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January 26, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Hook, Hampshire-based Racal-Milgo Ltd has been hosting a company symposium and exhibition, Solutions ’89, this week, intended both to clarify the company’s updated capabilites and boost business. The exhibition demonstrated the company’s networking expertise in three vertical markets: defence and transport, banking and insurance, and retail and distribution. The main message that came through from the company, however, was that it was looking forward to a growth in networking systems in 1992. In fact, Racal-Milgo is looking forward to a European market worth UKP2,000m by 1990 and claims to be adapting to the changing demands of the modem market with the launch of its RM 3296 quintuple standard modem, which conforms to V.32 full duplex protocols for dial-up line operation. The RM 3296 has V.32 modulation coupled to MNP level 5 error correction and data compression, enabling the modem to transmit and receive simultaneously at up to 19,200bps across telephone lines without the need to resort to proprietary, non standard protocols. Each modem retails for UKP995, and also conforms to the V.21, V.23, V.22 and V.22bis standards, offering both V.25bis and Hayes AT dialling. Racal-Milgo has also launched an MS-DOS micro, the CMS Nucleus 200, to centralise the control and management of data networks. Requiring the addition of either internal or external network interface models, Nucleus 200 offers a wide range of network management functions including network configuration, and network monitoring for alarms and events. It has the capability to manage a network remotely by using a dial-up modem link. With an eye on research and development for integrated networking, Racal-Milgo has also revealed its acquisition of the Californian fibre-optic equipment company Quanta Communications Systems Inc, now operating as Racal-Quanta (CI No 1,101). Hot on the heels of this acquisition, Martin Lane-Smith, Racal-Milgo’s technical director, talked of the development of the Maxima multiplexer which is a new base product to be launched later this year. The Maxima will, apparently, optimise bandwidth demands through the intelligent management of both voice and data requirements vastly minimising the differences between voice and data services. Billed as a solution for skills-hungry clients, the company also announced a Facilities Management service as part of its Racalcare services. This new service will include a daily assessment of network status with fault detection, diagnosis and repair, regular tests and reports, growth and reconfiguration, and a full help desk service for system users. As for the future, with the flotation of Racal Telecommunications Plc, more of the Racal Electronics group company’s resources will go into development of data communications.

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