As fiber networks grow, maintaining a track record of cable splices becomes more and more challenging. Without an effective way to organize splicing information, network developers and field technicians are left in the dark when it comes to making changes or updates to existing cables.
Recently, IQGeo updated its Splice Pro tool, which is part of the OSPInsight product Visualization Tools Add-On, which helps network managers understand what is happening at cable splice points. Clients see significant value in being able to design and record splices with an easy-to-use graphical interface that integrates well with other OSPInsight tools and resources.
What is the Splice Pro tool?
Splice Pro provides a visual representation of cable connectivity at a given location. The screenshot below provides an example of what a network manager might see when working with the tool.
In this image, there are four unique cables coming together at this particular splice point. The larger rectangles represent the buffer tubes that organize individual fiber strands which are identified by different colors. Between some fibers are splice lines that help network managers see which fibers are currently fused together. To form a new connection, users simply have to click on an open fiber strand and drag to another open fiber strand in the interface.
Previously, OSPInsight users were only able to use the Splice Key Editor (see below) to design or document cable splices. However, the information was organized like a spreadsheet rather than as a graphical summary. Now, with the Splice Pro tool, network managers have a much clearer understanding what is happening within fiber cases that are spread throughout their networks.
How is Splice Pro used to support fiber network management?
Managing and growing a fiber network effectively requires a thorough understanding of the splice points throughout the entire network. Without real-time intel on how backbone and lateral cables exchange data, field technicians can’t efficiently divert light for new or existing clients.
Splice Pro can be used in conjunction with the Taper Report to help network developers understand where they have capacity in their network, down to the individual fiber strands. Additionally, the Splice Pro tool allows developers to test potential splices and see how they would impact the entire network in a simpler manner.
Managing cable splicing has never been so easy
Although OSPInsight’s Splice Key Editor provides similar functionality, the Splice Pro tool makes it much easier for clients to design splices, plan for new developments, and assess how any changes would impact the broader network.
If you are a current OSPInsight user, contact your Customer Success Manager (CSM) to learn more about the Visualization Tools Add-On and for pricing details. If you are investigating our OSPInsight product, speak with one of our Solutions Engineers by scheduling a product demo and asking about the Visualization Tools Add-On.