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Leveraging Technology: A Look Inside Use of Fiber for High School Band

Howard High School’s unusual music program is one example of how fiber optic technology is being leveraged to foster creativity in learning at schools and colleges.

High school marching band adds guitars and keyboards.

Annapolis Junction, Maryland – Howard High School’s music department started the school year with an unusual marching band program that combines brass and drums with guitars and keyboards, thanks to fiber optic connectivity by FiberPlex Technologies.

“We’re reinvigorating the traditional scholastic music program and mixing in contemporary music with the marching band,” explained Christopher Campbell, Band Director for Howard High School, Ellicott City, Maryland, which added to its band program a complete synth ensemble – all able to chime in live and amplified alongside band instrumentation during halftimes on the football field due to FiberPlex LightViper optical technology. “Imagine a rock band on the 50-yard line with a marching band moving and playing around it,” he added.

During a recent game documented in this video, Howard High School incorporated popular music tunes “Where Have you Been” by Rihanna and “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters with the formation of an all-electronic front ensemble. “Because of the kind of music that we’re doing, it gave us strong opportunity for a lot of creative input and thought from the kids,” said Daniel Roberts, Front Ensemble Director for Howard High School. “The kids learned a lot more … they actually became involved in the creative process of that music that we were performing,” he said.

It all started last year when the high school set out to combine traditional with contemporary music in order to engage more students in the school’s music program. The two music directors knew they could add a couple of contemporary keyboards off to the sidelines of the school’s football field in the band pit, and maybe a guitar or two, but the problem was what to do about amplification. Any guitar or keyboard that could be heard over the brass of a full marching band required an amplifier, which, of course, meant some sort of audio snake between the instrument set and the amplifiers to get the sound across.

Wireless communications was out; too much interference. Copper cable was also out due to problems with bulk and signal degradation.

The two were at a loss until a parent suggested an alternative: fiber optic cable. Parent Buddy Oliver, whose son Bo is very active in Howard High School’s Music Department, and who is an accomplished musician himself, is the CEO of optical equipment manufacturer FiberPlex in nearby Annapolis Junction. He explained to Campbell and Roberts that fiber optic cable can transport music error-free and transparently over greater distances, by a 400:1 ratio compared to copper. One fiber cable weighing less than eight pounds can transmit the same data as two, 40-pair copper cables weighing 700 pounds. Also of interest to the school administrators is optical fiber’s environmental profile. Fiber strands are made from sand, a sustainable resource, unlike copper, which is a limited resource that is expensive to mine.

“Being in the optical transport business I see it as an obvious choice for applications like this, certainly. But speaking as a musician and parent, this is a great way for students to experience music differently and maybe get involved in music where they might not have otherwise. It demonstrates to the students that all that science and math they are taking can be leveraged to create high end technology with real practical (and cool) applications,” stated Oliver, who helped configure the school’s sound system. The system includes a LightViper™ optical snake system that collects all the signals from the keyboards, guitar and bass on the field and transports them up to a mixer in the stands where a student technician can sit in a prime mixing position. The resulting ‘mixed’ signals are sent back down the fiber to amps and speakers on the field for the musicians and crowd to hear.  The whole project was facilitated through the professional staff at Mid Atlantic School Equipment Company out of Virginia.

“We just started the mix of synth and marching band for halftime programs last year, and got a fantastic reception. We were told it was quite revolutionary,” said Campbell, who recently rolled out the small spool of fiber from the music room to a 20-workstation music lab just down the hall, where students can network into Pro Tools and music notation programs for arranging and writing music on their own. “There’s a sense of community and culture of learning that happens when you get kids together to create something that they feel passionate about, and that’s what we’ve done here,” added Roberts.

