<![CDATA[AusOptic Blog]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:41:56 +0000 https://ausoptic.com.au/skin/frontend/smartwave/porto_child_x/images/communication-rss-icon.png <![CDATA[AusOptic Blog]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New at AusOptic: FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceivers ]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/flexoptix-universal-transceivers/

Tap into the power of live transceiver coding with FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceivers. Maximise the capacity of your existing network and reduce inventory with reprogrammable optical transceivers.

FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceivers

Introducing FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceivers

Engineered to FLEXOPTIX exacting standards. Built with quality components sourced from the industry’s leading suppliers. FLEXOPTIX modules achieve the real dynamic range, sensitivity, and crosstalk performance results others claim on paper.

Quality optical sub-assembly
Quality optical sub-assembly

Built with quality components sourced from the industry’s leading suppliers. Engineered to FLEXOPTIX exacting standards, FLEXOPTIX modules deliver flagship performance and the reliability your application demands.

Solid alloy housing
Solid alloy housing

Uncompromising quality, FLEXOPTIX modules use precision die-cast alloy transceiver housings for optimal heat dissipation, ensuring consistent performance and long module life.

Golden fingers
Golden fingers

Gold-fingered contacts for long lasting, super-connecting performance, manufactured to FLEXOPTIX-specified tolerance and finishing standards.

FLEXBOX-Ready micro controller
FLEXBOX-Ready micro controller

Inside each Universal Transceiver is FLEXOPTIX own intelligent micro controller. When connected to the FLEXBOX USB Transceiver Programmer, any Universal Transceiver can be reconfigured in seconds, on-demand, thanks to our fully-automated cloud interface.

Asset tracking and support
Asset tracking and support

Every transceiver has an individually numbered serial to simplify asset tracking and personalise your support.

Orange big head
Orange big head

As well as keeping the optical assembly clean and protected, FLEXOPTIX custom big heads are designed for anyone who’s ever wrestled with standard heads in amongst a dense rack.

How we work with FLEXOPTIX


Fibre optic equipment and solutions range at AusOptic

Live from Dietzenbach, Germany

Markus, Stephan, Tomas and the passionate team at FLEXOPTIX have been leading the world in optical engineering and systems optimisation since 2008.

Fibre optic equipment and solutions range at AusOptic

Stock backed by the huge European warehouse

AusOptic connects directly into the immense FLEXOPTIX range stocked in Europe. Standard delivery in 7 days. Expedited 4 day delivery service available.

Fibre optic equipment and solutions range at AusOptic

Supported locally by AusOptic

Our experienced team is here to help you with your transceiver configuration, recoding and technical support needs.

Fibre optic equipment and solutions range at AusOptic

Specified to your requirements

Get a personal consultation for your existing network with cost-effective upgrade paths to expand, multiply and extend the capacity of your system.

FLEXBOX Universal Transceiver Programmer

FLEXBOX Universal Transceiver Programmer

The FLEXBOX is the first-of-its-kind. A mobile optics configurator made for end users, built to solve real life problems faced by optical network engineers.

The first platform with support for all 100G pluggable formats
The first platform with support for all 100G pluggable formats
Access 1000's of transceiver profiles from over 150 network vendors
Access 1000's of transceiver profiles from over 150 network vendors
The FLEXBOX has been empowering network builders since 2008
The FLEXBOX has been empowering network builders since 2008
Apps available for Mac, PC and Android devices
Apps available for Mac, PC and Android devices

Client Testimonials


With the FLEXBOX we're able to use our Universal Transceivers in all kinds of equipment and reduce the stock keeping significantly. Just awesome!

Christian SeitzHead of Network, STRATO AG

Very easy to use and quick too. I particularly like the ability to use the same transceiver on a number of configurations just by ticking a box - a real time saver.

Mike DallawayMira 2014 Limited

Great idea and great implementation! As a system house with a very heterogeneous infrastructure for our customers, the solution is ideal to react quickly and minimise our effort.

Jochen SillGeschäftsführer, skalli networks GmbH

Ordering and using FLEXOPTIX transceivers was far quicker than even getting a quote from traditional vendors. Using the FLEXBOX is super easy and fast - 5 minutes to get transceivers ready including unboxing.

