MUNICH, GERMANY — ADVA Optical Networking launched a new advanced link monitoring solution that will dramatically alter how operators monitor their fiber networks. Called the ADVA ALM, the new technology is the smallest and most cost-efficient fiber assurance product available on the market. Its core purpose is to proactively monitor fiber plants and help operators to resolve any issues before they impact services. With the ADVA ALM, operators are able to pinpoint faults and eliminate any wasted repair efforts.

“We’re continuously listening to our customers, understanding their pain points and developing technology that solves them. This is the whole reason behind our ALM,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, COO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Our fiber assurance solution was designed to address a specific need — real-time monitoring of fiber networks at a size and cost that is realistic for wide-spread deployment. This is something that no one else in the industry has achieved. The impact on operating costs will be enormous. Just imagine how much time and effort can be saved by accurately locating faults. For the first time, operators will be able to fully maximize their fiber infrastructure.”

Plug-and-play Fiber Assurance Device
The ADVA ALM was specifically engineered to be a simple plug-and-play fiber assurance device. It provides continuous in-service monitoring, enabling operators to know immediately if and where issues arise. This real-time data is key to supervising and assuring dark fiber services, especially when selling higher value service level agreements. Another key feature of the ADVA ALM’s engineering is its passive demarcation. It can be configured to passively monitor access services. By eliminating active demarcation, operators can further reduce operating costs and deploy the ADVA ALM in even the most extreme environmental conditions. Unlike other test equipment, the ADVA ALM is built on standardized, open management interfaces that ease integration into operational support systems. The product is also integrated with leading geographic information systems.

“Our ALM is a small device that has the potential to make a huge impact. We’ve worked closely with operators to develop a technology that is at once necessary, compelling and unique,” commented Stephan Rettenberger, VP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA Optical Networking. “What sets our ALM apart is its size and its cost. For the first time in our industry, effective real-time monitoring of access and metro networks is now affordable to every operator. Until now, such technology was either too costly, too large or too impractical. With our ALM, operators can have full knowledge of their fiber network. Even the slightest change is noticed. Nothing escapes its attention.”