Howard High School is just one example of how fiber optic technology can be leveraged to foster creativity in learning at schools and colleges. FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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A Tale of Two Fiber Optic Protocols and FiberPlex’ FOI-6010

As data security breaches escalate and IT budgets fall precipitously in government and private sectors, FiberPlex Technologies announces a new optical conversion product that extends the life and reach of secure fiber optic infrastructure currently in use by the vast majority of data centers and secure networks today.

FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 frame with new optical modules targets corporations and government agencies wanting to add the range and flexibility of newer singlemode fiber optic transport  without replacing their existing multimode fiber optic infrastructure.

“We anticipate that this new product will address new network security requirements while saving agencies and corporations in the millions of dollars by preserving their existing infrastructure,” said Mitchell L. Abel, Director of Government Relations for FiberPlex, which manufactures a line of fiber optic communication products with a brand presence that dates back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

Enormous bandwidth capacity, Fort Knox-like security and economies of scale are just a few of the reasons why fiber optic transport is in wide use by large corporations and government agencies, many of which acquired multimode optical cabling more than a decade ago as part of a government-wide mandate to secure communications.

Now, with new advances in cloud computing, server virtualization and high-speed ports requiring the greater reach and smaller scale of newer singlemode fiber technology to secure communications beyond the data center, FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 offers bi-directional coupling between the two fiber protocols.

New singlemode optical technology introduced in recent years is able to pass data communications faster and further than multimode fiber optic cable and is therefore ideal for long distance, higher bandwidth applications.

FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 is a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) frame that can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses, including interfacing new singlemode fiber cable into existing multimode fiber build-outs. The FOI-6010 frame has two cages for bi-directional coupling of singlemode to multimode fiber optics at data rates up to 10 Gbps per slot with complete noise immunity, complete electrical isolation, and virtually no latency.

In addition to optical mode conversion, FiberPlex offers fiber optic products for affordably increasing the capacity of existing fiber optic infrastructure. Its Active WDM multiplexer bumps capacity up to OC-48 data transfer rates to provide up to 16 channels over just two strands of optical fiber, effectively reducing acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

FiberPlex also offers an extended warranty program on FiberPlex optical systems for predictable fixed maintenance costs, according to Abel. “FiberPlex is all about providing companies and government agencies with options that offer the higher capacity and security they need now, without having to wait until they have acquisition budgets to pay for totally new optic installations,” he said.

The company introduced the FOI-6010 at InfoComm 2013 along with new SFPs for use in a variety of data and video applications. More than a dozen FiberPlex SFP modules are currently available for the FOI-6010 frame for a range of purposes, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. The frame also takes any standard SFP module by third-party vendors.

FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, k-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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FiberPlex Mixing it Up at Montreal Jazz Festival

Here’s a new mix on things. It starts with a young phenom whose eclectic jazz sound ranges from big band and symphony to pop. And, it involves a FiberPlex fiber optic system and a FOH engineer who likes to travel light, on tour with aforementioned artist and her band.

Last stop: Montreal Jazz Festival July 4 – 6, where Nikki Yanofsky, the young phenom jazz-pop singer now being promoted by Quincy Jones himself, performed with Richard Forte of Forte Sound, Montreal, doing FOH mixing.

While on tour with Nikki, Forte has solved some of those live sound issues that seem to go along with the extreme jazz genre. He’s been able to do so with little more than a 32×16 Yamaha LS9, and he is still able to get the big sounds that come out of artists like Yanofsky, who started out “channeling” Ella Fitzgerald and is now coming onto her own with some fresh, eclectic sounds ranging from symphony and big band to pop. “I’ve covered so much ground with this artist in terms of musical style and challenges for live sound, and I’ve learned a lot in the process,” says Forte.