Bronislav RobenekNetwork Architect, Cloud4com

The FLEXBOX has been the best invention in the network sector for a long time, it is so easy to select the right configuration for the terminal and then program the transceiver - ready to go.

Peter SplettstößerEifert Datensysteme GmbH & Co KG

We’re now able to source all our SFPs from a single vendor without having to worry about the configuration. That translates to peace of mind and huge flexibility. Well done guys!

Gregory AgerbaCTO, Neocarrier Communications

FLEXBOX allows us to reduce the amount of spare transceivers we keep for our diverse hardware systems, thereby keeping overall cost low.

Sven GebhardtHead of Platforms & Services, grandcentrix GmbH

FLEXOPTIX Universal Tuneable DWDM XFP, SFP+ and CFP Transceivers

The FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceiver Range

Tap into the power of live transceiver coding with FLEXBOX and FLEXOPTIX Universal Transceivers.

Explore the Universal Transceiver Range

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:05:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Solutions Spotlight: Airport Case Study Deploying Wide-Area Surveillance and Wi-Fi]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/omniconverter-airport-case-study/

Airports around the world are in the process of upgrading their network infrastructure to support the growing demands for both Wi-Fi access and video surveillance.

To overcome the distance limitation of copper cabling, fiber optic cabling is routed to terminals, concourses, parking structures and runways where Wi-Fi access points and cameras are located. Since most of the devices are not conveniently located near power sources, Wi-Fi access points and cameras with Power over Ethernet (PoE) are installed.  The challenge is to deploy a compact and cost-effective solution that enables the powering of hundreds of PoE devices across a fiber optic wide area network and supports extended temperatures for outdoor installations.

Wi-Fi Network

Airport Concourse

To meet the demands of travelers, airports have started offering free Wi-Fi with increased speeds.  This can require the entire wireless infrastructure to be redesigned and upgraded.

A large International Airport in the Southeast is now on the growing list of major international airports to offer customers free Wi-Fi.  The entire airport has become a huge wireless hot spot, allowing nearly 100 million passengers per year access to Internet service from virtually any point.

The City Department of Aviation was responsible for the design and deployment of the Wi-Fi network at the airport.  They worked with a large system integrator on the project to install over 300 Wi-Fi access points throughout the 6.8 million square foot terminal complex. 

Fiber was distributed from the central internet Point of Presence at the network core to Intermediate Distribution Frames (IDF), or electrical network closets, throughout the airport.  A PoE switch was installed in each IDF, and multiple Wi-Fi access points were connected to each switch. Each concourse has four IDFs, where gigabit network links were distributed from PoE switches in a hub and spoke topology.  Depending on the location in the concourse, about half of the switches required a chassis of media converters to enable fiber connectivity to the access points.   

“The design of the network was relatively straight forward,” said the Project Manager for the City Department of Aviation.  “We had a scale map of each Concourse, so as we placed the access points, we knew exactly where we needed fiber runs to reach beyond the 300 foot distance limit of copper cable.”

Wi-Fi Application.jpg

They selected Omnitron Systems’ iConverter media converters to provide high-density fiber distribution from the switches.  iConverter gigabit media converters were installed in a 19-module chassis along with an SNMP management module.  Up to 18 gigabit fiber runs were distributed from each switch to the access points.

“We deployed Omnitron’s iConverter media converters in the original Wi-Fi network, and we found them to be very reliable,” said the Project Manager. “The media converters were installed about eight years ago. They didn’t need any maintenance or reboots, and they never went down.”

The access points required 30 watts of Power over Ethernet (PoE+), and due to the high volume of access points deployed throughout the airport, they needed a cost-effective and compact solution to convert the fiber to copper, and provide PoE+ power.

At the end of each fiber run, the City Department of Aviation installed OmniConverter PoE media converters to convert the fiber to copper, and provide PoE+ power to one or two wireless access points. The OmniConverters provided the gigabit copper to fiber conversion, and eliminated the need for a mid-span device, or for the Airport to install expensive AC power outlets near each camera. They installed the OmniConverter media converters close to the access points to simplify troubleshooting, although the access points could be located up to 300 feet away from the OmniConverter media converters. 

