Telescent unveils SureTracer electrically tone-traceable fiber-optic patchcords

DECEMBER 6, 2007 -- The company says its SureTracer patchcords offer the lowest cost and simplest approach to incrementally and cost-effectively transform a standard patch panel into an "intelligent" patch panel.

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DECEMBER 6, 2007 -- Telescent (search for Telescent) this week announced its SureTracer family of electronically tone-traceable duplex fiber-optic cable and patchcords that can be electrically tone-traced in a non-invasive fashion--even while carrying live traffic and connected to active transmission equipment, say company representatives.

Telescent claims its low-cost and convenient approach to live cable identification and tracing is available in the smallest form factor duplex cable and is compatible not only with Telescent's SureConnect-based fiber-optic patch panels, but also with any industry-standard models. The company says its SureTracer patchcords offer the lowest cost and simplest approach to incrementally and cost-effectively transform a standard patch panel into an "intelligent" patch panel.

Telescent's approach incorporates a microscope electrical conductor on the outside of the duplex cable jacket. By attaching a low-force conducting cable clip at any point along the cable span and attaching a standard electronic tone generator, this composite fiber-optic cable can be identified and traced by using an inexpensive electronic tone detector probe, identical to those used for copper networking cables, explains the company. Simply passing the probe in the vicinity of the cable produces an audible tone. By design, the clip does not penetrate the cable jacket nor does it degrade the physical integrity of the fiber-optic cable.

According to the company, key features of the patent-pending SureTracer cable include:
• Utilization of low-cost electronic tone tracing equipment rather than costly optical fiber identifiers;
• A completely non-invasive procedure that is effective for both dark fiber and live fiber;
• Cable tracing without interrupting data transmission;
• Standard termination and quick termination techniques that are identical to those used for standard cables; and
• Availablity in all duplex cable types and lengths.

Telescent representatives say they offer tone-traceable duplex zipcord patchcords in all fiber and connector types and in any length. Singlemode and multimode patchcords in standard lengths and with standard connectors are available from the company's online store. Telescent supplies SureTracer cable in bulk form, enabling the user to connectorize with any industry-standard field-installable quick termination connectors.

SureTracer cable brings a new level of convenience, value, and functionality to fiber-optic cable management and plays an important role in a range of applications, say company representatives, who note that service providers and network administrators can now deliver optical services with reduced maintenance costs and improved network reliability while leveraging their existing electronic tone tracing equipment for fiber-optic cabling.

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By attaching a low-force conducting cable clip at any point along the cable span and attaching a standard electronic tone generator, the cable can be traced using an electronic tone detector probe.
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