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EXFO Adds Bidirectional Testing To Its Innovative IOLM Fiber Characterization Technology

This patent-pending testing functionality simplifies the complex, time-consuming bidirectional measurements required for a true splice-loss assessment.

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today the addition of bidirectional testing capabilities to its innovative intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) fiber characterization technology. The new, patent-pending functionality simplifies the time-consuming task of performing bidirectional measurements at multiple wavelengths and pulse widths, presenting clear pass/fail results in a single link view. This latest iOLM enhancement further speeds up the on-field testing and reporting for frontline technicians, increasing the overall field operations efficiency.

The OTDR-based iOLM software application uses an automated multipulse acquisition approach and advanced algorithms to deliver detailed information on every element on the link, providing maximum intelligence and simplicity for expert-level link characterization. Powered by Link-Aware™ technology, the EXFO proprietary iOLM self-manages the setting of all test parameters, requiring virtually no training for technicians of any skill level.

Thanks to EXFO's FastReporter 2 post-processing software, iOLM users can now obtain true splice-loss values at multiple wavelengths, multiple pulse widths and in both directions combined—all in an easy-to-read, icon-based linear view. This removes the complexity of interpreting OTDR traces and matching the data gathered from bidirectional tests, therefore saving valuable post-processing time and providing much clearer reports.

FastReporter 2: the industry's most complete and flexible batch post-processing software The latest release of FastReporter 2 brings many enhancements and new features, making it the ultimate data post-processing solution. Furthermore, it can be taken to the field, as it is compatible with the rugged, handheld FTB-1 platform, which offers various connectivity options (USB, 3G, Wi-Fi, VPN and Bluetooth) that enable technicians and contractors to send their reports as soon as the tests are done, and close jobs faster. It allows users to customize reports according to their customers' requirements, and supports the HTML, PDF and Excel formats.  Visit the EXFO Blog to watch demos of the software.

iOLM: the only solution on the market to identify and characterize 2xN splitters The FTB-730 PON iOLM model can identify a 2xN splitter and apply the proper pass/fail thresholds. This allows technicians to characterize 2xN networks by performing a single-ended test from the ONT, rather than the three separate acquisitions required when using a standard OTDR.

"Since its launch in 2011, our intelligent Optical Link Mapper technology has gained great market acceptance in all network applications," said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO's Test and Measurement Division. "Logically, our customers are requesting the same efficiency and simplified work process for their bidirectional tests, and this is what we are delivering today. Adding bidirectional testing to our innovative iOLM makes it the most efficient fiber characterization solution in the industry."

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