One of the many reasons the OmniConverter was selected for the project is the ability to remotely reboot the wireless access point without physically accessing the device.  The configurable PoE Power Reset function on the OmniConverter PoE media converters enables the access point to be remotely reset by disconnecting the fiber optic cable at the IDF.  When a problem with an access point is identified, the fiber port at the IDF can be shut down or disconnected.  The OmniConverter disables power for 2 seconds when a loss of receive fiber link is detected, and the access point is rebooted.  This eliminated the need to send a tech with a ladder up to the ceiling to power cycle the access point.

The new Wi-Fi network was installed in less than 30 days, and the network now provides access to 15,000 simultaneous users, with download speeds up to 5Mbps.  “A state-of-the-art wireless network is required to support this high number of users, and this requires a state-of-the-art fiber backhaul network,” the Project Manager noted.  “Our fiber backhaul and PoE network is holding up perfectly.”

 

IP Video Surveillance Network

Historically, video surveillance is used by the TSA, airport security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure the safety and security of the public at airports.  Video surveillance now covers the entire airport, from parking lots to the perimeter, and from the terminals to baggage claim. 

A similar concept used to deploy the Wi-Fi network was employed to connect the PoE IP surveillance cameras.  Fiber cabling from the security office at the network core connected to Intermediate Distribution Frames where network PoE switches were deployed. iConverter gigabit media converters were installed at each IDF to provide high-density fiber distribution from the switches to the cameras.

The video surveillance was a little more challenging to deploy than the wireless network because there were fewer IDFs outside the concourse, and a more extensive area needed to be covered. OmniConverter PoE media converters with two fiber ports were deployed, allowing the airport to daisy-chain the converters over longer distances in the parking lots. Another challenge was that many of the cameras were located outdoors and required hardened network equipment.

Camera Application.jpg

OmniConverter copper-to-fiber gigabit media converters were placed across the airport facility in convenient locations near power outlets. Several daisy-chain fiber links were run to light poles in the parking lots that provided excellent camera locations and power for the temperature hardened OmniConverter PoE media converters installed in NEMA enclosures. Each OmniConverter powered one or two PoE+ cameras, and in some locations, two HPoE 60 watt cameras.

After the installation of the video surveillance network, the entire airport was being monitored from a central location.  The daisy-chain topology allowed long distances to be covered and preserved fiber optic cabling.  Since the network covered such a large area, the PoE Power Reset feature on the OmniConverters eliminated the need for the airport to send out personnel to physically reset the equipment.

 

Summary

OmniConverter GPoE+/SX 10/100/1000 Media Converter with Power over Ethernet (PoE, PoE+ or 60W PoE)

Omnitron’s OmniConverter PoE media converters provided a compact and cost-effective commercial and temperature hardened solution that enabled the airport to extend distances to PoE devices with fiber.  The variety of port configurations available in the OmniConverter product family provided the flexibility for the airport to connect the devices in point-to-point or daisy-chain topologies.  Regardless of the powering requirements of the wireless access points or cameras, the OmniConverter has the ability to power PoE, PoE+ and HPoE devices, eliminating the need to purchase or stock multiple PoE devices.  

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:12:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Solutions Spotlight: Wavelength-tuneable DWDM modules]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/tunable-dwdm-modules-solution/

FLEXOPTIX Universal Tuneable SFP+, XFP, and CFP Modules give DWDM network operators a flexible new solution for DWDM deployments without the OPEX overheads of fixed-wavelength modules.

Simplify your DWDM deployments

With tuneable DWDM transceivers you can radically reduce OPEX and streamline your inventory of spare parts and stock.

DWDM networks are usually set up with fixed DWDM transceivers. This means that the laser hardware has a fixed wavelength for transmitting over a DWDM channel. But if one channel fails you need this specific channel in your spare part stock. Typically DWDM is used with 40 channels. So you need to stock 40x different wavelengths.

With tuneable DWDM transceivers those 40x redundant modules can be covered by just 10x modules, radically reducing the cost and quantity of stock you keep on hand.

