NetPOD: Plug-In Module (PIM)

 

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NetPOD: Technicians PIM

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This PIM adds to the system a new kind of user archive called the technician list. Technicians are not properly system users but can interact with the system by phone, SMS or e-mail. A system administrator can assign a technician to the list. The program can be used to assign transfers and areas of responsibility to each technician. When an alarm or a prealarm arises, the system can be configured to send voice alarms, e-mails, SMS and to wait a preset time for a return call to confirm the reception.

If the confirmation call is not received, the alarm can be sent to another technician on the list … or… to his boss! The system administrator will assign a series of technicians to the manager, associating each one with one or more RDFs he is responsible for: only the alarms or pre-alarms coming from an assigned RDF will be received from a set technician. The Technician PIM is a powerful tool, very useful to broadcasters with large or small networks. Technicians can be divided in geographical or technical areas of responsibility so that, for example, RF technicians won’t be disturbed by electrical problems, and so on. All commands, response and alarms sent/received by a technician are logged.

SPECIFICATIONS
- No limit to technicians list dimensions
- System alarms are configurable (text, language)
- Customizable alarm messages
- Work-transfers configurable for each technician in the list
- Communication media: SMS, e-mail, phone call

 

NetPOD: SNMP PIM

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snmp pim antgroupEnable NetPOD to the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
The software module allows you to easily integrate to NetPOD software all devices supporting the SNMP protocol. SNMP PIM enables the advanced SNMP management. You can now take advantage of tools that allow you to quickly and easily work with MIBs, to configure the control agent, to set-up the trap, and more: it’s also possible to set alarms depending on configured OID, to display the achieved history of information coming from the device, etc. SNMP PIM adds the benefits of the SNMP protocol interface to the NetPOD management: data storage and backup, mailing and SMS dispatch to technicians when an alarm or a trap happens, system access by authentication, device displayed on synoptic map, tool for statistical analysis, etc. With SNMP PIM, the NetPod SW will, in the same integrated system, supervise and manage in real time both SNMP interfaces and any RDF remote controlled device, to have a “one shot” complete view and supervision of the network and all its peripherals. A number of SNMP PIM is already active, with thousand of devices managed: a lot of broadcaster’s technicians have appreciated the power and simplicity of this software module.

SPECIFICATIONS

NetPOD NMS Basic Series
For little and medium installations
Max 256 IP and 13000 OID
DBMS: MS Access / MS SQL Server

NetPOD NMS Gold Series
For medium and large installations
No IP limits / No OID limits
DBMS: MS SQL Server

Common Characteristics
DBMS data storage
MIB management in any format and MIB storage in standard XML format
Management of predefined Agent definition and stored Agent
Advanced OID configuration
Alarm configuration on OID
Advanced Trap configuration

 

NetPOD: iNetPOD PIM

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inetpod pim antgroupClient for Apple™, iPhone®, iPad® and Android
You can’t miss this application for iPhone®, iPad® and Android that enables you to connect to the control center while you aren’t in your office! : The application enables you to comfortably connect
to the control center from anywhere. Monitoring and controlling your network will be easy and you’ll have all control points at your fingertips.
Access is granted thru 3G or Wi-Fi, you can log to the system with the same credentials you would have using your laptop or office PC.

 

SPECIFICATIONS
App for both Apple™, iPhone®, iPad® and Android
Easy to use, no configuration
Monitoring and controlling just like on a regular PC
Virtually No limit to the number of client connections.

 

NetPOD: Groups PIM

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Grant user access to specific I/Os
This software module enables user group management. The Group PIM establishes a relationship between users and selected I/Os on a RDF: any member of a group will be able to view only inputs, outputs, and/or to send commands belonging to his group. Every input can be associated to 1 or more groups and, in the same way, every user can be associated to 1 or more groups. In addition, the user can be associated to read groups and/or write groups so, for example, a user can read group 1 and 2 but can only command outputs on group 2. Group PIM and Technician PIM can be used together, so that technicians belonging to a group will be able to receive alarms (SMS, email, phone call) from I/Os on a RDF belonging to the same group. At the same time,  alarms generated from unauthorized inputs will not be seen, in order not to distract them. The Group PIM is very useful for maintenance service providers: an RDF in a site can supervise multiple broadcasters, even in competition between them; anyone will be able to read and control its own set of I/O, without any access to other data or commands.

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SPECIFICATIONS
Up to 30 groups
Read/Write permission tool on each group
Easily configurable
Technician PIM compatible

 

NetPOD: Georefereced Maps PIM

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The “Geo PIM” enables the user to create maps based on Google MAP™. The user indicates site location based on longitude and latitude and the PIM will position the site on the map in the exact spot.

