The New Standard in Fiber Monitoring Measurement
Based on EXFO’s Most Recent OTDRs
The NQMSfiber RTUs support EXFO’s FTB-7000 OTDR series D and E modules, which provide high-resolution and accurate loss measurements in short and long fiber environments respectively. All RTUs have one-meter resolution scans for resolving closely-spaced events such as connectors or mechanical splices in an access site.
Get the most out of your system, thanks to EXFO’s innovative RFTS function called Learning, which automatically establishes and optimizes fault-detection thresholds across full dynamic range. By setting a default set of target thresholds and learning schedule, long optimization hours will be history.
Peak-Level Monitoring Function
Insert a stable or reproducible reflecting element and use it as a demarcation point. The reference level of this point can then be monitored at a much faster rate than the fiber backscatter level. This function also provides a wider monitoring range than a standard Rayleigh backscattering signal—perfect for ultra-long-haul networks where fiber ends may not be seen.
One Reference: That’s All You Need
The combined benefits of best-in-class OTDRs, learning function and peak-level monitoring provide powerful, fast and meaningful monitoring and proactive maintenance functions. Choose faster scans and let the system do the work for you—there is no need for additional reference traces or for long and complicated configuration sessions.
Whatever the Degradation, NQMSfiber Tracks It Down
A Do-It-All Solution
The NQMSfiber RTUs can automatically detect, locate and track degradations, no matter what or where they are. RTUs measure and report accurate information such as degradation type, value and location.
Be Proactive or Fast Reacting
In proactive mode, decide when and how often you wish to execute various tests. In case of degradation, no matter how small, the system will record the event and alert your staff as per set rules and conditions.
In reactive mode, you can keep using your usual routines and turn to the NQMSfiber system when a loss-of-signal alarm is detected in order to execute a test-on-demand to verify the affected link optical status. This function is available in a 100 % multitasking environment; your request will be queued, should another technician is already using the system.
Customize Alarms and Ease System Integration
The NQMSfiber alarms are defined by the system administrator. Any status change of a fiber, test or system parameter can be used to create an alarm condition. So whether you want to capture proactive maintenance events without creating an alarm or to listen to particular alarms from your corporate alarm management system, the NQMSfiber can do it.
Reliable, Fail-Safe and Secure Solution
MEMs Optical Switches—Extended Lifetime
EXFO integrates network-grade micro-electromechanical (MEM) optical switches at the same price as traditional optomechanical switches, which usually last 10 to 100 million cycles in stable laboratory environments. Now available in the NQMSfiber, this new MEM optical switch extends the system’s switching lifetime to 1 billion cycles, in actual field conditions.
Your Data Are Always Safe
With two hard disk drives in RAID configuration, the NQMSfiber system never misses a fault condition. Various fail-safe and redundancy functions are available to deal with loss of site power, with of a disk or power supply failure, or poor communication-link between the server and the RTUs.
Second Server for 100% Availability
In addition to its standard, primary server, EXFO offers a stand-by solution, based on the Oracle® DataGuard™ software. This affordable solution provides no data loss and allows fast restoration should the primary server unit fail, without requiring any important changes to your private network configuration.
Basic RTU Control Through SMS Messaging
If operating in stand-alone mode or should the main communication link between the server and the RTU go down, keep control of your unit with wireless and SMS messaging. This function will allow you to keep receiving alerts or sending test-on-demand requests. Security measures can be defined to filter unwanted requests.
Upon a new connection, the NQMSfiber and its subsystems are self-registered to an element management system (EMS), configuring all the data entry in seconds. Once a new fiber connection is detected, the RTU system automatically creates an optical route with a clear and easy-to-use auto-naming convention. Then, the 24/7 surveillance can start without any additional user intervention. This one-click procedure can easily be performed by beginners.
Regional segmentation of the RTUs, test ports and related alarms enables technicians to see and act only on alarms that are issued from the area they are assigned to, while managers can view multiple regions at once. This feature can also be used to generate a comprehensive schematic view of the network and its status.
The NQMSfiber allows you to assign customers to one or multiple routes and obtain comprehensive reporting of events that occurred in the past weeks or months. By generating a list of fault history by customer, the system pinpoints when and what happened for true SLA management. You can also set a higher priority alert or program alarm escalation in case an event affects a specific customer.
Topology View Status Monitoring
The system lets you place main sites onto any background and connect them to create a regional network topology, from very simple to more complex topologies, similar to the ones on all your systems. Should an alarm occur on an optical route, it turns from green to yellow, orange or red according to the severity of the situation. Link to fault details are immediate and the RTUs and fiber routes alarm summary for this particular region are aggregated into easy-to-read tables, enabling fast correlation with other events in the network.
Allowing for secure and mobile access, the NQMSfiber EMS software is the only fully web-based RFTS solution on the market. The real-time alarm management and status monitoring functions are supported using applets, which are fully integrated in web-browser tools such as Internet Explorer™ and Firefox™. Standard licensing provides simultaneous access to 20 users, whether they are connecting through the LAN or virtually from anywhere outside the corporate network.
EMS Main Functions — EMS WEB GUI (version 5.6)
- Report availability and MTTR trend with per-user defined dashboard tool (version 5.6)
- Access to alarm management and test function through mobile/SmartPhone access (version 5.6)
- Connect user authentication to your LDAP infrastructure (version 5.5)
- Access network inventory, maps and faults from a Web client (available with OSPInSight integration only) (version 5.5)
- Configure and view network status in a topology format
- Configure, program and run alarm reports
- Request a test-on-demand and view results
- Configure monitoring and proactive maintenance tests (including detection thresholds)
- Configure, manage, view and act upon alarms
- Create and manage work orders (trouble-ticket)
- Manage database
- Change user profiles and access rights
- View and print fault trace with details
- Display linear view of the OSP physical link with fault distance from nearest site (available with OSPInSight integration only)