Belden has launched a new managed OCTOPUS switch from its Hirschmann brand in the EMEA region. This switch features two IP54-rated SFP slots that can optionally be fitted with Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet transceivers for single-mode or multimode fibers. The switch can be used, even in rugged conditions such as in railroad or mechanical engineering applications, to flexibly implement fast data networks based on various transmission technologies and expand them at low cost when necessary. Eight Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 BASE-TX) are available for connecting devices. These feature vibration-proof, D-coded M12 connection technology and support PoE. They make it possible to power, for instance, IP cameras, voice-over-IP phones or WLAN access points without the need for additional cables. A version with another eight Fast Ethernet ports is also available. Other features of the switch, which can also be integrated in Profinet and Ethernet/IP networks, include extensive management and security functions as well as fast redundancy methods. The solid metal housing is intended for wall mounting and, depending on the version, measures just 261 x 189 x 70 mm or 338 x 189 x 70 mm. This switch, which is designed for an operating temperature range of -40°C to +70°C, fulfills the EMC and fire prevention requirements of the European standards that govern use in rail vehicles. The fanless design and redundant 48V power supply also guarantee high operational reliability. For PoE, power is supplied via the phantom power method and comes to 15W for each device connected. This means that two-pair cabling systems can also be used.