They’re kept for user to check the debugging and runtime data of each device later on and so that he can compare the present and past operations of the devices.

Visionic 5.2 device drivers are now asynchronous, which minimizes the processing time, allowing even bigger Visionic systems to be run on a standard hardware. The server will not block at any operation and it also increases the availability of the server.

Another point is that the Visionic 5 documentation has been updated with all the information about SNMP devices and templates, which was previously in a separate appendix.

The license detection mechanism has been changed, meaning that hardware changes, such as change of MAC address, do not affect the license. The system used to previously ask to re-enter the license in case of some VPN Network softwares.

Upon changing the alarm level in the Alarm Center, the client would only apply the new level after the restart of the system. This issue has been corrected in the newest version and Alarm Center will apply the correct level and color at the next alarm raise, without any system restart.

The TabStripEx script (VBscript) has been updated, as in the previous version, a bug caused Visionic client to load very slowly if a lot of TabStripEx elements had been misconfigured. The system is now updated in order to allow swift loading and operation, even if the element is not correctly configured in Visio.

In addition, a Virtual Service Element has been included in Visionic 5.2 and, besides the existing functionality, it can now produce custom-based alarms.

An HTTP/XML device driver has been also incorporated and it allows connecting HTTP / HTTPS devices into Visionic system.

Moreover, when opening projects in Visionic 5, the new Open Dialog allows listing views (list, details) as well as sorting and filtering by any column in the dialog. It makes searching and opening the projects faster for the user.

Dependency files have been incorporated in the client setups because in the previous version of Visionic, when installing remote client for some systems, not all the files would be transferred. The engineer would have then to copy a driver from the server machine and manually register it. In the new version, 5.2, these issues are solved and all necessary files for the remote client execution are comprised.

Lastly, the version number of the Visionic system (5.2 currently) has been added and is now prominent on the dashboard, client and server startup screens.

Since 2002, the very first launch of the first version of Visionic, the product has been carefully revised and improved, as to become what it is today – an industry standard, proven by hundreds of systems and recommended by the most distinguished companies around the world.

Visionic 5.2 provides integration of all your subsystems into a single, convenient solution. From there, you can detect, connect and operate your remote or in-house equipment in any way you can possibly imagine.

It is designed to be used by any industrial monitoring, controlling and automating application that requires reliability, automation and advanced features. In particular, Visionic products have been used for: DVB-S/S2 Satellite Uplink Stations, VSAT Systems, TVRO Systems, Fixed and Mobile Microwave Links, DSNG Systems, Fiber Optic Systems, DVB-T Encoding & Multiplexing Head-ends, ATM/SDH/PDH/IP Transport Networks and IPTV Head-ends.

 

 

Case Study: Installation of the Uplink M&C system in Myanmar

uponarrival1In December 2011, the Intorel team went to Myanmar to install an Uplink Monitoring & Controlling system on the Tanyin Uplink station, which belongs to the Ministry of Telecommunications.

In November 2011, we received the station’s hardware schematic and started immediately to prepare the entire system in house, here in Luxembourg, taking in consideration the station’s needs and requirements.

We prepared everything in demo version, all the device drivers were tested in house, so that when we would be there, we’d only have to install it on the server and on the client.

During the preparation of the project we advised our local partner on the hardware requirements needed for the installation of the Visionic.

Our partner company Anatron organised and secured timely shipment and procurement of all of the equipment locally, as to minimize the costs and simplify the logistics.

We did this so we could prevent any transport and customs issues related to import of the equipment, while at the same time one of the client’s requirement was to procure equipment in the region, as to help the local economy.

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Due to planning ahead, everything was already there when the Intorel team arrived at the Myanmar station, therefore all we had to do was start cabling and connecting the equipment to the server.

As their previous equipment was quite old, we had to rearrange the connectors and cables so that they would fit properly, which was no problem for us.

Before starting the connection to the devices, we had to pull the cables from the equipment to the server.

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From the beginning, we found it important to let our customers participate on the installation and connection of the system, and to keep them up to date with the process of installation.

This way, they would know how everything was installed and connected and where everything is, so that in case there would be a problem, they would know how to repair it.

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After the whole installation of the server and the connection of the rest of the gear was done, we tested it to check the communication of the server with the equipment.

