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Real Time Collection

PRD's Collection system is called Converse.

Converse collects information from and interacts with network elements or any data sources in real time. Its distributed capability lends itself to data collection at switch points.

Converse is implemented in a distributed topology that allows collection sites to continue even after loss of central services such as the file server or database server. In the latter case when these services come online again the collector sites will resynchronise with the central servers and the data will be processed through centralisation and onto downstream systems.

All switches can be set up on their own collection schedule, or combined into a single schedule.

Converse Collection key features include:

  • Gap Detection
  • Corruption Detection
  • Hot backup Collection
  • Central Safe Repository
  • Automatic Collection Error Management¬† (ACEM)
  • Reporting (see list below)
  • Multiple Switch Types
  • Multiple Transfer Protocols
  • Near Infinitely Scalable
  • Full client Server
  • Scheduling
  • Uses MS SQL Server / Oracle Server
  • Available on Windows 2000, XP, Windows 2003 Server Edition and Vista

Reports available as standard include:

  • Gap Detection
  • Processing History
  • Collection History
  • Error Summary
  • Traffic Statistics

Switch Types supported as standard include:

  • Lucent 5ESS switches using the ISO X.25 protocols
  • Siemens EWSD Switches using ISO X.25 protocols
  • Telesoft
  • Telsis
  • NEAC
  • Other Switching and Web devices using ISO FTAM or FTP transfer protocols

Transfer Protocols supported as standard include:

  • TCP/IP
  • X.25
  • FTAM
  • FTP