Optical transport systems vendor ADVA Optical Networking says that the municipality of Apex, NC, has deployed its Advanced Link Monitoring (ALM) platform to offer real-time insight into the town's optical transport infrastructure. The fiber monitoring platform, which ADVA relaunched one year ago, is designed to enable fast repair of fiber breaks with minimal disruption to aid network assurance (see "ADVA Optical Networking updates ALM fiber monitoring platform").
According to ADVA, issues can be identified in seconds and technicians dispatched quickly. Connectivity between Apex police departments, water facilities, and other major public locations is now completely monitored. Apex plans to use the ADVA ALM to expand connectivity over the next few months, says ADVA.
ADVA says its ALM system provides continuous, in-service monitoring of fiber linksvia an intuitive GUI, equipping Apex's network operators with infrastructure understanding. The ADVA ALM also addresses issues such as high operating costs from unnecessary truck rolls and maintenance staff deployment, which can be reduced with minimized false alarms.
"Essential public amenities depend on rapid reporting and information exchange. For services like policing, firefighting and wastewater management, reliable, high-speed connections could not be more critical. That's why we're leveraging the assurance of ADVA Optical Networking's ALM fiber monitoring solution," said Erika Sacco, Apex director, IT/GIS. "Fiber is only as useful as it is available; being alerted to any damage in real time enables us to take action even before a break happens. That means excellent service availability and major budget savings. What's more, it makes our processes far more environmentally friendly. We're currently monitoring six key fiber pairs and will be including ten more locations before the end of 2017. Over the next few years, we'll expand the scope even further and the advantages will increase."
The ADVA ALM fiber monitoring platform was installed by ADVA Optical Networking's partner, fiber-optic test provider M2 Optics. Both ADVA and M2 Optics will provide the municipality with continuous technical support.
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