Easily build a light source that is adjustable over the whole C-Band

In more complicated DWDM networks, you need to do a wavelength planning for ordering the right types. So there needs to be a documentation which specific channel is already in use at different locations. By using tuneable modules you just need to count the unused DWDM ports instead of each wavelengths and order the needed amount of only this one product. This reduces a lot of complexity and makes the planning so much easier.

You can use the FLEXOPTIX Universal Tuneable DWDM Transceivers in more than 150 host systems (see the full list of supported network equipment brands here). You can use the FLEXBOX transceiver programmer to configure them on your own, or just order the modules pre-configured.

Don't worry if your hardware doesn't support the tuning capability. With our FLEXBOX transceiver programmer you can persistently reconfigure the wavelengths, it even stays after unplugging/reboot/power off. Thus you can now easily build a light source that is adjustable over the whole C-Band. Beginning from 1528nm (196,15 THz) up to 1568nm (191,1THz). In other words: ITU channel C11 to C60 at 10Gigabit with 23dB (+/- 80km) power budget!

Developing our tuneable DWDM modules

While FLEXOPTIX has been building tuneable XFP modules since 2010, it took a couple of years to introduce the same tuning capability to our SFP+ range.

Highly requested, the main barrier was cutting down the power consumption of tuneable SFP+ modules to fit within the industry-standard MSA specifications.

The SFP+ standard provides 2 operating Power Levels:

  • Power Level I modules - up to 1.0 W
  • Power Level II modules - up to 1.5W

SFP+ modules have very low power consumption in comparison to the XFP MSA, which has defined Power Levels up to Level 4 (greater than 3.5 W). Resultant from this low power consumption, the biggest technical difference between tuneable XFP modules and tuneable SFP+ modules was CDR functionality (Clock-Data-Recovery).

The standard specification for XFP includes CDR, the SFP+ standard does not. Sure there are some SFP+ on the market with CDR, but these already operate at the full Power Level II, which left no additional overhead for tuning capability.

Now, 5 years after launching the first tuneable XFP modules, we're proud to offer FLEXOPTIX Universal Tunable DWDM SFP+ modules complete with full CDR and xWDM tuning capability at Power Level II.

This achievement guarantees that this device will work in all switches operating with the standard Power Levels specified in the MSA.

FLEXOPTIX Universal Tuneable DWDM XFP, SFP+ and CFP Transceivers

Universal Tuneable DWDM XFP, SFP+ and CFP Range

FLEXOPTIX Universal Tuneable DWDM Transceivers, including XFP, SFP+ and CFP modules are available here. Get in touch with the team at AusOptic for advice on your specific requirements.

Explore the range of Tuneable DWDM Transceivers

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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:58:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Solutions Spotlight: Finisar A-Series of WaveShaper Instruments]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/waveshaper-programmable-optical-processors/

The new A-Series WaveShaper family offers for most models significantly improved optical specifications, as well as an Ethernet interface with RESTful API for remote configuration and control, and an in-built web-server to allow control from any web browser.

The new A-Series WaveShaper family contains all capabilities of the previous generation WaveShaper instruments. It provides a range of programmable optical filtering and switching solutions for optical R&D and production test applications. Based on Finisar's high resolution, solid-state Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) optical engine, the WaveShaper family delivers extremely fine control of filter characteristics including centre wavelength, bandwidth, shape and, for WaveShaper 1000, 4000 and 16000, dispersion and attenuation.

The WaveShaper A Series instruments include a Web service API which enables the user to remotely configure the device over an Ethernet connection using HTTP commands from any software programming language. In addition, a DLL package is available for Windows-based PCs ensuring full backward compatibility (“drop-in replacement”) with previous generation WaveShaper units.

The WaveAnalyzer High Resolution Optical Spectrum Analyser allows picometer resolution spectral analysis in combination with a real-time measurement update rate of up to 10 Hz.


Finisar Waveshaper LCoS Optical Processor Diagram

WaveShaper - How does it work?

