22 Jul 2024

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Network tester helps to deploy IIoT and performs TSN testing

Keysight’s Novus mini network tester combines traffic generation and protocol testing

Keysight Technologies has announced a compact network tester for engineers deploying IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and automotive networks. The Novus mini tester combines traffic generation and protocol testing in one device, allowing users to test the performance and conformance of industrial networks. Keysight says that it has the smallest footprint in the industry, an “outstanding” cost per port, and ultra-quiet, fan-less operation.

The device supports tests based on TSN (time-sensitive networking) standards. It can test timing standards critical for IIoT, and supports testing to 802.1AS 2011/2020, 802.1Qbv, 802.1Qav, 802.1CB, and 802.1Qci.

Keysight argues that failures and downtime caused by connectivity and network issues can result in life-threatening situations. To mitigate potential problems, it adds, network engineers must test the connectivity and performance of network components and IoT devices before deploying them.

The instrument offers a TSN conformance suite based on test plans developed by Avnu Alliance – the community that is creating an interoperable ecosystem covering the timing and low latency requirements of a variety of applications, using open standards through certification. Avnu Alliance work group co-chair Ed Agis, says the device will allow companies to “easily test their products on the path to interoperability”.

“The Novus mini provides real-world validation and automated conformance testing for leading edge technologies,” adds Ram Periakaruppan, vice-president and general manager of Keysight Network Test & Security Solutions. “As a member of the Avnu Alliance community, Keysight is working with other market leaders to advance Industry 4.0 by crafting essential standards for the next generation of IoT.”

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