CLS technology delivers unique offering to growing FTTx market
Billerica, MA., Cambridge, UK, Berlin, Germany – September 17, 2007 – Polatis Inc., a leading supplier of high performance optical switch technologies for the telecoms industry, today announced the launch of its Compact Latching Switch (CLS) technology at ECOC 2007, taking place from September 17th – 19th at the Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin.
The CLS is the world’s first high density, hitless, latching optical switch. It provides network operators with a highly reliable means for tapping and monitoring large fibre networks, without introducing any significant optical impairment. Once configured, the CLS is capable of maintaining connected fibre paths in the presence of vibration and other environmental disturbances without any electrical power or management communications.
“Optical-layer switching will continue to play a wider role in future telecom networks,” said Dr. Aaron Bent, VP Sales and Marketing at Polatis. “The CLS is a key component in a network strategy for reducing operational costs, dramatically improving Mean-Time-to-Repair and overall quality of service delivery. This product allows for fibres to be remotely monitored, switched and restored with minimal power, and with zero service disruption in the event of power failures.”
The CLS provides hitless access into as many as 80 traffic fibres, enabling up to 8 simultaneous monitoring ports, for up or down-stream inspection. Operators can access the fibre network with analyzers, tapping a portion of the power, or fully switching a given link. This increases carrier network availability by automating critical monitoring and switching functions in undersea, wireless, FTTx, Metro and Long-Haul networks. The CLS can also be used to restore a fibre path in the event of a failure.
At ECOC 2007, Polatis will demonstrate its 80x80x4 configuration, a switch ideal for advanced network monitoring, network fault location, deep packet inspection, or any application where a large number of fibers must be accessed in a remote and automated fashion. This configuration will permit up to 4 access points into an 80 traffic fiber network.
Polatis will also be demonstrating its Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS), an ultra low-loss switching technology, aimed at reducing network cost and enabling new architectures in next generation DWDM networks.
To see live product demonstrations of these new technologies, and other Polatis products, visit the Polatis booth (#15017), at ECOC, Berlin, 2007, Monday September 17 through Wednesday September 19.
Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. The Polatis patented DirectLight® optical beam-steering technology is at the core of its family of highly reliable and compact photonic switching solutions. Polatis delivers a broad range of optical switching products with class-leading performance to customers in the communications, video, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company has headquarters located near Boston, Massachusetts and in Cambridge, UK. Polatis Inc. is supported through investments by 3i Group, Alta Berkeley, DFJ Esprit, EonTech Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Boston Millennia Partners, Harris and Harris Group, MTDC, and Gainesborough Investments.