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Alpha Micro Launches The World S Smallest Power Over Ethernet Device Server With Ssh

04 December 2005

Visitors to this year's Cartes exhibition in Paris (15-17 November 2005) wereable to witness the power of the world's smallest Power-over- Ethernet (PoE) server from Alpha Micro Components (Stand 3B 091). This new version of NetPort, Alpha Micro's 'plug and play' serial-to-Ethernet cable adaptor, enables any device or machine with a serial port to become network and Internet enabled in an instant.

With the addition of PoE, NetPort can be used to power devices such as Chip & PIN authorisation keypads, dataloggers or any other piece of equipment which can run from a 15W power supply.The new version of the external NetPort adaptor - which is only marginally larger than a match box - comes with a new TCP/IP engine and updated operating system.

This faster and more robust operating system allows the NetPort device to be customised to a greater degree than its predecessor, enabling solutions to be configured to a customer's exact specification. In particular, NetPort PoE is now able to offer SSL & SSH authentication as a direct response to the security and financial sectors need to protect end users data.

NetPort has received a great deal of attention from the Point of Sale (PoS) Industry, as the solution to enable PoS terminal manufacturers to add Ethernet capability to existing EMV approved products without the need for lengthy re-design and re-approval procedures.

With numerous potential uses, Alpha Micro's NetPort device has many possible applications, for example within the access control, metering and process control industriesChristos Papakyriacou, Managing Director, Alpha Micro Components, commented: When we originally launched NetPort it received a great deal of acclaim from a number of industry leaders, as it allowed them to quickly and easily Internet enable and give network connectivity to existing legacy systems.

As machine-to-machine communication evolves, so too do the technologies which enable it. We have harnessed the power of some of the most cutting edge components and turned them into a workable solution for our customers. PoE is gaining wide spread popularity due to the flexibility and cost savings it brings.

Moving electronic equipment can often require extensive electrical work to reroute power points to a new locations. As networking is less costly and time consuming, the cost of deploying PoE compared to traditional electrical infrastructures is far more cost effective.

Papakyriacou concludes: We've developed NetPort to be more than a simple device server. It is now an autonomous and programmable device computing and networking platform. NetPort comes with a XML-based architecture and can offer streaming RSS, as well as being fully IEEE 803.3af compliant, making it one of the most powerful and useful servers on the market today.

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