NTest Develops Remote Fiber Monitoring Application for Power and Utility Companies

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NTest, the leader in Remote Fiber Test Systems (RFTS), is today releasing a white paper titled "Fiber Monitoring for Utility and Power Companies.” The paper highlights the value that remote fiber test can provide for utility companies and the additional revenue that is attainable using this innovative technology.

NTest, the leader in Remote Fiber Test Systems (RFTS), is today releasing a white paper titled "Fiber Monitoring for Utility and Power Companies.” The paper highlights the value that remote fiber test can provide for utility companies and the additional revenue that is attainable using this innovative technology.

Electricity is a unique commodity in that production and consumption must be matched instantaneously due to the fact that electricity is difficult to store. Power companies have adapted through the use of distributed command and control centers interconnected with highly reliable fiber optic network to constantly match supply and demand. The installation of fiber is simple and inexpensive for these companies due to their extensive Right of Way footprints and many have begun to lease excess dark fibers to other enterprises.

Early adopters of these fiber services have found it difficult to meet the competitive service level agreement (SLA) requirements using the traditional reactive approach to finding and fixing fiber breaks. RFTS is able to reduce the mean time to repair (MTTR) by over 70% in these operators networks. Field technicians are able to automatically receive a SMS with the GPS coordinates of the exact location of a break for immediate repair. Many operators are not able to match customer demand when a fiber is down. It is well known that a nuclear reactor must be shut down when a fiber is broken which costs the operators millions in lost revenue. “We have customers that have been able to get a return on their RFTS investment with a single fiber break in their network” stated Chris Dorny, VP of Marketing and sales at NTest. “Our customers are constantly telling us that FiberWatch is their most used tool in managing their fiber network.”

The NTest White Paper "Fiber Monitoring for Utility and Power Companies" is available free of charge at http://www.ntestinc.com/documents.html. The FiberWatch™ family of products is on display at the OSP EXPO in Dallas at booth 342 from October 9-10, 2013.

About NTest
NTest is the leading provider of optical communications test and measurement solutions for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, utility, and power companies in more than 45 countries. The FiberWatch™ product line utilizes an industry leading 4th generation fiber monitoring engine technology to quickly locate fiber failures, detect network intrusions as well as predict fibers that are degrading and likely to fail. In the event of a cable issue, the fiber monitoring system is able to detect the physical problem, diagnose the problem, and then correlate this information with the Geographical Information System (GIS) documentation system to isolate the fault and notify network operators. More information is available at http://www.ntestinc.com/.

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