Remote Access to CAD, But Without the Latency

Remote Access to CAD, But Without the Latency

Global expansion and sustainable industrialization trends require innovative thinking in design. These trends also drive the need for engineers and architects to collaborate more than ever across offices and remote locations as well as in the field. Designing buildings, transportation hubs, bridges, cars, homes, appliances, mobile devices, and other conveniences – What do all of these important tasks have in common? You guessed it – they all require CAD applications.

So what can be done to ensure productivity across offices and remote locations without sacrificing user experience and efficiency?

CAD, or computer-aided design, applications such as AutoDesk’s AutoCAD allow businesses in a wide variety of industries, including engineering and architecture firms, to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings and models. In other words, CAD applications make it possible for engineers and architects to develop accurate visualizations and simulations of their projects in order to detect and resolve issues without having to produce the actual product first.

CAD is cool but heavy …

On the one hand, CAD is cool; it saves cycle times, development costs, and improves the end product. But here’s the problem. While CAD applications and models are extremely useful, they can be difficult to manage, especially within groups, and when the design team is scattered or in multiple locations.

The proliferation of mobile technology has made it possible for engineers and architects to work outside of the office, both at home and on job sites. However, because many CAD files are massive, in most cases, CAD applications and files are available in local offices only. These files can be in the gigabytes, making them almost impossible for workers outside of the office to download and edit without spending an exorbitant amount of time draining the wide area network (WAN). Additionally, as files are checked in and out, uploaded and downloaded, there can be version control issues that create confusion among the teams using the files.

The short answer: implement a remote access solution

A remote access solution can provide seamless access to CAD applications and files from any location, on any device, while eliminating the need to download the applications and files on physical devices. That kind of freedom allows engineers, architects, and others working with CAD on a regular basis to work on job sites around the world without sacrificing the ease and performance of working in the office.

One of our clients, a major engineering firm in the United States, experienced difficulty accessing, editing, and sharing CAD files across its six office locations and on job sites scattered across the globe. Searching for a solution, the firm chose Ericom Connect, our robust managed access solution, to give flexible, zero-latency access to the engineers and architects working remotely. Our HTML5 technology has made it possible for designers to access Autodesk Revit and large CAD files via a single centralized access system, allowing architects and engineers to collaborate on projects regardless of physical location. Through the browser, there was no latency and all the updates remained on the system in the respective office, eliminating version control issues.

Another client, the Sahara Force India Formula One Team, has also benefitted by integrating our remote access technology. The engineers that design the racing cars need to access and edit three-dimensional CAD models away from their factory and from tracks all over the world. Before Ericom Connect, the engineers were compelled to bring their bulky workstations with them from location to location in order to open and edit CAD files in the field. Now, through our browser-based technology, Sahara’s engineers can view CAD models in fine detail and make edits on the fly, speeding up part fitment and modification at the track.

Remote access capability has the power to transform how engineers, architects, and other designers interact with CAD applications and files. By providing remote, centralized access to CAD from a variety of devices and locations, Ericom is enabling the next wave of innovation in engineering, architecture, and design – without the limitations.


Mendy Newman



Ericom Software is a leading global provider of Access, Virtualization and RDP Acceleration solutions. Since 1993, Ericom enables organizations across all industries to provide secure, centrally managed access to applications, desktops and data running on Microsoft RDS / Terminal Services, VDI, Cloud platforms, and other systems, from a broad range of end user computers and mobile devices.

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Terminal emulation – client based

PowerTerm® Lite

Powerful and Secure Terminal Emulation for Unix

PowerTerm Lite, Ericom Software’s terminal emulation products for Unix, maximize the capabilities of legacy systems with a minimal amount of installation time and software space. Because PowerTerm Lite has a small footprint, it is easily installable on any PC, making it a simple and fast solution for running legacy applications. PowerTerm Lite’s rich feature set and fast key response has made it the product of choice for thousands of corporations throughout the world.

With a Terminal Server License, PowerTerm Lite can be used by multiple users simultaneously.

PowerTerm® Plus

Powerful and Secure Terminal Emulation for Unix

PowerTerm Plus, Ericom Software’s terminal emulation product for Unix, maximizes the capabilities of legacy systems with a minimal amount of installation time and software space. Because PowerTerm Plus has a small footprint, it is easily installable on any PC, making it a simple and fast solution for running legacy applications. PowerTerm Plus’s rich feature set and fast key response has made it the product of choice for thousands of corporations throughout the world.
PowerTerm Plus includes SSH, FTP Client and SFTP client

With a Terminal Server License, PowerTerm Plus can be used by multiple users simultaneously.


PowerTerm Interconnect

Client Based Terminal Emulator Software for Windows, Mac, Linux
The PowerTerm InterConnect Series is comprised of several robust terminal emulation applications supporting the host access needs of large and small organizations. It allows enterprises to standardize on a single host access solution.

PowerTerm InterConnect products provides fast and reliable access to data residing on the broadest range of hosts, such as: IBM Mainframe zSeries, IBM AS/400 iSeries, UNIX, OpenVMS, Tandem, HP.

Each of the PowerTerm InterConnect products enables terminal emulation via various communication modes including: IBM 3270, IBM 3151, IBM 5250, AT386, Wyse 370, Data General, Tandem 6530, HZ 1500, IBM 525, ANSI, Linux Console, Wyse 50+/50/60, HP 700/92, Siemens, VT 52 – 525, SCO, AIXterm, Televideo, HP 700/96, ADDS VP A2.

PowerTerm InterConnect is available in the following editions:
PowerTerm Interconnect Windows Edition, PowerTerm Interconnect Mac OS X Edition e PowerTerm Interconnect  Linux Edition.

