Oscilloquartz and Arcadiz Telecom synchronize Belgium’s emergency services network

Created October 11, 2016
Applications and Research

Oscilloquartz, an Adva Optical Networking company, has announced that ASTRID has deployed the OSA 5411 in a new synchronization network built by Arcadiz Telecom. ASTRID, the operator of Belgium’s national emergency services communication network, chose to anchor its transport infrastructure with the OSA 5411 access device.

The OSA 5411 features rubidium-based timing and synchronization capabilities along with a unique holdover algorithm. The new synchronization solution has been seamlessly integrated with ASTRID’s existing optical transport network. It will ensure stringent requirements for timing accuracy are met across all regions of the country.

“Our network is a lifeline for Belgium’s emergency services. Ensuring its reliability and consistency couldn’t be more important. We know how vital synchronization is for consistent high performance. That’s why we’ve chosen to work with partners we can depend on to meet the very highest standards,” said Jurgen Poels, head, radio networks systems and transport, ASTRID.

“Oscilloquartz and Arcadiz Telecom have created a solution that fully integrates with our current network management system. What’s more, the installation was carried out without any disruption to services, and both teams have provided exemplary support at every stage of the process.”

Built on OSA 5411 synchronization distribution and assurance technology, ASTRID’s new end-to-end timing solution will ensure the delivery of precise frequency, phase and time-of-day information across all 10 provinces in Belgium. The OSA 5411, the newest member of the OSA 5410 series, is the first access network device in the industry to provide rubidium-based timing and synchronization capabilities along with an advanced holdover algorithm.

This provides much longer frequency and phase holdover in the event of GNSS outages. The synchronization solution also configures easily with ASTRID’s existing transport infrastructure, which is built on the Adva FSP 3000.

“Our OSA 5411 will ensure that ASTRID’s network performs consistently at the highest level. It provides incredibly precise synchronization delivery and assurance, and a frequency standard that won’t change over time. In moments of emergency, that guarantee of accuracy and reliability makes a crucial difference,” commented Jörg Urban, director, business development, Oscilloquartz.

“Our OSA 5411 includes dual field replaceable power supplies that ensure continuous operation and protect services against unexpected outages. It’s also engineered to be flexible and robust, helping ASTRID’s network succeed in its vital role of safeguarding and protecting the Belgian population.”

Marc Vandeputte, director, solutions and technologies, Arcadiz Telecom, said, “ASTRID has seen the number of emergency and security services using its network growing every year. Currently it connects over 70,000 devices. With the stability and reliability of our synchronization solution, its communication infrastructure can continue to expand and also evolve to embrace next-generation mobile technology.”

Link: http://www.arcadiz.com/en/news/arcadiz-and-oscilloquartz-synchronize-belgium-s-emergency-services-network/

By Matthew Peach

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Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.