So how does he mix all those channels of sound coming from young Nikki’s band and still travel light? In a word: fiber. Richard Forte just began using LightViper, FiberPlex’

Richard Forte of Forte Sound is mixing it up with a FiberPlex fiber optic 'snake' during Montreal Jazz Festival.

fiber optic transport system including head end mic preamp/line level unit, lighting multiplexer, MIDI interface, fiber optic connector, and Ethernet-to-fiber converter. This allows him to skip the heavy copper snake and associated manpower and run an insanely large, capable system between FOH and stage through one fiber optic cable that in addition to carrying the audio, also carries the four universes of DMX lighting control for Nikki’s show. No more having to ratchet up the input gain on the board to get a decent SN that will overcome the noise picked up by copper along the way. He can get all 32 channels across and then some with no noise whatsoever. When he runs out of board, he uses the digital cards in the desk to expand the console by an additional 32 EtherSound preamps and 16 channels of AVIOM A16 to handle all of the nine-piece band’s monitoring needs with no noise issues, no compatibility issues and all on a single quad core fiber optic cable.

That’s a decent mix of audio and performance.

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FiberPlex Introduces at InfoComm Live Production Toolbox for Quick, Easy Fiber Optic Connectivity

New this InfoComm, FiberPlex Technologies introduces a Live Production Toolbox with everything needed to easily connect remote cameras, microphones, and other equipment over fiber optic cable regardless of media type or data format.

The FiberPlex Production Toolbox helps overcome many of the challenges encountered in any given live production. “Fiber is really the only contender when it comes to transporting information like high-bandwidth 3G or 6G-UHD video, audio, lighting control, etc., because it is high capacity and noise-free from mile one to mile 99. The difficulty until now has been setting it up for different media formats. With this toolbox, we’ve literally made it easy to not only set up varying types of feeds, but also to change them out quickly as needed,” said Kyle Rosenbloom with FiberPlex, a leading fiber optics equipment manufacturer.

Central to the toolbox is FiberPlex’ WDM16 active wave division multiplexer combining 16 optical channels onto a single pair of single-mode fiber, each channel supporting aggregate data rates from 155MB to 3GB. The multiplexer automatically converts signals to the appropriate optical wavelength for transport purposes, taking the tedium out of fiber connectivity and opening up the use of optical links for on-demand, fast-paced applications such as live production. “Inevitably, unforeseen challenges crop up at the last minute during a live production or broadcast, and, many times, techs are left scratching their heads and running around like crazy looking for a solution. With the WDM16, all they have to do now is plug in another SFP module and they’re good to go. We are making fiber connectivity a plug-and-play proposition,” said Rosenbloom, explaining that the WDM16 allocates any audio, video, or other data feed to a specific wavelength on a full spectrum (like a rainbow of colors that cannot be seen by the human eye), and then combines all of those wavelengths together onto a single pair of fiber.

Hot-pluggable SFP (small form-factor pluggable) modules for the WDM16 come in a variety of formats for interoperability between SD-, HD- and 3G-SDI as well as 10/100/1G Ethernet connectivity, MADI, varying wavelengths of multimode/single-mode optics, and single fiber BiDi (bidirectional). FiberPlex WDM16 frames also accept  standard SFP modules from third-party providers.

Another must-have device in the Live Production Toolbox is FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010, a universal hot-pluggable SFP/SFP+ frame for interoperability between media formats up to 10GB. The FOI-6010 can be used as a standalone unit for smaller applications needing just one or two fiber links, or for larger productions that require routing of multiple signals back to the WDM16 from, say, several camera and announcement locations around a sports stadium. Whether transporting standard definition or high definition (3G-SDI or newer 6G-UHD), Ethernet or various serial data formats, FiberPlex has it covered with this single powerful solution.

Rounding out the Production Toolbox is FiberPlex’ LightViper digital audio management system to handle distributing audio throughout a venue. The LightViper system includes stagebox/mic pres; analog and digital AES-3 audio; a very high quality word clock; and either a fiber optic pass through or fiber optic splits on every device.

FiberPlex’ Production Toolbox is intended for live broadcasts and music productions, as well as for webinars, video conferencing or any other production, from small to large to extremely large. The Production Toolbox will be at FiberPlex booth 820 during the InfoComm convention.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

Central to the new toolbox is the WDM16 for combining 16 optical channels onto a single pair of single-mode fiber.