The WaveShaper family is based on Finisar’s Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology. As shown schematically in the figure below, the input signal is dispersed by a conventional grating before its spectral components hit the LCoS optical processor. This LCoS processor consists of a matrix of reflective liquid crystal elements. By applying voltages to these matrix elements, they can add individual phase shifts to the reflected signals which allows beam steering of the signal components hitting the LCoS processor. As the wavelengths are separated on the LCoS chip the control of each wavelength is independent of all others and can be switched or filtered without interfering with other wavelengths.

As a result, the structure offers spectral attenuation, dispersion and optical switching capabilities which are available in the WaveShaper family.



For more about the Finisar WaveShaper A-Series:

Call our office on (02) 9424 2111, or send us a message:

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:12:00 +0000
<![CDATA[OFC 2017 at the LA Convention Center, 19-23 March ]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/ofc-2017-highlights/

AusOptic partner highlights at the 2017 Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition, 19th to the 23rd of March at the Los Angeles Convention Center

This year we've continued to expand our range with new partnerships that add and expand our existing portfolio of premiere equipment and optical technology manufacturers from around the world - all backed by our local AusOptic support team.

Don't hesitate to contact our office if you need a hand arranging in-depth demonstrations, or to discuss your specific applications with our partners engineers.

Follow along from home

Even if you're not attending, check out what's happening at the show on the #ofc2017 hashtag:


Partners at the show

If you're visiting OFC this year, there's a number of AusOptic partners we recommend you stop by:

New partner highlights

Dimension Technology Co., Ltd.

Dimension develop and manufacture visual measurement instruments such as automatic Fiber Endface Interferometers and Fiber Endface Inspectors.

Booth
3618
Website
http://en.weidujs.com/
Categories
Communications Equipment
Fiber Cables, Assemblies
Laboratory & Test Equipment
Network Test Equipment
Production Test Equipment

FiberLabs, Inc.

FiberLabs Inc. develop optical amplifiers and test equipment for optical fiber communication, optical sensing, bio-medical optics and more. FiberLabs provide Optical Amplifiers, ASE Sources, Fiber Lasers, O-Band Filter, LEDs, and Specialty Fiber covering the widest wavelength ranges available, including S, C, L, and O-Bands plus 1um, 2um, and 850nm.

Booth
3647
Website
https://www.fiberlabs-inc.com/
Categories
Fiber Cables, Assemblies
Light Sources (Incoherent)
Network Test Equipment
Optical Amplifiers
Specialty & Communications Fibers

iXblue Photonics

iXblue Photonics helps photonics engineers to get the most out of the light by providing high performance, innovative and reliable photonic solutions. iXblue offer specialty fibers, Bragg gratings and optical modulation solutions for a variety of applications including optical communications, fiber lasers and amplifiers, photonic sensors, space and sciences.

Booth
3850
Website
https://photonics.ixblue.com/
Categories
Custom Component Fabrication
Electronic Components - Active/Dynamic
Optical Components - Active/Dynamic
Optical Components - Passive
Optical Transmitters/Receivers

Luna Innovations Inc.

Luna specializes in advanced fiber-optic testing and measurement. Its award-winning product line includes optical analyzers, ultra-high resolution reflectometers, and distributed temperature and strain analysis tools for optical fiber components, modules and networks.

Booth
2511
Website
http://lunainc.com/
Categories
Laboratory & Test Equipment
Lasers
Network Test Equipment
Production Test Equipment
Sensors & Sensor Systems

NTT Advanced Technology

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation is a technology integrator that commercialises the research results of NTT R&D Laboratories. At the exhibition NTT-AT will be exhibiting Optical Connector Cleaner, Optical Connector Polisher, Polyimide Waveplate, and more.

Booth
2417
Website
http://www.ntt-at.com/prdsvc/fiberoptics.html
Categories
Fiber Cables, Assemblies
Optical Components - Passive
Optical Fibers - Communications
Optical Fibers - Specialty

PacketLight Networks

PacketLight's full scale WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) product suite allows the transport of any mix of services — from 2Mbps up to 200Gbe — over existing dark fiber, CWDM, or DWDM network infrastructure.

PacketLight are global leaders in the design and manufacture of precision, compact 1U WDM solutions. Engineered to perform with the reliability and efficiency demanded by services providers, dark fiber developers, data centres, financial institutions, campuses and enterprises looking to expand their fiber capacity without compromising on security, flexibility or future growth.

