Verizon eyes automated fiber patch panels

Verizon Business is sizing up new technologies that allow automated remote configuration of fiber patch panels, traditionally a tedious manual duty. If you're thinking it is probably the last manual connection process in today's highly-automated networks, you're right. Glenn Wellbrock, director of backbone and network technologies at Verizon Business, admits as much in a Telephony story. Verizon is looking at three different possible solutions, including a micro-electric mechanical system using small tilting mirrors; a robotic arm; and a free-space piezoelectric optical switch.

For more:
- see this story at Telephony

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- Verizon business this week certified new Ethernet access gear Article 

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