Video Network

Glimmerglass Switcher solutions have been deployed by network service providers to dramatically reduce lifetime equipment CAPEX, network management OPEX, while increasing network availability and providing investment protection.

The Challenge

Video bandwidth demand continues to surge, driven by new video speeds and formats as well as increased online video usage. Video networks and telecom carriers are looking for ways to manage this deluge while reducing total cost of ownership of their networks and ensuring profitability.

The Solution

Glimmerglass Intelligent Optical Switchers create a dynamic physical layer to help address the bandwidth deluge. By adding flexibility and intelligence to a video network’s physical layer and pushing optical-electrical conversion further to the camera and receivers, Glimmerglass leverages all the advantages of purely optical, photonic signal management. Video paths can evolve from 4K to 8K to 16K without the need for a switching fabric upgrade. In addition, CWDM and DWDM bundles in transport can be redirected on one fiber, and wavelength management at network nodes can be carried out without the complexity of wavelength hardware compatibility. With Glimmerglass Intelligent Optical Switchers, any signal traveling over fiber can be redirected in milliseconds, without adversely affecting video traffic.

Advantages Glimmerglass brings to Video Networks:

  • Reconfigure and provision in minutes instead of hours or days:  Redirect optical layer video signals at local and remote nodes in real-time using our intuitive GUI or a command line interface.
  • Protect investments as data rates grow from 4K to 8K to 16K:  Because Glimmerglass optical switchers are based around a true photonic cross-connect, they are ‘transparent’ to data rate and format and thus inherently prepared to accept future signal types without requiring hardware upgrade.
  • Reduce OPEX and Mean Time to Repair (MTTR):  Testing and restoration can be performed rapidly and from a remote location.
  • Minimize network outages:  The Glimmerglass Intelligent Optical Switchers provides means for routing around multiple failures on an optical video transport path, as well as maintaining protection schemes during equipment upgrades, helping your network achieve five 9’s reliability.
  • Field Reliable:   Glimmerglass systems have an outstanding reputation for reliability in the field, and are the only true photonic cross connects with a track record of managing live customer traffic.