Precision OT, normally focused on optical transceivers and related active/passive optical components, is branching out with Lightseer, a machine-learning-powered software-defined networking (SDN) application designed to monitor and analyze the physical layer of an optical network. Lightseer provides real-time performance data down to level of optical transceivers and individual optical links, says the company.
Lightseer dovetails with the trend toward open systems by streamlining optical network monitoring across white boxes and legacy devices, according to Precision OT. Features of the SDN application include:
- Real-time optical monitoring with reports of the state and integrity of the optical network (including the ability to view from a high level down to individual optical links)
- Wavelength density monitoring for CWDM/DWDM networks
- Compatible throughout a large variety of white box networking equipment and off-the-shelf SDN controllers
- Integration with legacy networking equipment
- Live management and configuration of optics deployed in a SDN-enabled network (inventory, tuning, etc.)
- Machine learning for predictive analytics to forecast optical failures and anomalies before they cause network downtime.
“At Precision OT, we believe software-defined networks and white box technologies will aid in the operability of 5G networks, metro Ethernet, hybrid fiber/coax networks, and more,” says Todd Davis, CEO of Precision OT. “By covering all aspects of real-time optical monitoring and being compatible with a wide variety of white box networking equipment, Lightseer meets the demand to ease logistical complexity and improve network intelligence. As today’s telecom companies prepare their software-defined networks for IoT and AI applications, we’re filling the gap for custom solutions that can improve the intelligence and agility of optical networks.”
Precision OT will debut Lightseer at this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta at Booth 707.
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