QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX:
EXF) announced today the addition of bidirectional testing capabilities
to its innovative intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) fiber characterization technology. The new, patent-pending
functionality simplifies the time-consuming task of performing
bidirectional measurements at multiple wavelengths and pulse widths,
presenting clear pass/fail results in a single link view. This latest
iOLM enhancement further speeds up the on-field testing and reporting
for frontline technicians, increasing the overall field operations
The OTDR-based iOLM software application uses an automated multipulse
acquisition approach and advanced algorithms to deliver detailed
information on every element on the link, providing maximum
intelligence and simplicity for expert-level link characterization.
Powered by Link-Aware™ technology, the EXFO proprietary iOLM
self-manages the setting of all test parameters, requiring virtually no
training for technicians of any skill level.
Thanks to EXFO's FastReporter 2 post-processing software, iOLM users can now obtain true splice-loss
values at multiple wavelengths, multiple pulse widths and in both
directions combined—all in an easy-to-read, icon-based linear view.
This removes the complexity of interpreting OTDR traces and matching
the data gathered from bidirectional tests, therefore saving valuable
post-processing time and providing much clearer reports.
FastReporter 2: the industry's most complete and flexible batch
The latest release of FastReporter 2 brings many enhancements and new
features, making it the ultimate data post-processing solution.
Furthermore, it can be taken to the field, as it is compatible with the
rugged, handheld FTB-1 platform, which offers various connectivity
options (USB, 3G, Wi-Fi, VPN and Bluetooth) that enable technicians and
contractors to send their reports as soon as the tests are done, and
close jobs faster. It allows users to customize reports according to
their customers' requirements, and supports the HTML, PDF and Excel
formats. Visit the EXFO Blog to watch demos of the software.
iOLM: the only solution on the market to identify and characterize 2xN
The FTB-730 PON iOLM model can identify a 2xN splitter and apply the
proper pass/fail thresholds. This allows technicians to characterize
2xN networks by performing a single-ended test from the ONT, rather
than the three separate acquisitions required when using a standard
"Since its launch in 2011, our intelligent Optical Link Mapper
technology has gained great market acceptance in all network
applications," said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO's Test and
Measurement Division. "Logically, our customers are requesting the same
efficiency and simplified work process for their bidirectional tests,
and this is what we are delivering today. Adding bidirectional testing
to our innovative iOLM makes it the most efficient fiber
characterization solution in the industry."
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for
wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in
the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative
solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance
of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge.
Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN,
FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for
more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff
of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000
customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.