Norwegian based OLEX AS, the manufacturer of complete systems for navigation, plotting and 3D seafloor mapping, is pleased to announce that OLEX 11.9 was released and is available as a free download or through your local OLEX dealer for an upgrade of your system. OLEX 11.9 is optimized for the newest distributions of Scientific Linux, plus various other improvements and bug fixes are also included, like ATEC multi beam sonar communications, some dual screen issues with older systems, etc.
The most important change of this latest release is the first support for Wi-Fi. This will make it easier to get an OLEX system on the Internet. Under Show data flow->Network->WiFi networks is a list of available networks. Click to activate, or right-click to unconfigure. A green light on the top right corner of the screen indicates an active Internet connection. For the moment, networks of type WPA2-PSK are supported. WPA2-PSK is short for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 – Pre-Shared Key, and is a method of securing your network using the optional Pre-Shared Key (PSK) authentication, which was designed for users without an enterprise authentication server. To encrypt a network with WPA2-PSK you provide your router not with an encryption key, but rather with a plain-English passphrase between 8 and 63 characters long. Using a technology called TKIP (for Temporal Key Integrity Protocol), that passphrase, along with the network SSID, is used to generate unique encryption keys for each wireless client; keys, which are constantly changed. It should be noted that a large percentage of the latest OLEX hardware comes complete with WiFi, while other machines may use USB dongles. Presumably most OLEX systems can connect to the Internet. Older systems are (as always) supported but depending of software version, hardware generation, etc may need to reinstall all software. In particular, they need the wpa_supplicant subsystem.
So a short-list of the latest release notes leading to OLEX 11.9 is:
– Lots of new tidal data
– Compares predicted and observed tides when stationary
– New keyboard buttons to dim the screen: Esc, Insert, End
– Faster drawing of plotter marks
– Here-button to create event marks
– Minor: Machine id type depending on existing nokkel
– Minor: Various ergonomics
– Minor: Auto report track
– Minor: Cosmetic improvements
– Bug fixes: ATEC communication
– Bug fixes: Graphic acceleration
– Bug fixes: Single and dual screen for older machines
After years of research, development, and testing, OLEX AS has developed and keeps refining the most comprehensive seafloor topography mapping system available on the market. OLEX systems are based on Linux, and are considered to be the most stable systems of their kind available on the commercial market. Speed, flexibility, and user-friendliness are important keywords to explain their success.
OLEX can use official and unofficial vector charts, in S57, shape and SOSI format, from Hydrographic Offices and commercial vendors. The navigation charts are displayed alongside the collected seabed data and the chart visualization software will always strive to achieve a clear and informative chart image and prevent the screen from filling up with unnecessary information, by displaying only information relevant to the current zoom scale. Zooming and chart display are fast, easy and seamless.
For further information you may contact the Official Distributor and Support Center for Greece and Cyprus:
Aegean Electronics SA
4 Zosimadon Str, Piraeus 185 31, Greece
Tel: +30 210 4123000
E-mail: [email protected]