ETA® Announces SAE International Begins Work on New Fiber Optic System Standard

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SAE International Begins Work on a Fiber Optic Network End-to-End Data Link Evaluation System Standard

SAE International’s AS-3 Fiber Optics and Applied Photonics Committee is developing a new optical performance monitoring system standard that is capable of detecting, localizing, and isolating impairments as well as assisting in failure prediction of the physical layer of a fiber optic network. This fiber optic Network End-to-End Data Link Evaluation System standard is also known as NEEDLES.

NEEDLES is non-intrusive and non-destructive; it provides a 24/7-condition status of the entire fiber optic network. In real-time it can detect and isolate faults. Because NEEDLES focuses on the physical layer, it can be applied to any fiber optic network including:

  •     Ethernet
  •     ATM
  •     RF over fiber
  •     Passive Optical Networks

o    FTTH
o    FTTB
o    FTTC
o    FTTN

NEEDLES is formally known as AIR6552. For more information about AIR6552 or participation in the development of NEEDLES please contact Bill Woodward, AS-3 chair at wwoodward(at)ursanav(dot)com.

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