tracking fiber assets


Ordinarily, I might suggest a straightforward
software-based cable management system. However,
since your list of concerns also includes active
elements and their wavelength and probably sub-
lambda derivatives, you'll probably want something
that's rule-based with a bit more smarts.

Give a look at the "One Plan" system from
VPIsystems Inc (Holmdel, NJ). It was written
up recently in Lightwave Magazine:

One Plan has a photonic-layer inventory and
configuration module that will very likely
satisfy your needs at the cable, strand and
multimplexed levels, and then some. Whether
or not it is available as a standalone module,
however, I can't rightly say. Good Luck.

Frank A. Coluccio
DTI Consulting Inc.
New York City