Acterna announced that Eurotunnel, the operator of the Channel Tunnel, has completed the installation of Acterna's Optical Network Management System (ONMS). The system will provide 24-hour network monitoring of 300 miles of optical cable across the English Channel.
The Acterna ONMS enables reduced costs throughout the network while ensuring Eurotunnel's customers benefit from a significant improvement in the level and quality of service. The product enables Eurotunnel to identify and locate problems in the network quickly and accurately. As Eurotunnel's network spans the English Channel, Acterna's ONMS provides the network transparency essential to quickly identifying and repairing faults on submerged cables so that revenue is not lost.
The Acterna ONMS facilitates proactive preventative maintenance. If signal degradation reaches an alarm level that the customer defines, the problem is identified and investigated before it starts to affect users of the network. The ONMS server is based at Eurotunnel's network operations center in Coquelle, near Calais, with client stations located throughout the U.K. and France.
The test units are deployed at strategic points throughout the backbone and metropolitan networks. Each integrated unit is capable of testing cables within a 100-mile radius and locating faults to within one foot and reporting back to the central server.
A Web-client feature allows access to data and test analysis functions via a secure intranet link from a standard PC Web browser. Technicians across the region can access all functions without additional training or software. Security is ensured by a series of codes and passwords. Eurotunnel can assign degrees of access, from 'view-only' to full access, from the server.
For more information about Acterna (Germantown, MD), visit the company's website at www.acterna.com.