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If you’re looking for detailed information about the Optima vT  A3 Network (A3N) upgrade, you’ve come to the right place!  Welcome to the Optima vT  A3 Network (A3N) upgrade information page. Our team of service and support experts are ready to assist you with facilitating this new feature upgrade on your Optima vT tester(s).  

Uson’s Optima vT 2.15.0 A3N upgrade streamlines data traceability, security & change control by leveraging your existing Microsoft© network user profiles.  This upgrade is ideal for existing customers using multiple Optima vT testers, or those looking to add more Optima testers to new lines, or prospective customers looking for a leak testing solution that can work within their existing data traceability, security and change control policies.

We’ve provided a list of commonly asked questions below to provide you with all the key information you will need. 

If you prefer to speak with a representative about the upgrade, call us at 1-855-GET USON | 1-855-438-8766.


What does “A3” mean?

A3 stands for Advanced Authorization and Authentication.

Is the A3N upgrade required?

Although the A3N upgrade is not required, this upgrade allows you to utilize existing company network security permissions when the Optima vT is setup on your company network allowing for, user management, permission-based feature controls, audit trails, operational checks and record protection in accordance with the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines. The new A3N feature also facilitates moving new products into manufacturing quickly and supports the Optima vT qualification and operational qualification (IQ/OQ) processes with greater efficiency.

Why should I upgrade?

The Optima vT A3N upgrade offers additional data security and integrity features including user management, permission-based feature controls, audit trails, operational checks and record protection that enable compliance with the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines.

Will my IT department need to be involved in the implementation of the A3 Network Upgrade?

Yes. Because the A3N update utilizes existing network user permission settings, your IT or Network Administrator will need to be part of the process. We understand that every company has unique network system and security requirements. Our service and support team will coordinate with your IT/Network Administrator to streamline the implementation process and ensure the update is setup within your companies’ network guidelines.

How does the A3N upgrade work with my existing Microsoft network user profile settings?

User credentials and password policies are centralized in Windows Active Directory and made accessible via LDAP queries from the Optima vT client. The credentials and policies are controlled by the IT department and the Optima vT client does not modify or create any objects on the AD LDAP server.

Do the A3N LDAP queries write data or create objects on the Active Directory server?

No. The credentials and policies are controlled by the IT department and the Optima vT client does not modify or create any objects on the AD LDAP server.

Does the A3N upgrade enable setting different access levels for individual users?

The A3L & A3N options provide 3 role levels: Administrator, Supervisor and Operator which can be assigned to a user.
The permissions can be configured to permit access to different menus for each role type.

Which Optima vT models can be upgraded?

Optima vT software version 2.17.0 or greater is required.

Optima vT 2 can be upgraded via a software update.

Optima vT 1 can be upgraded via a hardware and software update.

Uson’s support team or your local Uson representative can determine the upgrade requirements of your tester based on the tester serial number.

Uson’s support team or your local Uson representative can determine the upgrade requirements of your tester based on the tester serial number.

I already upgraded to A3L, do need to upgrade again?

Yes, if you prefer or the company requires centralized user credentials and password policy controlled by the IT department which will also minimize setup and maintenance of users on individual testers.

Will the A3N update prevent the ability to configure local user roles?

The local user roles are fixed, and the configurable role permissions are common to both Local and Network users.

How does the A3N upgrade process work?

The process is simple! First you will contact us with the serial numbers of the Optima units you want to upgrade. The serial number will allow our service team to research and audit your equipment and build details to determine all the components needed to perform the upgrade.

Once we’ve collected all the information, we will coordinate the upgrade and scheduling with your local service representative. The local representative will contact you directly to schedule your upgrade service.

How long does the A3N upgrade process take?

Updating the software and installing the new A3 license takes minutes to complete. Adding new users in is easy and intuitive, once completed the users and passwords can be exported for easy import into other testers.

The additional hardware upgrade components required for the Optima vT 1 will require additional time to complete. Our service and support team can provide you with a time estimate once we have your tester details.

The time it will take for your IT/Network Administrator to make the necessary adjustments to your company network is dependent on size and complexity of your network, as well as resource availability. Our team will work with your IT/Network Administrator to streamline the implementation process as much as possible. It is best to involve your IT/Network Administrator when contacting us to begin the upgrade process so that they can understand the steps involved and advise you of the time they will need to complete their part of the process.

How do I request an upgrade for my Optima leak testers?

To request an upgrade to your Optima vT testers you may contact your local Uson representative.

Or you can contact Uson’s Service & Support Department.

How much does the A3N upgrade cost?

Upgrade costs are dependent on many factors including age and build revision. You can contact your local Uson representative for a detailed quote, or contact Uson Service & Support for more information.

What if I don’t want to upgrade my Optima vt testers?

While upgrading your Optima testers is not required, we strongly encourage you to consider the advantages the A3N features can offer.

The Optima A3N upgrade enables security features that allow for user management, permission-based feature controls, audit trails, operational checks and record protection in accordance with the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines and allow you to to move new products into manufacturing quickly, and support Optima vT qualification and operational qualification (IQ/OQ) processes with greater efficiency.

Will the A3N upgrade affect the software currently installed on my tester?

The A3N upgrade will not affect the software currently installed on your Optima tester(s).

Installing A3N will require a software update to version 2.15 or higher, this will also add additional features and refinements to your system.

I have more questions. Who do I call?

We’ve provided several ways for you to get all the information you need regarding the upgrade:


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