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FiberPlex Introduces “Swiss Army Knife” of SFP Media Transport at InfoComm

 

New this InfoComm, FiberPlex Technologies introduces the “Swiss Army Knife” of media transport. Its new FOI-6010 is a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form pluggable) frame that can take any variety of SFP modules, from optical and HD Video to MADI and Ethernet.

Universal SFP frame.

FiberPlex Technologies FOI- 6010 shown in HD-SDI video configuration.

The FOI-6010 frame has two cages, one an input cage for SFP plug-ins and the other an output cage for SFP plug-in modules. Plug-in SFPs from FiberPlex come in SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and the newer 6G-UHD for using and converting between media formats, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical, HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI. The frame also takes any standard SFP or SFP+ module by third-party vendors. “With so many standards for sound, video, and transport, this provides a way to make it all work together in a plug-and-play frame that’s quick and easy to use in the field,” said Buddy Oliver, President of FiberPlex Technologies, which manufactures digital transport and communications products.

The FOI-6010 supports up to 10 Gbps per slot for high-bandwidth applications. New SFP modules by FiberPlex this InfoComm are MADI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-UHD SFP, all of which can plug into the FIO-6010 frame or into FiberPlex’ popular active wave WDM16 multiplexer.

A ‘uFAC’ micro-USB interface provides full control and reporting of any SFP/SFP+ registers including settings for video interface and link statistics, SFP status, etc.

FiberPlex is targeting its new SFP products for television, live production, conferencing, corporate data and other applications requiring universal use and conversion between media and transport formats.  

For live sound production, for example, technicians can plug in a single-mode optical SFP for the transport feed from the venue back to the remote van and a MADI SFP on the input side of the FOI-6010 for 64×64 MADI compatibility with gear used on location. That same FOI-6010 frame can be used for a video sportscast the next night with just a change of SFP to run HD-SDI from a camera in the stands to the video switcher.

The FOI-6010 can be used to slowly migrate equipment from standard definition to high definition video, or to interoperate multimode fiber optic cable with single-mode fiber optic cabling. This SFP frame works in conjunction with FiberPlex’s popular WDM16 multiplexer, which takes the same SFP modules as the FOI-6010 to multiplex a number of cameras, sound or other media elements.

FOI-6010 conversion and uses include:  

·       Video format conversion

·       Fiber optic repeater

·       Optical standard duplex to single fiber bidirectional (BiDi) transport

·       Multimode to single-mode converter

·       10/100/1G Ethernet to duplex or BiDi optical

·       ASI, SD-SDI, 3G-SDI to duplex or BiDi optical

·       HDMI/DVI to duplex or BiDi optical

·       MADI to duplex or BiDi optical

·       6G-UHD to duplex or BiDi optical

The new FOI-6010 will be at booth 820 during the InfoComm convention, along with FiberPlex’ popular WDM16 and LightViper audio transport as well as its new Live Production Toolbox with all the equipment needed for live applications.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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FiberPlex Appoints Sales Force & Associates to Represent its Fiber Optic Line

With copper cabling now giving way to fiber optic strands to solve the high-bandwidth issues of today’s AV systems, fiber optic technology manufacturer FiberPlex Technologies recently signed on manufacturing rep firm Sales Force & Associates, Hollywood, Florida, to represent its line to the AVL industry in Florida and the Caribbean.

“It’s all going to fiber,” commented Frank Woolf, Digital Systems Specialist with Sales Force & Associates, an AV firm known for its diversification and expertise in the pro audio, lighting and video industry. “When you see the issues of copper being simply resolved (by fiber) in an elegant, way more efficient feature-rich fiber system, it’s hard to then hold your head high and recommend a copper solution,” he added.