PowerTerm® Pro/Enterprise

Secure 3270 and 5250 Terminal Emulators for Windows – with VBA
The PowerTerm Pro Series is Ericom Software’s premier 3270 and 5250 terminal emulation solution for Windows that simplifies and extends legacy access functionality. Supporting a diverse range of hosts and emulation types, PowerTerm Pro enables corporations to standardize on a single host access solution. Featuring a customizable GUI, SSL, SSH and secure file transfer (SFTP), PowerTerm Pro and PowerTerm Pro/Enterprise offers a number of options, so corporations can choose the PowerTerm Pro product that meets their host, security, server and productivity needs.
PowerTerm Pro Enterprise offers the full functionality of PowerTerm Pro while incorporating Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) and the leading security protocols such as SSL and SSH.


Terminal emulation – Web-based

PowerTerm WebConnect HostView

Web–to–Host Access: Secure & Centrally Managed

In today’s economy, one of the best ways for an organization to emerge as productive and agile is to optimize their IT resources. Ericom helps organization achieve this with PowerTerm WebConnect HostView browser-based (web to host) emulation. Leverage the benefits of PC-client access software and server-based computing to take legacy assets to a new level. Supporting over 35 terminal emulation types (including IBM 3270 IBM 5250, VT, HP and Tandem), Ericom’s web-to-host terminal emulation software connects to applications running on a wide range of legacy hosts, including IBM Mainframe (zSeries), IBM Midrange (iSeries), OpenVMS, HP3000, Unix, Linux, Tandem and others.


HTML5 Browser based

Ericom AccessNow™ HTML5 RDP Client

HTML5 In Browser RDP Access – Easy to use and simple setup!
AccessNow is an HTML5 remote desktop gateway that works from any device with an HTML5 compatible browser, including from Chromebooks and locked down devices
Ericom AccessNow is the market’s first high performance HTML5 RDP Client, providing browser access to Windows applications and desktops (virtual & physical), running on Windows Terminal Services / RDS / VDI platforms, including Microsoft Hyper-V and other hypervisors. Now supports Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Zero Client Software! No need to install: Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX or any other underlying technology on the end-user device
Access and control your desktop from anywhere! Use any HTML5 enabled Device, Smartphone / Tablet (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Android device), locked-down work station, or computer running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or Chrome OS.

Ericom AccessNow ™ for VMware View ™

Pure HTML5 Access to View Virtual Desktops — from any HTML5–enabled –browser or client device
Enable users to quickly and easily connect to VMware Horizon View (VMware VDI) desktops directly from any HTML5 compatible browser on any platform. This includes from Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad / iPhone, Google Chromebook, Android, RIM BlackBerry / Playbook, Amazon Kindle Fire HD — even locked-down Workstations — without having to download, install or configure any software on the end-point device. Now supports Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008.


Centrally managed Access with terminal emulation

PowerTerm WebConnect Enterprise

PowerTerm WebConnect Enterprise (Windows Edition) provides secure, centrally managed enterprise-wide access to applications and desktops, running on Windows Terminal Servers, Virtual Desktops, Blade PCs and legacy host systems, from Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, thin clients, tablets, smartphones, as well as any end-point device supporting an HTML5 browsere


RDP Acceleration


Frustrated by Slow RDP sessions or PDF scrolling? Get up to 10x faster graphics, animations & response times!

Ericom Blaze RDP compression and acceleration software delivers a great local PC-like experience across WAN / LAN, while reducing bandwidth consumption and optimizing RDP network traffic. Use it to speed up slow remote desktop connections, PDF displays, and audio / video performance on terminal services (RDS).


Centrally managed Access

PowerTerm WebConnect Deskview

As an enhanced connection broker, PowerTerm WebConnect DeskView enables organizations to deploy and centrally manage Windows virtual desktops hosted on the latest virtualization platforms, including hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, Xen, etc., as well as on PCoIP Blade PCs and PCoIP Workstations.

Ericom Connect

Hyper–Scalability and Management Simplicity
Ericom Connect is a powerful remote application and desktop access solution. Built on innovative technology and two decades of Ericom’s proven expertise in the access market, Ericom Connect offers organizations unparalleled scalability, superior user experience and exceptional ease of use. With great cost performance, Connect integrates into existing IT environments, reducing the need for costly infrastructure upgrades.
Take advantage of Connect’s ease of implementation, powerful reporting and scalability to overcome day-to-day business challenges and accelerate your growth. Supporting the widest range of user devices, Connect ensures employees can easily access the resources and services they need to be productive, wherever they are and whichever device they’re working on
Connect leverages both Amazon and Microsoft cloud SQL as a service, enabling smoother and faster deployments of cloud-based services such as DaaS

Connect is available in the following edition: Ericom Connect Enterprise and Ericom Connect Professional.

Secure Browsing

Ericom Shield

Ericom Shield – the safest way to let users browse the web.

Web browsing in as integral part of standard business operations. Yet, risk user browsing generates the majority of security breaches.
Ericom Shield is Ericom’s next generation browser isolation solution. Leveraging Ericom’s proven virtualization and browsing technologies, Ericom Shield creates an isolated “safezone” that protects corporate networks and end-user devices from web-borne attacks. All active content is routed to a virtual remote browser and is safely isolated from the local network reducing the attack surface to prevent malware breaches.

Each browsing session powers up a dedicated virtual browser that executes web browsing in an isolated and disposable container. Web content is viewed as a visual representation streamed to the end user without executing any code on the endpoint. While browsing, file downloads are sanitized in the background without impacting user experience or file functionality. At the end of each session, the remote container is discharged.

Any operating system, browser and device are supported.