Booth
3827
Website
http://www.packetlight.com/
Categories
Communications Equipment
Optical Components - Active/Dynamic
Video & Imaging Systems

Ultra Tec Mfg, Inc.

Ultra Tec manufactures Bare-Fiber Polishing Machines, Portable Connector Polishers, Production Polishers, Cut-off Saws and Polishing Supplies. Applications include, Contacts, Termini, Connectors, Waveguides, Lenses, Capillaries, Small Optics, Crystals, Micro-chips and other Electro-Optic Devices. We also stock a wide variety of Polishing Supplies. New for 2017 is the FiberLab software-driven Bare Fiber inspection microscope.

Booth
3414
Website
http://www.ultratecusa.com/
Categories
Laboratory & Test Equipment

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

With a history spanning 50 years, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. have grown into a global leader for polymer extrusion technologies, partnering with industry front-runners to bring advanced polymer solutions to the world. Today Zeus produces tubing, heat shrink and coating products for fiber optics in medical, energy, automotive, and aerospace industries. Zeus sheathing and furcation tubing protects and extends the life of sensitive optical fibers.

Booth
1330
Website
https://www.zeusinc.com/
Categories
Dielectric Materials
Specialty Optical Fibers
Optical Materials
Plastic Optics
Polymer Optics
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:23:17 +0000
<![CDATA[New at AusOptic: 6-port OmniConverter GPoE+/SX Media Converter]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/new-omniconverter-gpoe-s-gigabit-poe-media-converter/
OmniConverter GPoE+/SX 10/100/1000 Media Converter with Power over Ethernet (PoE, PoE+ or 60W PoE)

New from Omnitron-Systems, the 6-port OmniConverter GPoE+/SX converts 10/100/1000BASE-T copper to 1000BASE-X or 100BASE-X fiber, and injects Power-over-Ethernet. GPoE+/SX PoE media converters provide network distance extension with fiber cabling, and function as PoE injectors for up to four Powered Device (PDs) over standard UTP cables that carry the Ethernet data.

Models with two fiber ports support redundant fiber uplinks for critical applications that require protection and sub 50ms restoration in the event of a fiber failure. The second fiber port may also be used to cascade multiple media converters, or it may be used as another switch port.

Configurable features include Directed Switch Mode, MUX Mode, Dual PoE Device Mode and a PoE power reset.


Omnitron iConverter F2F-10G Multimode to Single-mode Media Conversion

In this application diagram, OmniConverter PoE injector media converters are deployed to overcome the distance limitation of UTP copper cabling by enabling fiber connectivity to PoE powered IP surveillance cameras and Wi-Fi access points. Gigabit fiber is distributed from a Ethernet switch at the network hub location.

OmniConverter GPoE+/SX media converters provide fiber connectivity and PoE power to two IP surveillance cameras and two access points at each location. The dual fiber ports enable a fiber daisy chain architecture that connects multiple surveillance locations. One port is the fiber uplink, and the other port is the fiber downlink to the next OmniConverter. Daisy chains are useful when deploying multiple PoE or PoE+ devices in a linear fashion along city streets, highways, rail lines, border fences, or pipelines.


Omnitron Warranty

AusOptic is an authorised Omnitron Systems partner in Australia


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:50:55 +0000
<![CDATA[PacketLight PL-2000AD: Physical Layer Encryption in a Flexible 10G-100G 1U Box]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/pl-2000ad-packetlight-layer-1-encryption-1u-otn-solution/

PacketLight Networks presents PL-2000AD, a fully integrated Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution that equips enterprises and carriers with extended point-to-point Layer-1 encryption.

New from PacketLight, the PL-2000AD is a fully integrated (compact 1U) Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution that equips enterprises and carriers with extended point-to-point Layer-1 encryption capabilities across metro and long haul routes. The PL-2000AD protects data in transit at the physical layer, where the risk of a dangerous security breach is increasing exponentially.

