Optical fiber cable in telecommunication
Light that travels through an optical fiber cable has been used in telecommunication since the first non-experimental fiber-optic link was installed in 1975 by the Dorset police (United Kingdom). Fiber-optic based communication has numerous advantages over copper-based communication, such as higher transmission speed and bandwidth and low susceptibility to electromagnetic effects. Virtually all modern communication infrastructure is based on optical fiber.
Quality inspection by optical time-domain reflectometry
When new optical fiber cables are installed, and existing optical-fiber infrastructure is being expanded and maintained, the fulfillment of customer specifications and quality standards needs to be ensured. The standard method for the characterization of an optical fiber-link is the optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR). An opto-electronic instrument, the so-called optical time-domain reflectometer, emits a number of light pulses into the fiber, receives and analyzes their reflected light. The characterization results include mainly the length, the total loss and the attenuation of the optical link, as well as the position and loss of splices, connectors and faults which are located on the fiber.
Expansion of optical-fiber network infrastructure
Along with the digital transformation, where digital technologies change all aspects of human life and society, and along with the change to a digital industrial economy, the demand for higher bandwidth is the driving force for the expansion of optical-fiber network infrastructure. Thousands of OTDR measurements are made by technicians every day and enormous amounts of data are accumulated. These data have to be collected and centrally stored, inspected, analyzed and archived. As proof of the compliance with national and international telecommunication standards as well as with customer specifications, appropriate reports and documents have to be created.
Fast and reliable inspection and reporting of OTDR data
With the era of Big Data, new techniques and software tools enable the processing of large amounts of data on commodity hardware in a very short time and at reasonable cost. Taking full advantage of these new technical possibilities, we are developing novel scalable and reliable software solutions for the high-speed analysis and reporting of vast amounts of OTDR data.
Our new solutions are targeted at companies that own, operate, maintain or extend a large optical-fiber infrastructure, such as carriers/network operators, energy suppliers, service providers as well as installation companies.
Our solutions enable you not only to increase the speed but also the level of automation of your optical-fiber inspection and reporting process. This leads to less manual work and human errors, while at the same time improving your quality control by a complete automatic inspection of the measurement data.
FiberDoc and FiberCloud product family
Find more information of our well-known OTDR analysis and documentation software FiberDoc and our FiberCloud service on the FiberDoc product homepage → www.fiberdoc.de