Organizations that maintain distributed fiber optic networks need robust tools to accurately document the location and connectivity of their systems. Many organizations have traditionally relied on CAD-based maps with simple line work, detailed schematic connectivity drawings, and spreadsheets detailing fiber level connectivity. This approach creates a silo of information that is tedious to maintain, difficult to understand, and rarely distributed to other employees within an organization.
Fiber Manager relies on the proven enterprise architecture and tools of Telvent’s ArcFM™ Solution to provide a user-friendly, GIS-based environment for creating and maintaining network information for fiber optic systems. Key features include:
The Connection Manager is an intuitive tool for quickly managing a large number of complex connections. The left side of the form represents the fibers and their connections for the Evans Substation cable (highlighted in aqua on the screen.) The right side of the form represents the 11th Ave BB31 cable highlighted in magenta on the screen. This tool can also manage attributes for trays, splice types, and attenuation at the 1310- and 1550-nanometer wavelengths. It also can be used for managing connections to patch panels and equipment, such as router switches, media converters and SONET devices.
The OTDR Trace uses connectivity information (within splice enclosures and patch panels) and precise length information to determine the best location for a fiber outage event. This trace also generates a report detailing all of the elements in the path to the outage.
ESRI ArcSchematics is utilized to generate a schematic layout of a splice enclosure on demand. The following diagram shows an overall schematic for six cables spliced within a single enclosure. In this representation of the schematic, the fibers have been grouped together to simplify the diagram as much as possible:
Note: The below schematic diagram is an inset detail from the above.
With the Circuit Manager, a user can define and manage a named light path in the system. Circuits can be used to manage the physical fiber paths used in an organization or define leased 'dark fiber' paths.
The Fiber Availability Trace allows a user to find all possible paths that meet certain criteria. For example, a user could find all paths in the network that have 12 available fibers owned by a specific organization.
With the Fiber Trace, a user can select a single fiber within a cable and trace it to the ends of the connected path. This trace can also generate a report (see next page) identifying the elements within that path that can be used for system analysis or as a data integrity and validation tool.
Fiber Manager provides a reporting framework to analyze the underlying network data. Reports allow users to discover connectivity within splice enclosures, patch panels, and circuits. In addition, these reports can be used to find available capacity in the system.
The out-of-the-box reports include: