"Fiber optic network performance depends on clean fiber connections, and cleanliness will become paramount as the use of higher data rates and multiplexed wavelengths grows," comments Bill Thompson, marketing director at AFL's Noyes Test and Inspection Division. "Our new FOCIS solutions combine the power of laptop-based inspection systems with the simplicity, ruggedness and ergonomics of live-only fiber viewers."
Intended for use by network installers, maintenance and node activation personnel, the FOCIS platform enables users to view, capture, store, recall, review and share fiber endface images, and document that fiber connections are contamination free. AFL says the rugged, field-ready platform's patent-pending image pairing capability lets users document before/after, input/output, jumper/bulkhead and as-built/as-found fiber installation and maintenance scenarios. Kits are available for PC/UPC, APC and MPO/MTP fiber connector configurations.
The FOCIS kits consist of a custom-designed touchscreen tablet, a digital video fiber inspection probe and the AFL SimpleViewPlus inspection software. The FOCIS systems employ a user interface that mimics smartphones and personal navigation systems. Over 1,000 images may be stored and image files may be transferred to other devices via off-the-shelf USB memory sticks or SD cards. Tools are packed in a hard-side carry case that keeps all inspection and cleaning components at hand and ready for use.
"When combined with our One-Click cleaning products, the FOCIS inspection and analysis solutions enable users to achieve the contamination-free fiber connections they require," concludes AFL's Thompson.