The firm services every facet of the AVL industry, including designers, installers and integrators as well as production houses, rental studios and retail stores.  Its customer base includes Disney World, Universal Studios, Carnival Cruise lines among other high profile names.  Adding FiberPlex’ LightViper and myriad of other fiber optic transport systems to its AVL line card, along with FiberPlex design and support, gives Sales Force & Associates the technology needed to bypass many of the issues that come with getting large video and audio streams from place to place.

“The prices of copper solutions are going up and many of the fiber solutions are coming down in price.  Regardless of price, you just can’t do with copper what you can easily do with a FiberPlex fiber solution,” said Woolf.

“We’re experiencing demand for fiber optic products now more so than ever because of that cost factor, yes, but also because there’s just no other way to meet the delivery requirements of big data,” agreed Kyle Rosenbloom, Eastern Regional Client Relations Executive for FiberPlex.
“As demand for fiber increases, it’s companies like Sales Force & Associates that will ensure that it is installed and integrated with the systems and products needed to make it truly useful to our customer base of AV integrators,” added Rosenbloom.

FiberPlex has signed on almost 15 local reps in recent months in order to keep up with demand.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. For the past quarter of a century, FiberPlex has been known for its engineering and manufacturing of secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. In recent years, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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Town of Paradise Valley Contracts Intent Digital to Bring Order to Council Meetings

Town installs VoteLynx meeting management system to prepare for new laws requiring greater public access and transparency of information

 

In the old days, they would ring the bell in the town square. These days, getting people together for a town meeting takes technology. Anymore, meetings are all about monitors and microphones and switches and software for town clerks like Duncan Miller with Paradise Valley, Arizona, who is faced with fewer resources and the prospect of new legislature that could require municipalities to make meetings accessible and information transparent to the public.

Already several states, including Arizona, have passed laws requiring public access of open meetings and transparency of public records at the state level. Some believe it’s just a matter of time before towns and cities will be required to do the same.

What’s a town or city clerk to do?

Late last year, Miller contracted Digital Video Networks and Intent Digital, a Phoenix engineering firm that specializes in audiovisual and meeting management systems, to develop an integrated solution for automating meetings and electronic documentation. “The main goal of this project was transparency and communication with residents, which required electronic documentation as well as meeting management and video streaming of council meetings,” said Miller, whose background as a town clerk didn’t prepare him for the parade of hardware, software and media technology needed for a comprehensive system.

Such systems are a convergence of technologies, with microphones and cameras on the one hand, and encoders, timers and audio video switching networks on the other. They require conferencing hardware, plus integrated software applications for visual presentations, roll calls, public speaker engagement, and overall management of all the theatrics and unpredictability of city council meetings.

As a small township with limited funds, Paradise Valley couldn’t afford to hire additional staff expert in audiovisual and meeting or voting management systems. “We didn’t want to have to hire a dedicated AV person sitting in a closet somewhere controlling all the equipment,” commented Miller.

“That’s a typical scenario for today’s municipalities, which are being hit with budget cuts and at the same time buckling under the weight of having to do more with less,” said Intent Digital’s co-founder and design engineer Bob Ginger. “We walk into these projects with the understanding that our systems need to be self-sustaining and able to operate under a variety of conditions and for operators at any skill level.

“Over the years, we’ve had to develop some powerful programming to get the usability and functionality needed of these systems,” he added, referring to the company’s Energize audiovisual control and VoteLynx meeting management systems.

For Paradise Valley, Intent Digital was able to bring together under one comprehensive system all automated meeting activities, electronic documentation and control for AV equipment. Key to the system’s ease of use is the integration of DataVideo’s SE-900 SD digital switcher and Intent Digital’s VoteLynx, an electronic voting and meeting management system that manages all the request-to-speak, meeting management and processing of data needed for town meetings, plus feeds content to be streamed on the town’s website.

