Friday, August 29, 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Understanding OTDR Trace Analysis

September 2014 Webinar:

Understanding OTDR Trace Analysis

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 2:00 PM EDT

Understanding OTDR Trace Analysis

Understanding OTDR Trace Analysis

Join us on Wednesday, September 3rd at 2:00pm EDT for our continuing education webinar on understanding OTDR trace analysis. 

The wonderful thing about OTDRs is they show distance to an optical event. In conjunction with well-organized and updated documentation, you can reduce truck rolls by getting as close to the problem as possible. But how do those traces tell us that? In this webinar, The Fiber School's Senior Instructor, Terry Power, will provide you with essential information for understanding OTDR trace analysis. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emergency Restoration Webinar

Emergency Restoration Webinar

Be Prepared! 

Professional fiber optic engineering and installation will ensure that you have a successful network, but there is nothing you can do when a construction company comes and slices through your fiber, or when Mother Nature throws you a curve-ball, or in the event of a natural disaster — You should always be prepared and have a plan of action in the event of a network outage.

In this video, the Fiber School’s Senior Instructor, Terry Power, will provide you with essential information for effective planning. Topics include identifying the cause of the failure, necessary restoration tools and accurate record keeping and documentation.


Don’t worry if you missed August’s webinar, the video is now available to stream on-demand. Click the image below or go to:

Emergency Restoration – August 7, 2014 

Emergency Restoration Webinar

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Emergency Response Kit 

Thursday, November 7, 2013 on Fiber Optics and Railway Safety believes Fiber optics are making railways safer by helping protect commuter and freight trains from accidents.  The specific method which helps transportation organizations accomplish this is when railways install fiber-optic sensors to help protect commuter and freight trains from accidents.  A press release this past September from The Optical Society explains that within just a few years these systems have taken over 10 million measurements in order to prove their effectiveness in detecting "excessive vibrations, mechanical defects or speed and temperature anomalies[1]."  These irregularities can sometimes lead to derailments or similar accidents, and the system is designed to alert train operators to these issues before an anomaly develops into something dangerous.  The sensors are either set into mechanical compartments of the train, or installed on the tracks.
            Hwa-ywa Tang of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University explained that within the seven year trial period, the fiber system detected at least 30 irregular vibrations and potentially prevented several train wrecks.  Because of the fiber-optic sensor system, the rail company is able to save roughly $250,000 each year in railway maintenance.  Tam went on to discuss how this system less than a third of other available systems, as those "typically require data to be integrated from a half dozen different types of monitoring systems.[2]
            Chris LaBonge, President of explains, "The introduction of fiber optics into this application or system has several other advantages.  Since the system facilitates optical detection and communication, the system has no issues with electromagnetic interference such as from power lines, which frequently run parallel to rail lines."  LaBonge goes further to explain how's field services parter company Adtell Integration has worked with organization like the Metropolitan Transit Authority or MTA  based in New York City on the installation and fiber characterization testing of fiber optic lines which parrellel most of their system.  He feels there may be potential for fiber optics within their opperations outside general networking or telecommunications applications which are currently deployed.  He sites one example as the use of passive fiber Bragg grating sensors to observe the state of a train route. 
            High-tech precautions such as this are vital to many international passengers as  the cars are capable of traveling over 300km per hour.  It's our understanding, this system is being set up in every commuter train route in Hong Kong, and in the near future Australia will begin setting up their own systems.

[1] The Optical Society, The Optical Society, printed 9.30.13, accessed 10.30.13,

[2] Ibid​.

Friday, May 31, 2013

What is fiber Characterization?

What is fiber characterization?
"Fiber characterization" is performing a comprehensive suite of tests that determine all of the key performance attributes of installed fiber infrastructure. The G.650.3 standard, includes this definition of fiber characterization: "A comprehensive suite of measurements that is carried out on a fiber optic cable link to determine the key performance attributes of that link which may affect current or future applications that operate over that link. Fiber characterization also allows the quality of the fiber optic cable link to be assessed, including the identification of the type and grade of fiber installed." Full fiber characterization includes:
  • Connector end face inspection
  • Insertion loss measurements
  • Return loss measurements
  • OTDR testing
  • Chromatic dispersion testing
  • Polarization mode dispersion testing
  • Spectral attenuation testing

  • Results and analysis
    The results of the characterization need to be documented and an important and valuable part of the process is the analysis and interpretation of the results.
    This analysis should include an assessment of the infrastructure quality and its ability to support particular systems.
    Fiber Characterization Service Companies

  • Adtell Integration

  • More about fiber characterization

  • Why is fiber characterization necessary?
  • When is fiber characterization needed?
  • How is fiber characterization done?
  • Fiber characterization standards

  • Monday, December 10, 2012

    JDSU T-BERD 2000 is proud to offer the new T-BERD 2000 OTDR optimized for FTTH, and FTTA applications.  In many circumstances, the standard old style OTDRs designed for head-end testing are not the optimal choice for today's fiber optic management and maintenance functions.   Therefore, if you are an enterprise user of fiber optic test equipment we strongly recommend you consider the T-BERD 2000 OTDR or any of the smaller hand-held devices currently offered by's OTDR and sales professions.

    JDSU's highly customizable configurations and award wining performance make this unit one of the best available in the market.  Additionally, all OTDRs sold by come with a FREE 1-year license to FiberBase (Network Mapping & Asset Management Software which is a $6,000 value...).  Therefore, if you are interested in OTDRs or Network Management software please contact one of's professional sales personnel today.

    To speak directly with our OTDR product manager call Joe Cairone at 610-973-6005 or email today!

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Custom Cable Assemblies and our team of expert technicians are able to offer custom cable configurations to our customers. In many circumstances, standard fiber optic cable assemblies are just not compatible with your application. As the customer, all you have to do is
    specify the cable and the connectors you need. Virtually any specific configuration can be turned into a reality.

    Custom cable configurations feature the highest quality Corning fiber built directly to your specifications. Additionally, all assemblies meet EIA/TIA standards and come with a one year warranty. Because these assemblies are completed on site, we are able to offer fast turnaround time and no minimum order quantity.

    To learn more about how you can benefit from these custom products call 610-973-6005 or email today!

    Friday, January 20, 2012 Offers a Triple Threat in the World of Fiber Testing

    Starting with the FTB-1-730, technicians have a tool with maximum connectivity. The FTB-1-730 is designed for users to test, process and report all while in the field. Portable, compatible and reliable, the FTB-1-730 starts out as the perfect tool for any fiber technician.

    Adding the new iOLM software, the FTB-1-730 becomes an even more powerful testing tool. This software is designed to make any level technician an expert. The iOLM automatically performs link recognition, sets test parameters and launches multiple acquisitions and analyses at multiple
    wavelengths. This reduces the number of technicians needed for a given project and reduces the amount of training needed by the technician.

    Finally, utilizing TraceVault, users will have a convenient place to upload, store and share all the traces they test using the FTB-1-730. TraceVault is customizable to meet the needs of specific users and maintain control over the security of files. Because TraceVault is sold solely through it can be offered at a discount to customers who purchase products like the
    FTB-1-730 and the iOLM software.

    Paired together, the FTB-1-730, the iOLM software and TraceVault serve as a triple threat and can make any technician the most successful fiber tester in the business.

    Email today for more information!