Belden Network Assessment Service

Optimize and enhance your network to gain insight, efficiency, and peace of mind, while driving true ROI for your business

 

Be Confident in Your Network

 

At Belden, we understand your operational, quality, safety, and innovation goals – and we’ll help you build a network that achieves them.

 

For us, it starts with a comprehensive understanding of your infrastructure and analysis of how your data flows through a performance and compliance check. The Belden Network Assessment will provide you with a blueprint for a proven, end-to-end solution – one that’s designed to meet your specific KPIs and unique requirements, while ensuring your network outperforms industry benchmarks.

 

Let us help you uncover what’s possible!

 

 

Solution Overview

Step 1: Network Inventory

Gain a holistic view of your operation's network with industry's experts.

Step 2: Data Flow Survey

Evaluate your current technology risks and limitations to achieving business outcomes.

Step 3: Solution Benchmarking

Uncover opportunities to implement the latest automation standards.

Step 4: Recommended Roadmap

Plan your pathway toward achieving operational excellence.

 

The Process Behind a Best-in-Class Network

 

An approach to analyzing your infrastructure, uncovering opportunities and tailoring a solution to your exact specifications and needs.

 

 

Step 1: Inventory

 

  • Clearly outlined requirements and specifications from top network experts

  • Preliminary view of potential business impacts and outcomes

  • Specific next steps to achieve aligned objectives

Asset digitization: An overview of operational assets, including machine type and age, as well as opportunities for digitization.

Sensor data transmission: Summary of current field network capabilities and analysis of available space for expansion.

OT connection: Summary of OT network capabilities and existing standards used.

Wireless capabilities: Summary of Wi-Fi/internet tools, space challenges and existing IT policies.

OT/IT interconnection: Evaluation of OT and IT connection points, including shared tools, data and policies.

Reporting and visualization: An overview of visualization tools and software, as well as existing data and reports.

 

 

Step 2: Survey

 

  • Comprehensive evaluation report with analysis of risks, deviations and more

  • Documented plant asset and infrastructure overview

  • Use of advanced tools and equipment without additional cost

Asset digitization: Proposed initial layout of machine locations, considering reach, available space and existing sensor locations.

Sensor data transmission: A connectivity plan between sensors and controllers, and a probability assessment for added sensors. 

OT connection: An analysis of the existing network architecture, including configuration, bandwidth and latency statuses.

Wireless capabilities: A wireless installation plan to correct problem areas, based on the results of a signal and bandwidth survey.

OT/IT interconnection: An audit of security parameters/policies and the IT software installed in the OT control room.

Reporting and visualization: An analysis of reporting policies, installed tools and use of software.

 

 

 

Step 3: Benchmarking 

 

  • Trusted benchmarking and feasibility test results, including documentation of the current vs. desired network state

  • Full access to Belden’s state-of-the-art Customer Innovation Center lab and proof-of-concept testing

Asset digitization: A simulation of near-live data capture scenarios in our advanced validation labs.

Sensor data transmission: A demo to replicate a real-life field network, including fail-over and performance testing.

OT connection: A network redundancy test to validate the performance and latency of the new architecture. 

Wireless capabilities: Signal strength, latency and bandwidth tests using roaming hand-held devices to uncover technical gaps.

OT/IT interconnection: Stress tests on the connection between OT and IT networks, including simulating worst-case bandwidth scenarios.

Reporting and visualization: An analysis of reporting and visualization concepts and compatibility tests to enable full visibility between OT, IT and SCADA solutions.

 

 

Step 4: Recommendation

 

  • Guaranteed technical support and upgrade plan for the transition to your desired state

  • Clearly listed business outcomes and ROI projections

  • Extended project benefits (e.g., warranty extensions, technical consulting)

Current network status: 

• A view of your existing network infrastructure, including details on hardware and software assets and an analysis of space availability.

• Summary of network documentation with standards and policies used.

• Data capture opportunities for current machines/assets. 

Future network state: An ideal layout with recommended components, guidelines and KPIs, as well as a step-up plan taking you to best-in-class status.

Recommended next steps: A detailed, end-to-end solution, including collaboration on design considerations and commercial plan suited for your automation journey. 

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Belden’s solution consultants and design engineers are ready to solve your unique networking challenges.

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