The DataVideo SE-900 switcher is directly connected to the VoteLynx Request to Speak function, for example, so that when Miller cues a council member to speak, the system automatically selects a camera, sets up the camera shot and then when the shot is complete, automatically routes the results through the switcher for archiving or streaming without additional operator intervention.

Traditional setups require an additional switching panel that adds another layer of complexity to operator controls; tight integration of the VoteLynx management system and DataVideo SE-900 switcher puts these and other functions directly in front of the operator.

“I have one cool touch panel developed by Intent Digital where I can toggle back and forth between AV elements, and do roll calls, put up presentations, set speaker timers and handle all sorts of activities,” said Miller.

Through VoteLynx, which is also integrated to a documentation workflow system, Paradise Valley clerks can control five cameras plus audio as well as roll call, speaker engagement and other meeting activities from both the main meeting chamber as well as a smaller meeting room.

New dais monitors and microphones with infrastructure for future upgrades were installed, as well as 70-inch monitors for audience viewing and Lectrosonics ASPEN digital audio processors with Proportional Gain Algorithm (PGA) for seamless auto-mixing.

“Intent Digital really challenged us to think about what we wanted to accomplish. They weren’t afraid to make suggestions if they thought we were wrong, even going as far as to crawl under the table to find the junction boxes at our first meeting,” said Miller.

The result is a far cry from the old makeshift and make-do teleconferencing system, according to Miler, who was able to put the system to the test during an overcrowded event held in the town’s main council chambers recently. “We were able to easily set up the system to stream the event to a large overflow crowd in the smaller board room next door. We were lucky to have the system up and running just a few weeks prior, because without it, we would have had to turn a lot of our residents away for the event,” said Miller, who is confident that the town will be ready if, and when, it’s required to comply with new government public access and transparency laws.

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FiberPlex Announces Fiber Optic Maintenance Agreement Affecting Government Agencies During Sequestration

As new IT acquisitions come under the knife of sequestration, FiberPlex Technologies announced today an affordable maintenance agreement to extend the life of some $200 million worth of fiber optic products currently in service and purchased by government agencies over the past 25 years.

The Extended Service Agreement (ESA) is available for fiber optic products purchased under the FiberPlex name regardless of purchase date. “We anticipate that this ESA program will help dozens of agencies set a fixed maintenance cost on their FiberPlex optic systems, and in many cases, provide some budget relief in the wake of sequestration,” said FiberPlex’ Director of Government Relations Mitch Abel.

Affected are agencies within the Department of Defense, State Department, CIA, FBI, and others that have FiberPlex fiber optic systems in use today, many of those systems acquired as part of a government-wide mandate to secure its communications. FiberPlex fiber optic technology has been widely procured by the U.S. government over the past decade because of fiber optics’ large bandwidth capacity, economies of scale, and affordable implementation.

Now, FiberPlex products beyond the standard one-year parts and workmanship warranty offered by the company can be re-certified and qualified for an extended one- or three-year coverage period under an extended service agreement. The ESA encompasses the majority of FiberPlex products, including its serial data, IT infrastructure, WDM and LightViper products.

FiberPlex’ extended warranty program will help agencies leverage their investment in these fiber optic products and provide predictable fixed maintenance costs going forward, according to Abel.

In addition, FiberPlex is offering agencies new fiber optic technology to affordably increase the capacity of existing fiber optic infrastructure. Its Active WDM multiplexer bumps capacity up to OC-48 data transfer rates for up to 16 strands of fiber optics, effectively reducing acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

“Active WDM gives these agencies an affordable option to add the kind of capacity they need now, without having to wait until they have the budget to pay for totally new optic installations,” commented Abel.

FiberPlex makes a full range of fiber optic products for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, k-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is the global leader in secure digital communications. The FiberPlex brand has been engineering, manufacturing and delivering secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government for a quarter of a century and shares that expertise with commercial and international markets. As an expert in the industry, FiberPlex educates all sorts of businesses, including houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms, on how to leverage technology to lower risk and increase profits.

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