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Optical network installation and maintenance platform is adaptable

3 July 2002 Test & Measurement

Agilent Technologies' new modular network tester is a portable, lightweight, rugged optical network test platform that is expected to set new standards for profitability in the optical network installation and maintenance (I&M) market. According to the company, the platform was developed from feedback from I&M technicians worldwide, and great care was given to measurement test speed, ergonomic, and workflow considerations to help service providers save time and money.

"Our customers' major concern is their cash-to-cash cycle: as soon as they invest money and resources, the clock is ticking until their investments start producing revenues," said Bill Mortimer, Agilent's vice president and general manager of Communication Services Solutions. "The modular network tester's modular design provides a tailor-made solution for today's I&M market and is adaptable to meet tomorrow's needs."

Agilent's modular platform features snap-on measurement modules that quickly attach to ensure technicians are properly equipped to meet their measurement needs. It has been designed for compatibility with OTDR (optical time domain reflectometer), loss test, optical spectrum analysis and dispersion measurement modules. The modular approach eases technician training, since the user interface remains consistent for all measurements, connections and file management tasks. The user interface offers touch screen, user-definable soft-keys and Agilent's patented navigation key. A video microscope ensures quick inspection of optical connectors and provides laser eye safety.

Additional time-saving benefits include:

* The shortest possible test cycles for commissioning, acceptance tests and maintenance of optical infrastructures, including a 1 x 12 port optical switch for ribbon-fibre testing;

* Ergonomic design considerations including an ergo grip, pop-up optical connectors for easy fibre connection and secure transport, and a multipurpose soft case.

* Secure and rugged mass data storage, either on internal memory or on PCMCIA flash cards.

* Connections with USB and LAN ports, enabling data exchange, report generation and trace storage.

* Built-in data processing applications.

* Context-sensitive online help, as well as online and printed training packages.



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