Integra Optics has unveiled the Smart Coder+, designed help technicians quickly recode the company’s optical transceivers for use in various network platforms. An upgrade over Integra Optics’ first Smart Coder, the Smart Coder+ offers additional capabilities that make recoding more efficient, thus increasing network uptime, the company asserts.
The ability to quickly and easily recode optical transceivers to work in a variety of platforms becomes more critical as service providers merge or otherwise adopt multi-vendor network hardware environments. The ability to recode modules for different vendors’ hardware significantly simplifies inventory considerations, Integra Optics points out.
The portable Smart Coder+, available now, enables technicians to recode Integra Optics transceivers in all current form factors, from 1G through 100G, for more than 50 OEM platforms. Field personnel can recode the Integra modules as often as necessary, the company states.
The device plugs into a laptop’s USB port. A web interface displays optical power, coding history, and diagnostics. The technician selects the desired coding configuration, and the Smart Coder+ programs the Integra transceiver for the chosen system. The Smart Coder+ app also enables remote engineering support, in which technicians consult with Integra engineers in real time.
“The Smart Coder has helped our customers to eliminate entirely the challenges of integrating networks. By giving engineers added flexibility in the field, they no longer need to anticipate for downtime as they work to turn over their system," said Integra Optics CEO/CTO David Prescott via a press release.
"Our network uses multiple vendors' equipment and we've been able to recode optics as needed depending on the equipment being deployed,” said an unidentified network administrator that Integra Optics quoted in the same release. “This means we don't have to keep a stock of optics for each type of equipment; we only stock and code as needed. "
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