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Fiber Manager

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Organizations that maintain distributed fiber optic networks need robust tools to accurately document the location and connectivity of their systems. Many organizations have traditionally relied on CAD-based maps with simple line work, detailed schematic connectivity drawings, and spreadsheets detailing fiber level connectivity. This approach creates a silo of information that is tedious to maintain, difficult to understand, and rarely distributed to other employees within an organization.

Fiber Manager relies on the proven enterprise architecture and tools of Telvent’s ArcFM™ Solution to provide a user-friendly, GIS-based environment for creating and maintaining network information for fiber optic systems. Key features include:

  • The Connection Manager tool allows a user to quickly establish and inspect connections within splice enclosures, patch panels, optical network devices, and passive optic network (PON) splitters.
  • The Circuit Manager lets the user establish a named optical path from one part of the network to another. This circuit can be managed as a single entity within the network, even though it is composed of many elements such as fibers, splices, and ports.
  • An OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) trace can be used to precisely pinpoint the location of an outage in the system. This trace utilizes fiber connectivity and a variety of system length data (such as OTDR measurements, cable length markings, and GIS length adjusted for riser and slack loop lengths) to predict the precise location of an outage.

Tools

Connection Manager

The Connection Manager is an intuitive tool for quickly managing a large number of complex connections. The left side of the form represents the fibers and their connections for the Evans Substation cable (highlighted in aqua on the screen.) The right side of the form represents the 11th Ave BB31 cable highlighted in magenta on the screen. This tool can also manage attributes for trays, splice types, and attenuation at the 1310- and 1550-nanometer wavelengths. It also can be used for managing connections to patch panels and equipment, such as router switches, media converters and SONET devices.

 

Connection Manager

 

OTDR Outage Trace

The OTDR Trace uses connectivity information (within splice enclosures and patch panels) and precise length information to determine the best location for a fiber outage event. This trace also generates a report detailing all of the elements in the path to the outage.

 

OTDR Outage Trace

 

Schematic Diagrams

ESRI ArcSchematics is utilized to generate a schematic layout of a splice enclosure on demand. The following diagram shows an overall schematic for six cables spliced within a single enclosure. In this representation of the schematic, the fibers have been grouped together to simplify the diagram as much as possible:

 

Schematic Diagrams

 

Note: The below schematic diagram is an inset detail from the above.

 

Schematic Diagrams

 

Circuit Manager

With the Circuit Manager, a user can define and manage a named light path in the system. Circuits can be used to manage the physical fiber paths used in an organization or define leased 'dark fiber' paths.

 

Circuit Manager

 

Fiber Availability Trace

The Fiber Availability Trace allows a user to find all possible paths that meet certain criteria. For example, a user could find all paths in the network that have 12 available fibers owned by a specific organization.

 

Fiber Availability Trace

 

Fiber Path Trace

With the Fiber Trace, a user can select a single fiber within a cable and trace it to the ends of the connected path. This trace can also generate a report (see next page) identifying the elements within that path that can be used for system analysis or as a data integrity and validation tool.

 

Fiber Path Trace

 

Reports

Fiber Manager provides a reporting framework to analyze the underlying network data. Reports allow users to discover connectivity within splice enclosures, patch panels, and circuits. In addition, these reports can be used to find available capacity in the system.

The out-of-the-box reports include:

  • Splice Report
  • Splice Schematic
  • Patch Panel Connectivity Report
  • Connectivity Report
  • Circuit Report
  • OTDR Trace Report

 

Reports