Source: ShinewayTech     Date: 2020-03-24     Read: 3,128

FiberWatcher Intelligent Optical Cable Network Monitoring and Management System


1.Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

We are pleased to present a unique solution called FiberWatcher. Our solution, FiberWatcher, is deployed at operators and service providers, helping them to identify fiber optical areas for improvement. FiberWatcher has had a positive impact to the bottom line of each of our customer’s internal processes and revenue. Using FiberWatcher our customers can:

Assure network quality

Test new services

Quickly identify and fix faults

Foresee fiber degradation

In addition to this proposal, ShinewayTech will be presenting further details of our solution and explore how we can be of assistance in SHINEWAYTECH.


1.2  Solution Summary

1.2.1       Advantages of the FiberWatcher Solution

To summarize, the proposed solution from ShinewayTech offers the following advantages:

Expand the system to accommodate in-service monitoring system.

Modular and hot-swap hardware design to reduce the maintenance cost.

Up to 128 optical ports on the RTU, and up to 384 optical ports with an external OTAU.

Easy web interface access.


        FiberWatcher Remote Fiber Test System is an intelligent system developed to meet the requirements of maintaining and managing a optical fiber network. It is powerful in function, convenient to operate, strong in expandability and easy to install and maintain.

        Besides performing 24-hour monitoring over the optical fiber network to get detail optical fiber information and locate faults, FiberWatcher provides varieties of testing modes for active or dark fiber and on-demand or scheduled test.

        In addition to the varieties of testing and analyzing functions, Geographic Information System (GIS) interface, and optical fiber testing and alarm locating, FiberWatcher is also able to provide management and statistical analysis of resources in the optical fiber network by combining the powerful functions of Oracle database. Therefore, it can help senior managers comprehensively master the status of the optical fiber network and intelligently make relevant decisions.

        With the design of embedded operation system and compact module, FiberWatcher is highly stable and convenient to expand and maintain. FiberWatcher offer a complete, stable, and powerful fiber testing system to shorten the optical fiber’s fault time and improve the QoS.


1.2.2       Test System Controller (TSC) 

     TSC is the data collection and analysis center of FiberWatcher, and is also the management center of the whole monitoring system. The TSC central monitoring station can manage and test all Remote Test Units (RTU). In order to facilitate the operations of maintenance, TSC also provides remote access and onsite monitoring platforms. Each TSC can monitor the optical fiber status and is also able to designate testing and statistics. The operator can adjust the system settings according to specific requirements.


1.2.3       Remote Test Unit (RTU)


Remote Test Unit is a monitoring device integrating with hot-swap controller, optional redundant power module, OTDR, optical switch, WDM/filter, optical power meter, and powerful system software.

RTU can be flexibly configured with different hardware modules to meet various monitoring purposes. RTU can conduct 24-hour monitoring of optical fibers and record data for comparison of reference parameters. When a fault occurs, RTU will automatically analyze and feed back to TSC. Meanwhile staff can perform relevant testing and maintenance for the RTU through TSC.

The optical switch ports are connected to individual fibers for measurement. The OPM can measure the periodical optical power attenuation and foresee the degradation.


High stability – embedded operation system

Complete system functionalities – modular hardware for various test purpose

Monitor module status, version, serial number, and production date from TSC

Module working voltage detection

Send alarm message to TSC when module failure

Modular and hot-swap hardware design reduce mean time to repair

Redundant VDC input

Dry contact for alarm output

Real-time monitoring with optical power meter (OPM)

Audible alarm and alarm cut off (OPM)

Maximum 128 ports per chassis, expandable to 384 ports in external chassis

Upgrade RTU operation system, application software and backup data remotely


1.2.4       Optical Test Access Unit (OTAU)

The OTAU is second tier of RTU, and thru OTAR the user can switch the test fiber link remotely. OTAU integrates the master control unit, power module, optical switch, WDM/filter, and optical power meter.


1.2.5       Communication Network

     FiberWatcher uses TCP/IP as its main communication protocol.

      Remote Test Unit (RTU) has a RS-232 interface and the TELNET network interface of CIT (Craft Interface Terminal) control solution, facilitating the project staff check of the complete device status; RTU can connect with network management center via IP network; when data communication using TCP / IP protocol, to ensure the network devices’ communication. It supports concurrent TCP connections and supports multiple simultaneous alarms.



 1.2.6       System Platforms

GIS (Geographic Information System)

Database - Oracle 10g

Operation System

server: Windows 2003/2008

client: Windows XP


 1.2.7       System Features

Integrated with Geographic Information System (GIS) – faults locating on GUI

Various kinds of alarm – blinking fiber icon, e-mail, SMS, and audible voice

Friendly Web-based Graphic User Interface

Authorized administration area of RTU and fiber

Remote on-line and off-line fiber monitoring

Fiber degradations analysis

Optical light source and optical power meter perform 24-hour real-time fiber alarm monitoring

Manual and scheduled test

Alarm threshold setting

Powerful and efficient Oracle database

Open interface – SNMP and CORBA


1.2.8       System Functionalities

Graphic User Interface

•     Faults locating, resource, equipment and customer information management in GUI

