Physical Layer Network Management Tools Based on Automated Fiber Optic Patch-Panels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,844.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85524
Award Id:
94710
Agency Tracking Number:
91440
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2118 Wilshire Blvd., #1001, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828611066
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Kewitsch
Dr.
(310) 694-8218
kewitsch@telescent.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Kewitsch
Dr.
(310) 694-8218
kewitsch@telescent.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The ability to automate network reconfiguration and testing would have profound economic benefits. The cost to operate today¿s networks exceeds 60% of the carriers¿ revenue and the staffing cost to manage data centers exceeds $200 billion per year. These expenses include the management and administration of millions of fiber connections in central offices, points-of-presence, and data centers. This project will develop physical network reconfiguration tools incorporating an all-fiber automated patch-panel system. The solution will be scalable, modular to >5,000 ports, and low cost, and will exhibit nearly zero insertion loss. Fiber interconnections will be arbitrarily reconfigured in a completely non-blocking fashion using compact robotics. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee The highly manual nature of current network management approaches demands a fleet of some 100,000 service vehicles in the U.S. alone and reduces the profitability, reliability, and agility of high bandwidth communications services. The fiber optic patch-panel system would enable a new class of network management tools to be realized for remote access and sharing of physical network assets across a distributed network.

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