Precision OT launches machine learning-powered SDN application for optical network analytics

Created October 19, 2018
Technologies and Products

Optical transceiver and component vendor Precision OT, has launched Lightseer, a machine learning-powered software-defined networking (SDN) application designed to monitor and analyse the physical layer of an optical software-defined network. The company claims the new product is the first software of its kind that can provide network administrators with real-time data all the way down to transceivers and individual optical links.

“At Precision OT, we believe software-defined networks and white box technologies will aid in the operability of 5G networks, metro ethernet, hybrid fibre-coax networks and more,” says Todd Davis, CEO of Precision OT. “By covering all aspects of real-time optical monitoring and being compatible with a wide variety of white box networking equipment, Lightseer meets the demand to ease logistical complexity and improve network intelligence. As today’s telecom companies prepare their software-defined networks for IoT and AI applications, we’re filling the gap for custom solutions that can improve the intelligence and agility of optical networks.”

Key features of Precision OT’s proprietary application include real-time optical monitoring showing the state and integrity of the complete optical network; wavelength density monitoring for CWDM/DWDM networks; compatibility with a large variety of white box networking equipment and off-the-shelf SDN controllers; integration with legacy networking equipment; live management and configuration of optics deployed in the software-defined network (inventory, tuning, etc.)  and machine learning for predictive analytics to forecast optical failures and anomalies before they cause network downtime.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.