•     Selectable Layer Maps



System Management

•        User Management

•        Log Management

•        User Area Management

●User’s properties edit, modify and query


Authority Management

•        Role Management

•        Role Authority Management

•        Menu Sorting

●Different accounts assigned to different role with different authorization



●Resource Management

•  Monitoring Center Management

•  Fiber Cable Management

•  Fiber Core Management

•  Site Management

•  RTU Management

•  Geomark Management

•  Equipment Management

•  RTU Management


●Manage fiber cable related properties, includes fiber ID, start/stop address project name, fiber cores, fiber type, fiber length …

●Manage monitoring center and site includes  monitoring center/site ID, monitoring center/site name, constructor, contact information, property edit and modify…

●Maintain RTU

●Manage equipment and connection




●Alarm Management

•        Line Alarm Management

•        Alarm Log

•        SMS Alarm Log

•        SMS Server Setting

•        Default Alarm Parameter

●Locate fault on GIS and view detail alarm/SMS alarm information




●Monitoring Management

•  Curve Management

Curve Information

Reference Trace

Threshold Setting





•  Optical Switch Connection

•  RTU Test

Scheduled Test

Manual Test

Optimization Parameter



•  Test Rote Management

Download Test Rote

Default Test Rote Parameter


ü Integrated GIS Map for OTDR Trace


1.2.9       Scenario of Fiber Monitoring

Dark Fiber Monitoring (Out-Of-Service)

●Require one spare fiber

●Test wavelength can be the same to that of traffic

●Easy, safe, and lower cost



Active Fiber Monitoring (On-Service)

●Test fiber that carries live traffic

●Test wavelength is different to that of traffic

●WDM and filter required, implementation cost is higher

●Influence the transmission system while constructing



1.2.10    Customer Base

More than 20 operators of wireline and wireless networks successfully use the ShinewayTech products.

1.2.11    Conclusion

ShinewayTech customers have realized a positive impact of investment in FiberWatcher related to their revenue, operations cost and customer satisfaction. Our solution is established in many leading service providers.  As SHINEWAYTECH continues to expand services with new markets and features, we are confident that you will realize the value of FiberWatcher and appreciate the impact it can have on improving your business.


2        Hardware Specification

Remote Test Unit (RTU) consists of the embedded Main control Unit (MCU), the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer Module (OTDR), the optical switch (OSW) and power unit (PWU) etc.


2.1      RTU(Remote Test Unit)


1)     Running situation:

Environment Temperature: +10+35;

Relative Humidity: 95% when 25

atmospheric pressure: 86 kpa106 kpa

Voltage: -48V DC±20%

2)     Power Supply

       Specified input voltage: -48V /DC

       Permitted voltage range: -36V/DC~-72V/ DC

       Power Consumption: Total consumption: <80W

3)     Earthing

Communication Station: Combine ground, grounding resistance 1Ω,

 intermediate stations: Grounding resistance 4Ω.

4)     Weight : 13Kg

 Size : 19” or 23” ; 19”x10.5”x11” (LxWxH)


2.2      OTDR

Wavelength (G.652 or G.655)

1310 ±25 nm

1550 ±25 nm

1625 ±25 nm

1310/1550 ±25nm

Distance Range

1/2.5/5/10/25/50/100/200/250/400 km

Pulse width

10 ns ±30%, 30 ns ±25%, 100 ns ±10%, 300 ns ±10%,
1μs ±10%, 3μs ±10%, 10μs ±10%, 20μs ±10%

Dynamic range (dB)





Dead zone(back scattered light)

≤20 m

Dead zone(Fresnel reflection)

≤5 m (Typ. 2m)

Sampling resolution

0.05 m to 80 m


1.400000 to 1.699999 (in 0.000001 steps)

Distance measurement accuracy

±1 m ±3 x Measurement distance x 10-5 ± Sampling resolution

Loss Measurement accuracy(linearity)

±0.05 dB/dB or ±0.1 dB (whichever is greater)

Return loss measurement accuracy

±4 Db

Laser safety specification

21CFR Class 1, IEC Pub60825-1 Class 1


SC or LC


2.3      OSW

Optical Switch Unit

This OSW control card contains a microprocessor to control the light switch. The unit communicates with CPU MODULE with the backplane bus, support hot swap and multiple modules can be connected.


Wavelength: 1.201.65um

Switch time: 25ms

Durability: 1 million times

Isolation: 60dB

        Return loss: 45dB

 Insert Loss: 0.5dB

Optical Connector type: LC/PC

Optical Ports.: from 4 to 64 according to the requirement


2.4     Power Unit (PWU)


        Power supply module is designed to improve the reliability and stability, using stable power supply, overload protection and short circuit protection technologies. System equipped with two power supply panel provides system redundancy backup. It can support hot-swappable so it is easy to replace the board when the system is running. When the board is inserted, pull or power failures, the main control board can be notified. In addition, in order to protect the system security, we specially design the circuit protection to avoid the accidental damage due to poor power supply.


Input voltage range: -36-72V

Working temperature: 0°C~50°C

Humidity: 85 %

Dimension: 23cm x 27mm x 20cm


2.5     Main Control Unit (MCU)


The control module is used to manage and monitor the boards of monitoring station and communicate with the monitoring center server. To report the monitoring station’s status to the monitoring center station, or operate the orders issued by monitoring center. The embedded control systems have the advantages of structures refining, low power consumption, small size, flexible communication, data storage stability and easy maintenance.



Internal Storage: 64M byte

Disk Storage: 64M byte

Processor Speed: 80MIPS

Working Humidity: 40°C/90%RH

Working Temperature: 0°C~50°C

Dimension: 23cmx 50mm x20cm

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