Fujitsu's optical transport network lands at LAX

March 15, 2006 Richardson, TX -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has deployed Fujitsu's Flashwave 4000 multi-service provisioning platforms (MSPPs) and Netsmart 1500 Element Management System (EMS) to modernize and add reliability to the agency's intra-airport communications network.Â

Mar 15th, 2006

March 15, 2006 Richardson, TX -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has deployed Fujitsu's Flashwave 4000 multi-service provisioning platforms (MSPPs) and Netsmart 1500 Element Management System (EMS) to modernize and add reliability to the agency's intra-airport communications network.

The upgraded network will support mission-critical data communications associated with the airport's radar system and air traffic control tower. The upgrade will also increase the security and reliability of the FAA's air traffic control communications at LAX while streamlining airport operations.

The network is carrying short- and long-range radar system data, weather condition information, Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach data between runways and the air traffic control tower, and private voice and data communications to allow for enhanced air traffic management. As part of its airport modernization program, the FAA opted for a Unidirectional Path Switched Ring (UPSR)-based network at LAX. UPSR SONET technology is used throughout the carrier-class networks of all major telecom carriers due to its reliability and redundant capabilities. With UPSR, information is sent in both directions around a network ring; the receiving node monitors the quality of both received signals and uses the higher quality signal. This provides for uninterrupted communications in the event of signal degradation or a complete fiber cut.

Fujitsu says its Flashwave 4100 MSPP's scalable architecture is "optimized" for delivery of private line and Ethernet over SONET (EoS) data services. Multiple SONET rings can be hubbed in a single 4100 platform; the platform's Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) capabilities enable efficient support of Ethernet/Fast Ethernet (10/100BaseT) or Gigabit Ethernet services. Also, to the benefit of the FAA, the platform has achieved "RUS technical acceptance" and "Buy American" status.

Also deployed in the upgrade, the Flashwave 4020 Ethernet service platform (ESP) integrates DS1 and Ethernet service delivery for voice and data, while the Netsmart 1500 software simplifies the management and surveillance of Fujitsu network elements through point-and-click provisioning of circuits and its optical self-discovery capabilities. Fujitsu says the software's network and element management features allow for quick turn-up of Ethernet, WDM, and SONET services.

"The FAA was initially interested in using our Flashwave 4000 products at LAX because they have a proven track record in other airports, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as well as in carrier-class telecommunication networks," explains Bill Erickson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. "The products deployed are designed and manufactured in the U.S., which was also a consideration."

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