EXFO Monitors Fiber

EXFO releases cost-effective solution for fiber-monitoring applications

April 29, 2008

2 Min Read

QUEBEC CITY -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of Fiber Guardian, a remotely controllable unit strategically placed along an optical network for continuous monitoring and troubleshooting applications.

Fiber Guardian, which can be upgraded to become part of EXFO’s full-fledged NQMSFiber monitoring system, is a stand-alone, remote test unit that enables customers to monitor critical fiber along their networks without the large investments required for more expensive, client-server remote fiber test systems. Whether for 24/7 monitoring or ad-hoc manual testing of fibers before service activation on existing fibers, this lean monitoring solution can be effortlessly integrated into a corporate network.

Leveraging EXFO’s expertise and market leadership in optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), Fiber Guardian combines leading-edge technology with easy-to-use software to ensure plug-and-play operability within seconds of connecting a new fiber route to the test unit. Auto-discovery and provisioning functions allow users to save a considerable amount of time in their set-ups, since connected fibers are automatically detected and fault-detection routines are automatically programmed.

Remote test units are accessible from anywhere on a global basis via standard Web Services (SOAP-XML), allowing for quick integration into third-party or proprietary systems. These systems can also be notified through a standard SMTP-XML gateway.

Through a secure, multi-user Web interface, local administrators and users can easily access the remote test unit in their own language and view results, faults logs and other data within their own time zone.

Fiber Guardian has been designed for all types of markets. Network service providers and cable TV operators may require Fiber Guardian to ensure continuous quality of service (QoS) during potentially dangerous construction work, while military, government bodies and certain utility companies may need to trigger remote OTDR tests in hard-to-reach spots on their networks. Whatever the customer or application, Fiber Guardian delivers the flexibility and performance level to meet all OTDR monitoring needs.

“Fiber Guardian is the solution of choice for monitoring strategic parts of an optical network to ensure quality of service,” said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. “The value-add of our solution is that it can grow along with customers’ heightened requirements to deploy a full-fledged remote fiber test system.”

EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF)

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