Advance Fiber Optics unveils management tools for premises networks

August 1, 2002--Advance Fiber Optics Inc. (AFO) recently introduced an inside plant management tool for premise fiber networks that offers the same level of detail and functionality demonstrated by their OSPInSight outside plant management system, contends the company.

Advance Fiber Optics Inc. (AFO) recently introduced an inside plant management tool for premise fiber networks that offers the same level of detail and functionality demonstrated by their OSPInSight outside plant management system, contends the company.

Providing network planners and engineers with an affordable means to identify equipment usage levels, wavelength availability and location details, the OSPInSight Inside Plant Manager-Edit enables operations managers to improve system planning and maximize system capacity, thus achieving lower costs and higher productivity.

"We developed the Inside Plant Manager-Edit to create a more complete network management system that affords inside plant engineers and planners the same reliability, ease of use, and detailed data available in our OSPInSight outside plant product," explains Clay Arnell, chief executive officer of Advance Fiber Optics. "By integrating the inside plant tools, DWDM technology can be managed at the optical level, making it easy to assess bandwidth allocations and building-to-building equipment details at the click of a button."

In the past, identifying fiber-optic equipment usage and network capacity has been difficult and sometimes impossible, but the advent of inside plant management software eliminates this problem, says Arnell.

The OSPInSight Inside Plant Manager-Edit provides information regarding equipment usage levels, wavelength availability, connection types, floor plans, bays, racks, shelves, cards, ports, and many other aspects of the network. More specifically, this tool enables network managers to do the following:

• Graphically view network ring schematics and associated elements
• Model complex network components and track the optical layer of the fiber network
• Ensure key network parameters are accurate
• Create layers for any passive or active element of the network
• Tie all inside plant records directly to the outside plant data.

AFO's flagship product, OSPInSight Outside Plant Manager-Edit (formerly OSPInSight Pro), was introduced in 1995 as one of the first of a new breed of Windows-based network management systems for fiber-optic, coax, and copper communications networks. Local exchange carriers, cable TV operators, governments, and utilities use OSPInSight Outside Plant Manager-Edit.

For more information about Advance Fiber Optics (Salt Lake City, UT), visit the company's Web site at www.ospinsight.com.

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