SPECIFICATIONS
Unlimited number of maps
Any available type of visualization possible (terrain, satellite, roadmap, etc.)
Settings are based on user, so one can have a terrain view, another can have a satellite view, etc..
A specific map can be set to open when the user logs in

 

NetPOD: Proxy HTTP PIM

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Integrates the direct management of devices configurable via web browser The complexity of last generation equipment has led to the development of easier and user-friendly configuration interfaces. The web technology solves this need, becoming in fact the quickest and easiest way to modify the functioning parameters of the equipment. Unfortunately, for security purposes or more simply for network structure problems, some equipment could be on a private network or on a public network but encapsulated inside a VPN (virtual private network), and therefore not reachable via internet. The “http proxy” module overcomes this obstacle allowing the management of web server enabled equipment for the NetPOD interface. Moreover, the SW module is transparent to the internet,
as it allows to access the equipment without knowing its IP address, and it is safe, as it allows the connection only if you have an access authorization.
The access is simple and user-friendly: as soon as you have opened the window of the selected device, a button will invite you to ask for access to the web server.

SPECIFICATIONS
To connect a web interface of an equipment not directly reachable via internet;
Access depends on user privileges;
IP address of the equipment to connect not needed;

 

NetPOD: User Definable Screens PIM

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user definable screens pim antgroupThe UDS module is a very powerful graphical instrument that allow the user to easily and completely configure graphic windows: in other words, the user can  define on the system custom windows and views while data arrive from a number of sites. The editor allows also to insert one or more background images or “devices”, and to connect inputs and outputs to them. The UDS, in fact, provides a powerful tool to  concentrate in one single window a number of data according to user priorities and to build windows displaying custom status summaries: data arriving from the field often arrive in a confused manner, and therefore they are difficult to interpret. The UDS module solves any views need: more than ordering and eventually eliminating useless data, it allows to associate different data typologies (analog inputs, digital inputs, enumerated values and outputs) and to put them in the same window. For example, UDS can be used to concentrate all temperature measurements or radio links of a number of broadcasting sites, or to monitor the complete STL chain from the studio to the last transmitter, or to design a command panel to manage switching matrixes, or to see the status of a transmitter as you were in front of it. All this can be set in one or “n” UDS windows.


SPECIFICATIONS
Simple and intuitive configuration
“n” windows UDS definable
You can insert any input/output in any UDS
You can add name/description to any window / item
You can create UDS shared among any user that can access the system
Group PIM fully integrated: so, any configured measures is available to the logged user depending on Group PIM setup

 

NetPOD: Logical States

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This function is included in the basic software and doesn’t need enabling of a specific PIM. This functionality is used to obtain the service status of an ensemble of devices or of a device which has redundancy. In the end the result will be Boolean: True or False, which means GO/NO GO.
Logical states are user configurable and can use information from any Input/output or OID.
Formulas are composed similarly to those used in Excel™ spreadsheets.
Logical states are independent from alarm set points: more generally we can say that they are independent from the alarm condition of an OID or an Input.

SPECIFICATIONS
Simple and intuitive configuration
“n” windows UDS definable
You can insert any input/output in any UDS
You can add name/description to any window / item
You can create UDS shared among any user that can access the system
Group PIM fully integrated: so, any configured measures is available to the logged user depending on Group PIM setup

 

NetPOD: Easy Automation PIM

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SW Module designed for Server automation and scheduling
The “PIM Server Automation” module allows creating, in an easy and intuitive way, any “server side” automation. The great advantage of this SW module is ease you can create an unlimited number of automation routines, with any combination and control possibility. The unlimited power of the automation will, in fact, controls any analog/digital input, alarmed or prealarmed. We talk of Alarm/Pre-alarm because the automation works according to both thresholds, when from a programmed input an alarm/pre-alarm arrives or when the alarm/pre-alarm stops. The wide range of scheduling options allow running scheduled tasks automatically once, secondly, minutely, hourly, daily, monthly, yearly, in specified period of time with correlation of alarm/events.

SPECIFICATIONS
You can create an unlimited number of automations in an easy and intuitive way
The user can intervene at any time on the outputs and send a manual command, without disabling the automation
Automations are a very powerful mean of creating automation routines

 

NetPOD: Local Automation PIM

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Allows ‘MoRE’ owners to run scripts which can operate on equipment connected to the MoRE.
The scripting engine is an enhanced decision-making tool which enables the user to execute complex operations based on SNMP and Inputs from peripheral equipment (probes) connected to the resident RS485 bus. Automations can trigger traps and/or feedback operations, for example relays or analog outputs or under the form of SNMP set commands. The scripting language is simple and in text format.

SPECIFICATIONS
The scripting engine can handle up to 16 independent scripts.

 

NetPOD: SMS to SNMP Proxy

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Receiver and converter from SMS to SNMP, bring any SMS protocol into SNMP standard.

 

 

 

 

 

NetPOD: Performance Management

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PIM-PMS (Network Performance Management) enable dashboard gives you an immediate snapshot of your complete network health and devices that need your attention.


NetPOD PIM-PMS is a powerful fault and performance management tool for your network, you can have a detail in real time or calculate the SLA (Service Level Agreement) with any period (Day, weekly, months, Year) and filter (Operator, MUX, Service, Region, Area, Structure, etc.). Also it allows you to resolve network outages quickly, provide you the real flexibility and insights you need to manage your network.

