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FibreGUARD Protection System

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Lanode announce the release and availability of the


Fibre Optic Network Protection

Lanode expand their extensive range of Industrial Ethernet solutions.

London – 9th May 2011 – Lanode, a specialist provider of networking, transmission and data communication solutions is pleased to announce an addition to its range of Industrial Ethernet network solutions with the release and immediate availability of the MICROSENS FibreGUARD System which increases the entire availability of critical fibre optic infrastructures and protects the network integrity from loss through blackouts or system failures.

FibreGUARD supports companies in assuring the availability of the fibre optic infrastructures used and their associated mission critical systems cost effectively. Through optical bypasses, the switch increases the tolerance of fibre optic networks regarding both single and multi point failures and limits the effects of a brownout or complete system outage. The FibreGUARD system is hooked up between the fibre optic switch and the fibre optic link. If, for example, a failure at one network junction should occur, then FibreGUARD will bypass the active network components and optically maintain the communication beyond the non-operational junction. FibreGUARD is suitable for implementation in both ring and bus topologies. It maintains the operation of a ring topology even when more than one networking node is failing – such as during a regional blackout. On the other hand, bus topologies can benefit as well from the application of FibreGUARD as with the failure of a network node, communication with the network station behind is maintained.

In developing FibreGUARD, particular focus was placed upon reducing any possible sources of error, thus the use of firmware as well as complex semiconductor technology was intentionally avoided. Its robust design makes it suitable for the harshest of environments. Typical areas of application are, for example, remote locations or locations requiring long journeys. Application scenarios include everything from wind energy plants or pipeline monitoring to traffic management and automated technologies. Implementing FibreGUARD actively assists system operators in reducing maintenance costs and optimising their maintenance processes as it's now possible to service several systems at once without risking a total collapse of communications within the fibre optic ring.


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