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tracking fiber assets

  • From: Frank Coluccio
  • Date: Sat Feb 17 02:02:18 2007


Ordinarily, I might suggest a straightforward 
software-based cable management system. However,
since your list of concerns also includes active 
elements and their wavelength and probably sub-
lambda derivatives, you'll probably want something 
that's rule-based with a bit more smarts.

Give a look at the "One Plan" system from
VPIsystems Inc (Holmdel, NJ). It was written 
up recently in Lightwave Magazine:

One Plan has a photonic-layer inventory and
configuration module that will very likely 
satisfy your needs at the cable, strand and 
multimplexed levels, and then some. Whether 
or not it is available as a standalone module, 
however, I can't rightly say. Good Luck.

Frank A. Coluccio
DTI Consulting Inc.
New York City
[email protected]

On Thu Feb 15 18:52 , Daniel J McDonald  sent:

>What do people use to keep track of fiber-optic assets?  We own fiber on
>electric transmission lines - a hundred spans or so, mostly 24-48 count,
>about 800-900 total route-miles.  But we lack a tool to keep track of
>what is in use, which customers would be affected when we perform
>maintenance, and the like.
>Any suggestions for good tools to manage this would be most appreciated.
>Our spreadsheets, CAD drawings, and directories full of OTDR shots are
>just not cutting it.
>Daniel J McDonald, CCIE # 2495, CISSP # 78281, CNX
>Austin Energy