Platform Management Software helps enhance network availability.

Press Release Summary:

Hirschmann v5.0 Platform Management Software enables Hirschmann RSR and MACH100 switch users to connect multiple rings to primary ring, promoting availability of networks by forming sub-rings. In combination with MICE PTP modules, software supports technology of Precision Time Protocol v2. It also accelerates boot-up times, optimizes HIPER-Ring as well as RSTP protocols, and allows various protocols to be combined. Other features include ping/logic and static route tracking.

Original Press Release:

Belden Announces Release of New Platform Software to Enhance Network Availability for Hirschmann(TM) Switches and Routers

RICHMOND, Ind., Oct. 1 -- Belden (NYSE:BDC), a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for the industrial, enterprise, broadcast, building management, and security markets, announces the release of Hirschmann Version 5.0 Platform Management Software. Version 5.0 enables Hirschmann RSR and MACH100 switch customers to connect multiple rings to a primary ring, permitting a higher availability of networks by forming so-called 'sub-rings.'

In addition, Hirschmann Version 5.0 software accelerates boot-up times, it optimizes the HIPER-Ring and RSTP protocols, and it allows various protocols to be combined. Moreover, in combination with Hirschmann's new MICE PTP modules, Version 5.0 supports the new technology of the Precision Time Protocol Version 2.

Software features at a glance:
-- PROFINET enhancements
-- EtherNet/IP enhancements
-- Ping/Logic tracking
-- Static route tracking
-- MAC-based port security with mask
-- SNMP v3 authentication over RADIUS

Belden Industrial Solutions

Belden also offers a comprehensive line of industrial solutions consisting of Hirschmann(TM) switches and active networking devices, Lumberg Automation(TM) connectivity, and Belden cables - all manufactured to provide 99.999% reliability for your standard industrial, extreme environment or mission-critical applications.

Belden is also the only company to offer a Complete Industrial Solution for Ethernet applications. This matched end-to-end system offers its users maximum uptime and complete peace of mind -- no matter the environment.

For more information on Hirschmann Version 5.0 Platform Management Software or any Belden Industrial Solution, contact Belden, P.O. Box 1980, Richmond, Indiana 47375, 1.800.BELDEN.1 Fax: 765-983.5294. Or visit our Web site:

About Belden

Belden is a customer focused company. We ensure that our customers' communications infrastructure issues are resolved and that they benefit from the best signal transmission performance for their investment. We deliver leading-edge copper and fiber cabling/connectivity systems, wireless technologies, and active switch devices. We employ customer-centric go-to-market strategies and we implement and retain world class manufacturing processes. Our partners span the globe, helping our customers design, install, operate and maintain their communications applications. And our experience is vast, including expertise in Enterprise, Industrial, Infrastructure, Transportation, Professional and Enterprise Audio and Video, and Government applications. To obtain additional information contact Investor Relations at 314-854-8054, or visit our website at

CONTACT: Sven Burkard, Product Manager of Hirschmann, A BELDEN BRAND, +1-717-217-2203,; or Chris Long of Belden, +1-804-516-9787; or Janet Killen of Adventive Marketing, Inc., +1-847-590-1110, for Belden

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