PacketLight Removes Distance and Cost Barriers to High Speed Physical Layer Security with PL-2000AD
(BusinessWire, October 12th, 2016)

For many years cyber-security breaches were aimed at the data center, cloud or the data itself in the enterprise environment. As security in those areas strengthened, hackers have begun attacking the network, whether wireless or over fiber and cables. Conceptually, hacking into light waves seems excessively difficult but it turns out there are viable and practical ways of economically achieving this. Hence, Layer-1 or physical layer security has become a key part of a total cyber-security solution.

200G Multiprotocol Multirate Muxponder/Transponder/ADM

The PL-2000AD also maintains the cost-effective PacketLight approach of delivering bundled encryption solutions in the same package as their 200G multiprotocol multi-rate Muxponder/ Transponder/ADM offering. While the introduction of data encryption over the network can force massive and costly infrastructure migrations at upper layers, the PL-2000AD encryption can interconnect with any layer-2/3 switches or to existing DWDM infrastructure. This provisions leading-edge security into the network quickly and painlessly.

“The challenge of protecting the network from hackers is hitting enterprises and service providers hard and fast, while increasingly stringent regulations enforced by government and security managers are making encryption mandatory across organizations and countries,” explained Koby Reshef, PacketLight’s CEO. “Our customers are now able to comply with these regulations and deliver new types of encryption service without changes to existing infrastructure - making it quicker, less costly and faster to implement. PL-2000AD offers the most advanced Layer-1 security with minimal integration effort.”

The PL-2000AD supports protocols such as Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH and OTN that are ideal for data centers and carrier networks. The encryption solution also works with various client protocols such as 10G/40G/100G LAN, STM64/OC192, OTU2/4 and 8G/10G/16G/32G FC. It also provides flexible encryption solutions for a variety of services from 10G up to 100G, and can encrypt the data-per-service or per muxponder uplink.

PacketLight’s cryptography performs GCM-AES-256 layer-1 encryption for up to 20 multirate Ethernet, Fibre channel or SONET/SDH services. The encrypted service provides full end-to-end transparency of service data and clock with a minimal latency. For improved security, PacketLight’s encryption uses periodical key exchange using the Elliptic Curve Cryptography Cofactor Diffie-Hellman (ECC CDH) algorithm.

PacketLight’s encryption solution ensures three major concerns of optical link security:

  • Confidentiality - preventing disclosure of information to unauthorized parties
  • Data integrity - ensuring that the message has not been altered
  • Authentication – validates identities of both parties

The encryption solution is fully compliant with NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and with CNSA Top Secret Suite requirements (formerly NSA Suite B).

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:56:33 +0000
<![CDATA[New for 2017: The FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/new-2017-fitel-s179-fusion-splicer/

Furukawa Electric and AusOptic are proud to introduce the FITEL S179 Hand-Held, Core Alignment Fusion Splicer

Due for release in the 1st quarter of 2017, the next generation FITEL S179 offers world-leading performance, delivering fast and reliable optical fiber splicing, even under harsh environmental conditions.

The S179 refines the speed, precision, durability and portability of the S178A, and adds flexible new wireless connectivity options. The FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer is completely suitable for use with all Metro, LAN and FTTx fibers, including ultra-bend insensitive fibers.

The FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer’s large-capacity battery system helps save time by allowing 200 splicing cycles (splicing/heating) in one charge. A 4.3-inch wide LCD screen with touch panel offers easy and intuitive operation and a proportionately wide splicing chamber makes optical fiber easier to load. For improved visibility in low-light conditions, 3 +1 LED lights illuminate the entire splicing chamber. A detachable left side V-groove makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

Careful attention was given to the real-world way users operate in the field, and the S179 Fusion Splicer has been optimised to provide consistent high-performance results under a demanding range of conditions. With a low profile, lighter chassis that enhances portability, the splicer’s canopy design and ruggedised body provide resistance to shock, water, and dust exposure. A powerful, high propulsion motor (8N) helps ensure stable splicing of even the most rigid indoor and drop cables. Internal battery charging, embedded Near Field Communication (NFC), and Smartphone readiness combine with other features to make the S179 one of the most powerful and user-friendly fusion splicing machines in the world.

