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Bidirectional testing for fibre characterisation

17 April 2013 News Test & Measurement

EXFO announced the addition of bidirectional testing capabilities to its innovative intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) fibre characterisation technology.

The new, patent-pending functionality simplifies the time-consuming task of performing bidirectional measurements at multiple wavelengths and pulse widths, presenting clear pass/fail results in a single link view. This latest iOLM enhancement further speeds up in-field testing and reporting for frontline technicians, increasing overall field operations efficiency.

The OTDR-based iOLM software application uses an automated multi-pulse acquisition approach and advanced algorithms to deliver detailed information on every element on the link. Powered by Link-Aware technology, the EXFO proprietary iOLM self-manages the setting of all test parameters, requiring virtually no training for technicians of any skill level.

With EXFO’s FastReporter 2 post-processing software, iOLM users can now obtain true splice-loss values at multiple wavelengths, multiple pulse widths and in both directions combined – all in an easy-to-read, icon-based linear view. This removes the complexity of interpreting OTDR traces and matching the data gathered from bidirectional tests, saving post-processing time and providing much clearer reports.

FastReporter 2 brings many enhancements and new features, and can be taken into the field, as it is compatible with the rugged, handheld FTB-1 platform, which offers various connectivity options (USB, 3G, Wi-Fi, VPN and Bluetooth) that enable technicians and contractors to send their reports as soon as the tests are done and close jobs faster. It allows users to customise reports according to their customers’ requirements, and supports the HTML, PDF and Excel formats.

The FTB-730 PON iOLM model can identify a 2xN splitter and apply the proper pass/fail thresholds. This allows technicians to characterise 2xN networks by performing a single-ended test from the ONT, rather than the three separate acquisitions required when using a standard OTDR.

For more information contact Chris Nel, Lambda Test Equipment, +27 (0)12 349 1341, chris@lambdatest.co.za, www.lambdatest.co.za



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