As everything was working correctly, time came to provide training for our clients.

We explained them how Visionic works, what happens and how it shows when there is a problem, and how they could make changes on Visionic.

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With planning ahead, as well as cooperation from our clients, we managed to finalise the installation and the operators’ training in 4 days.

After our work was done, it was time to head back to Luxembourg.

We would like to also thank our trusted partner Anat Bongsudhiruks from Anatron, without whom we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do business with Myanmar and meet such wonderful people.

Anat was our project leader and helped us to make this project by guiding us so that we could fulfil all the clients’ wishes and needs in the best possible way.

It would definitely not be our last time in Myanmar.

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Visionic 5 compilation with ‘Microsoft Active Protection’

INTOREL is advising its clients on the procedure of compiling the schematic with Visionic5 on computers (XP or Windows 7) with antivirus software ‘Microsoft Active Protection’ switched on.

On a computer without an antivirus software, compiling of the schematic with Visionic5 is done in a matter of seconds.

If you are trying to execute the procedure with ‘Microsoft Active Protection’ turned on (antivirus software) the compilation will last for several minutes.

Therefore, please note and rest assured that in both cases, with or without an antivirus software on your computer, compiling the schematic with Visionic5 will be done.

Visionic5 Professional can be used with diverse equipment and hundreds of device drivers manufactured by well-known companies such as Cisco, Newtec, Andrew, Advantech, CPI, ND SatCom, Vertex, Codan, Comtech, ETL Evertz, MCL, Miteq Mitec, Peak Paradise, Radyne, Rhodes & Schwartz, Tandberg and many others.

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Visionic Spectrum Analyzer: IP connections and routing

Visionic Spectrum Analyzer is a client-server program. In many cases, the client can be physically far away from the server; and in such cases there are security measures such as firewalls, routers and so on, that need to be taken into account.

The goal of this text is to explain and specify which IP ports are used. This text can be used by system engineers and network administrators to allow specific ports between Visionic SA client and the server.

The Visionic Spectrum Analyzer streams the data from the instrument to all of its clients. Like most of the streaming protocols, the Visionic Spectrum Analyzer uses UDP to disseminate the trace (information from the instrument) to all its clients.

At the same time, the Spectrum Analyzer Server has one TCP/IP port opened to accept command and control instructions coming from different clients.

Please refer to the picture below where you can see the initial handshaking negotiations between Visionic Spectrum Analyzer Server and Client:

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As we can see from the image above, following IP ports are used:

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Visionic Spectrum Analyzer 2.0

The Visionic Spectrum Analyzer 2.0 (VSA) is an Add-On and Standalone software solution which will enable the user, through an intuitive GUI, to perform advanced analysis and signal measurements.

VSA allows remote monitoring of your physical devices; it can monitor different VSA devices from various PCs, anywhere on the network.

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With VSA, you will have the ability to monitor and control your physical devices remotely and without any interruption. You will also be able to monitor different devices from various PCs anywhere on the network.

The software has all the features of the physical, hardware SA device included but is improved with a broad range of smart add-ons.

One of the most valuable features of VSA is logging and log playing-out. SA logs all the information coming from the instrument (signal trace, commands issued, alarms, alarm box).The process of logging is automated and logs are stored for 30 days. This feature allows operator to play back the behavior of the instrument in the past and inspect closely the problems that occurred.

All the information coming from the instrument is logged and then the data is exported to an .avi file, so that the user can graphically see what was happening during a specified period of time, anytime he desires.

VSA includes a configurable surveillance zone (Alarm Box), in which the signal is expected to be found. If not, an alarm is raised. This feature is designed to control the quality of the monitored signal. It defines limits (min/max frequency and min/max power) where the signal is expected to be present. In case the signal power deteriorates, an alarm is generated and sent to registered alarm listeners.

Moreover, the Visionic Spectrum Analyzer has an extended compatibility. The software solution will function with any manufacturer, such as Agilent, Rohde & Schwartz and many others. Our Spectrum Analyzer is easily extendable to any device with a connection interface to PC. The way users can connect the Spectrum Analyzer to a device is limited by the specific device’s communication capabilities (interfaces) only.

You will have uninterrupted remote monitoring of your physical devices, as well as remote real-time interaction with any spectrum analyzer devices.

The signal graph will appear on your monitor just like on your physical device. Moreover, it presents command buttons from the instrument, allowing you to control the physical SA remotely. Regardless of the manufacturer, the command board is presented in a same way. Sometimes, it needs time simply to learn how to use a new instrument. In Spectrum Analyzer, all the parameter settings, each command button is at the same place regardless of the instruments connected. And it remains the same for any additional instrument. Furthermore, the operator can fully customize the front panel of the application and tailor it according to his/her preferences.

Furthermore, the VSA unifies graphical user interface of various equipment, thus making the switching of the equipment transparent to the operator.

VSA includes SNMP agent, which issues SNMP traps in case of alarms/anomalies. This allows any SNMP Manager system to receive SNMP notifications about state of Spectrum Analyzer instruments.

The Connection setup is done in SAserver GUI. To configure connection details, simply select desired tab (LAN, VISA or SERIAL), and then fill the available fields with the correct data.

The Visionic Spectrum Analyzer can create presets for the physical device. Our application is able to save them in a local file or on the server, which allows not only loading presets later, but sharing them easily with other clients as well.

Lastly, VSA can be integrated with the higher level M&C – Visionic system, as a typical element or device, without any difficulty. Just like with any other device, Visionic is capable of presenting and logging Spectrum Analyzer’s alarms, statuses and other parameters.

The Spectrum Analyzer option can be used as an independent program, or as a device included in the Visionic schematic. The Spectrum Analyzer subsystem allows complete control over the device, along with options for logging different data points (such as centre frequency and centre amplitude). The analyzers can be connected via LAN and serial port (Agilent) or via USB ports (R&S). 

For more information, please visit our website: www.intorel.com.

Visionic 5.1: Better Visionic experience

Intorel is announcing the latest version of its industry standard software for monitoring and controlling systems: Visionic 5.1.

We have improved installation process in Visionic 5.1 and removed setup dependency on .NET framework 3.5, as to answer clients demanding Visionic to run on .NET Framework 2.0.
Sending server message to reload client project and propagating these changes to remote clients is automated in Visionic 5.1.

At the same time, we have answered the challenge of importing the projects on server when they are titled the same as the existing ones.

Also, we have integrated Help file within the software, and we are making sure that our online version of help (help.intorel.com) is always present and updated regularly.

Visionic 5.1 is designed to provide integration of all your subsystems into a single, convenient solution. From there, you can detect, connect and operate your remote or in-house equipment in any way you can possibly imagine.

Since 2002, when Intorel launched the first version of Visionic, the product has been carefully revised and improved, as to become what it is today – industry standard, proven by hundreds of systems and recommended by the most distinguished companies around the world.

Visionic is designed to be used by any industrial monitoring, controlling and automating application that requires reliability, automation and advanced features. In particular,

Visionic products have been used for: DVB-S/S2 Satellite Uplink Stations, VSAT Systems, TVRO Systems, Fixed and Mobile Microwave Links, DSNG Systems, Fiber Optic Systems, DVB-T Encoding & Multiplexing Headends, ATM/SDH/PDH/IP TransportNetworks and IPTV Head-ends.

For more details about Visionic 5.1, please refer to our Visionic 5.1 Release Notes or take a look at help.intorel.com.

Visionic Carrier Monitoring

Intorel engineers have been working hard these days. And it paid off – they came up with a new solution … .

It is rich in features, easy to install and extremely convenient to use.

Visionic Carrier Monitoring is a simple, automated TV/ Radio / other channels monitoring solution. This solution is designed for broadcasting, satellite and other telecom operators that require a reliable and rich in features carrier monitoring system.

Visionic Carrier Monitoring provides continuous monitoring of signal carriers in order to ensure highest quality standards, improves the capability of satellite providers/telecom companies to react promptly and effectively to anomaly events and provides assistance in solving problems.

One of the most attractive features of this solution is the fact that it automatically measures the relevant data and makes them transparent to the user in various forms, such as webpage reports, cvs files and other.

It supports a wide range of monitoring equipment like spectrum analyzers, down converters, switching units and similar.

The architecture and functionality is carefully optimized to support the operators in their daily tasks, thus simplifying the process learning how to use it.

Visionic Carrier Monitoring System can be deployed as a turnkey solution or modified to fit particular needs. More information can be found here.