SPECIFICATIONS
Easy to use
Real-time analysis
Export in CSV
Supply the SLA evidence
Filter by Period and Type

 

NetPOD: Central Inventory Management

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Central Inventory Management feature in the NetPOD Software is presented in the most clear way possible.


The Inventory Management provides complete details about the hardware used or installed in the system. You can search Equipment by Name, Code, Location, Group, MUX, Service, Customer, Hardware Types , etc. The ability to export the reports to Excel or CSV formats help integrate with third-party reporting engines or print it out for future reference.

 

 

 

 

NetPOD: Ticketing System

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A plug in to the NetPOD which manages ticketing and lists of open issues.
This module is extremely configurable and can be personalized by the organization.

 

NetPOD: Web Client PIM

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Enables access to most of the available information by using a standard internet browser, without the need for application based software like the NetPOD client.

 

NetPOD: Local RDF Automation PIM

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To add local and remote automations managed by and performed on the RDF

The “ RDF Automations PIM” enables and configures in an easy way some automation routines that the RDF can perform on its own. You can create and store in the peripheral some “automations” and the RDF will perform them without asking or needing to connect to the control center, while the “Server Automations PIM” local automations are anyway stored and launched in the system software NetPOD Manager. Automations will be started following an event or a level measurement at a setinput and can start on the RDF itself or another RDF, according to the automation type, without any intervention by the control center. The automation can end automatically or after the input level, that has started the automation, return inside and set limit. Actually the following automations can be managed: Pumps management: an analog input signal controls the start/stop of the automation and sets/resets an output on the same or on another RDF of the network, according to a preset couple of thresholds. A typical application is the level control of a reservoir, where when the level goes beyond a limit a pump will be activated until the nominal revel is reached again; the pump can be in the same site (same RDF) or remote (another RDF), miles away.

 

NetPOD: Timed Outputs PIM

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To activate commands at preset timetables

The timed outputs module allow the supervisor to set up the SET and RESET of a RDF output at a preset time or even to enable an ‘automation program’ periodically. Periodical activation can be programmed daily or according to a weekly timetable. The module is therefore very useful whenever you want the RDF to execute a command, or a sequence of commands, autonomously at preset times (absolute programming) or at regular intervals (periodic programming). When the intervention time has to be precise, with additional hardware you can lock it to a GPS reference, and have the command executed within the fraction of a second.

 

 

 

NetPOD: CDMA/GPRS PIM

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GPRS & CDMA modem management module

The GPRS (General packet radio service) and the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) use the internet over GSM (GPRS) and internet over CDMA to carry data from one remote site data concentrator (RDF) to the control center. At any connection the telecom network manager assigns an IP address, and this IP address changes every new connection. That’s why we have designed a dedicated SW to manage these connections. The IP address of the control center is fixed.
This module has an additional exclusive feature: it can setup the connection at request or when necessary.
This feature will let you spare a lot of money with your telecom provider, when the data traffic is computed on the time used instead of on the data amount. In addition the module stores a log-file of the connections.

 

NetPOD: Matrixes PIM

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Switching matrixes remote management

The Matrix Control Module allows configuring and managing switching matrixes to route audio, video and IF signals. The module has an editor and a display editor to configure the matrix and to display its status. The editor allows setup the matrix network and the signal routing. A simple click will then be enough to make the system find the best routing for the signal. The control system is composed of a RDF with a dedicated firmware, to be installed where the matrix is mounted, and of a matrix that must have a serial control interface, with available protocol. Matrix management can be performed via trunked Radio, GSM/GPRS/CDMA or via IP connection.

 

 

 

NetPOD: Multiplex PIM

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Enable Multiplex function for full remote control any brand to FM Monitoring thru NetPOD software. You can set any rules for scan frequency and analyzing using HTTP and SNMP protocols.

RDS information contained in the processed MPX signal is easily visualized and represented as RDS/RBDS Data and detailed RDS/RBDS Statistics.

 

NetPOD: IEP Intelligent Event Processor

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ANT Group presents a new approach for management of broadcast networks.

This new philosophy allows to manage networks with thousands of installations in a simple and functional way, obtaining an immediate result. Called IEP “Intelligent Event Processor,” allow processing any combination of data/events/alarms/time/period with intelligent rules. It was designed primarily to manage in “automatic” the events and to be able to focus only on the relevant events and to give the right priorities in real time.
This approach open the management of broadcast networks to:

  • Manage real alarms
  • Shortest time of intervention
  • Statistic most accurate
  • Really easy management the network
  • Allows system optimization
  • Network Performance in real time

 

 

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And this is also the result of uninterrupted development, where research and design push the competitive edge of technology.
ANT's remote control system is the result of this philosophy: "Garda System" embeds in a single product state-of-the-art technology, advanced features and easy of use”

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ANT Group Srl
President

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