FITEL S179A Fusion Splicer with Standard Kit

FITEL S179A Hand-Held Core Alignment Fusion Splicer

Designed with users in mind, the exceptional new FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer delivers rapid splicing and heating ability with consistent results, splice after splice.

Learn more about the FITEL S179

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:55:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Second-hand Special: FITEL S123M12 Ribbon Splicer + S218R Thermal Stripper]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/second-hand-special-fitel-s123m12-ribbon-splicer/

We've got a limited number of second-hand FITEL S123M12 Ribbon Splicers available at a special discounted price of $9,900 inc. GST.

AusOptic Pre-Owned Certified Equipment

The super-rugged FITEL S123M12 is a fixed V-groove (Clad Alignment) fusion splicer for single fiber and up to 12 fiber ribbon splicing. The S123M12 delivers the fast and consistent splicing for installers and contractors working with NBN, FTTx, LAN, backbone or long-haul fiber applications.

These kits come with:

Cordless FITEL S218R Thermal Stripper / hot-stripping tool for removing the coating of single fiber and ribbon fibers.

The kit also includes genuine FITEL hard-case and the following accessories:

  • 12-Fiber Holder (narrow)
  • 12-Fiber Holder (wide)
  • 2 batteries
  • S976 AC Adapter and power cord
  • S958C Charger
  • Cooling Tray
  • Angled Stand
  • Splicer Cleaning Kit
  • Sharpener
  • V-Groove Brush
  • S952 AC Adapter and power cord

Includes delivery via road-freight within Australia.

Not included in this kit, but available separately from AusOptic:

  • Single Fiber Holders for single fiber splicing applications
  • FITEL S326 High Precision Optical Cleaver

Equipment Condition Notes:

Chassis has cosmetic signs of wear and field use.

AusOptic Pre-Owned Equipment:

  • Pre-Owned Equipment has been used, and typically have been traded-in by AusOptic clients
  • The equipment is then fully inspected, serviced, and cleaned by our AusOptic FITEL Service Engineers, trained by FITEL in Japan
  • AusOptic Pre-Owned Equipment is fully supported by the FITEL-Authorised Service Centre at AusOptic

For more information about these kits:

Call our office on (02) 9424 2111, or send us a message:

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<![CDATA[New at AusOptic: forte® E3-31 Electric V-Groove Brush]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/new-forte-e3-31-electric-v-groove-brush/

Ultrasonic (18,000rpm) tool for fast, efficient, and reliable cleaning of ceramic v-grooves.

Successor to the original forte® E3-30 V-Groove Brush. 

The forte® E3-31 is a precision cleaning tool that utilises ultrasonic movement and a unique brush head with ultra-fine filaments. The E3-31 is specifically designed to remove dirt particles from the 125um & 80um v-grooves in splicer ceramic blocks.

The E3-31 achieves consistent and reliable performance in the field. Operating at ultrasonic speed, dirt particles removed from the v-grooves are released from the brush filaments, unable to contaminate the ultra-fine bristles.

With a gentle brush, regular use of the E3-31 will ensure the v-grooves are always ready for the next operation.

The E3-31 outperforms the results achieved by other specialist cleaning brushes. Where other specialist brushes utilise 130um bristles, the E3-31 head features filaments that measure just 30um extending 0.5mm from a 180um stem.

Cleaning splicer v-grooves with the forte E3-31 Electric V-Groove Brush

For more information, click through to view the forte® E3-31 product page and PDF:

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<![CDATA[Save 20% on Kingfisher NBN fiber test gear]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/march-special-save-on-kingfisher-nbn--fiber-test-gear/

Click through to view our Kingfisher range online, or call the team at AusOptic: (02) 9424 2111 for more information.

Please note:

  • Discounts cannot be combined with other special offers or quotes
  • Acceptance is strictly at the discretion of Kingfisher and AusOptic
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<![CDATA[OptoSigma / Sigma Koki price revisions for 2016]]> https://ausoptic.com.au/blog/reductions-across-optosigma-range-of-optical-bases/

Reductions of up 50% across the OptoSigma range of Optical Bases

View the list of corresponding products (PDF) or browse Optical Bases in the Sigma Koki catalog online.  

Price updates effective from January 2016.

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