LA MTA taps FibroLAN for optical backbone network

June 9, 2006 Chicago, IL -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has selected FibroLAN to deploy a fiber-optic backbone network. The FibroLAN equipment carries heavy-duty video surveillance applications, data transfers, and connectivity for the Public Announcement system used in the MTA's 70 subway and light-rail stations spread throughout the city and its suburbs.

June 9, 2006 Chicago, IL -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has selected FibroLAN to deploy a fiber-optic backbone network. The FibroLAN equipment carries heavy-duty video surveillance applications, data transfers, and connectivity for the Public Announcement system used in the MTA's 70 subway and light-rail stations spread throughout the city and its suburbs. The new system improves anti-terror and security monitoring by the MTA.

"FibroLAN was selected as the key component for the MTA's network backbone because it provided the required redundant 1-Gbit/sec high-speed core connectivity for efficient voice, video, and data transfers to every MTA station," reports Moshe Vidal, FibroLAN's vice president of national sales. "In addition, FibroLAN's instantaneous failover mechanism is the quickest available on the market, at less than 20 microseconds, which guarantees a continuous video stream without losing a frame. This makes FibroLAN ideal for surveillance applications in venues like public transportation, power plants, airports, the gaming industry, and other applications where a remote video camera is connected over a redundant fiber link."

The Los Angeles MTA networking system built on the FibroLAN backbone is fully monitored and controlled from a single control center by the MTA's Communications Engineering team. The new system's cameras flash a warning in the control center if something suspicious is detected in subway stations or in the tunnels.

"Our new upgraded system is a big step forward, and I think the public will feel a lot safer," Los Angeles MTA board member David Fleming was quoted as saying in a Los Angeles Times story on the new system.

FibroLAN also was chosen recently by the major Australian carrier, Telstra, for a large fiber-to-business deployment, in which Telstra is providing broadband access to schools, banks, government facilities, and other large enterprise customers over its fiber-optic network.

The system is based on the MetroStar, FibroLAN's flagship product that was built specifically for carriers that are deploying Metro Ethernet networks. In such installations, FibroLAN provides end-to-end management capabilities featuring rate limiting, remote loopback, and other features that are critical to carriers in such deployments. The system enables up to 1,500 broadband subscribers dispersed over metropolitan areas to be managed under one IP address and provides access to both intranets and the Internet at speeds ranging from 256K to 1000 Mbits/sec, say FibroLAN representatives.

FibroLAN teamed up with Siemens Communications Australia to ensure smooth implementation of this strategic long-term project.

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