Belden has launched in the EMEA region the OCTOPUS Train-BP, a new managed IP67 switch in its Hirschmann product range. This switch, which is available with 8, 16 or 24 Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 BASE TX), has been especially developed for use in trains. It fulfills all the specific EMC and fire prevention requirements for rail vehicles and also has numerous redundancy mechanisms plus two uplink ports with bypass relays. This means that connections between neighboring switches are maintained even when a device fails. The switch can also be used in Ethernet Consist networks, which will in future facilitate secure and standards-compliant onboard Ethernet communications for trains. In addition, it can be seamlessly integrated into Profinet and Ethernet / IP environments and support extensive management and security procedures as well as a variety of configuration and diagnostic functions. Other features include vibration-proof M12 connection technology, a redundant power supply, and an operating temperature range of -40°C to +70°C.