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8 T1 Links (24 T1 Ports)
1+1 Automatic Protection Switching (APS) Equipment

Product Overview

The VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1 Links (24 T1 Ports), 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching (APS) Equipment may be used to protect upto 8 T1 Links (24 T1 Ports), point-to-point links and provide an alternate communication route to each T1 Link between any two T1 points.

In the event of the failure of the primary (Main) T1 communication route, the VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1 Links (1+1 Automatic Protection Switching Equipment) automatically switches the T1 traffic to a secondary (standby) T1 route. The VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching equipment is available in a 2U high chassis which may be mounted in any DIN standard,19-Inch rack.

This product allows the user to design 1+1 (protected) redundant T1 routes on similar (fiber-fiber), or complementing (fiber-radio) transmission mediums.

The criterion for switching between the primary (main) and the secondary (protected/standby) routes is user programmable. Criterion for switching between the primary (main) and the secondary (protected/standby) routes may be Loss-Of-Signal on T1 links, or AIS (All-Ones AIS alarm) condition. The criterion for switching time and recovery time between the primary (main) and the secondary (protected/standby) routes is user programmable.

Data transported on the T1 Links is transparent and protocol independent.

Salient Features

  • VCL-SafeComm 1+1 Protection Switch does not "add" a point-of-failure to the T1 network.

  • Even in the event that the power to the VCL-SafeComm 1+1 Protection Switch (or the equipment itself) fails, the T1 link connectivity shall be "always" maintained." The T1 link integrity is ALWAYS maintained (the switch reverts the connection to the primary T1 link), even if the power to the equipment is disconnected and removed. This ensures that the T1 link connectivity is never lost.

  • VCL-SafeComm 1+1 Protection Switch provides two power inputs and this allows the user to connect the switch to two separate independent -48V DC power sources to minimize the chances of any power failure occurring due to power outage.

Modes of Operation

There are three modes in which the VCL-SafeComm T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switch can be configured to operate in:

AUTOMATIC SWITCHING MODE:

  • The VCL-SafeComm T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switch can be configured to operate in an AUTOMATIC SWITCHING MODE. In the automatic mode, the switch shall automatically switch and re-route the T1 circuits
    from the MAIN route to the STANDBY route if there is an AIS or a LOS (LOSS OF SIGNAL) alarm, on the MAIN T1 link route.

    Similarly, in the automatic mode the switch shall automatically switch back and re-route the T1 circuits from the STANDBY route to the MAIN route upon the restoration of the service on the MAIN T1 link route.

    All switching parameters and link restoration parameters are user programmable.

EXTERNAL TRIGGER SWITCHING MODE:

  • Sometimes the user wants to switch the T1 circuits between the MAIN route and the STANDBY route when some external event occurs. In the EXTERNAL TRIGGER MODE the user can switch between the MAIN T1 route and the STANDBY T1 route when an external trigger (such as an closed/opened physical contact) is applied to the switch. This feature was added to make it compatible with certain radios equipment suppliers, where they apply an external trigger to switch and re-route the T1 circuits between their main T1 radios and standby T1 radios.

MANUAL SWITCHING MODE:

  • In Manual Switching Mode, the user shall use manual Telnet commands to switch the T1 circuits between the MAIN route and the STANDBY route, manually, using Telnet commands. In this mode the AUTOMATIC MODE and the EXTERNALL TRIGGER MODE are both disabled and the manual commands over ride all other modes.

Product Application Note: 8/16 E1/T1 Links (24/48 E1/T1 Ports), 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching Equipment: This equipment is to be used when the customer wants to use two different E1/T1 links of the network to establish a 1+1 redundant path to ensure continued E1/T1 service between two points even if one of the network E1/T1 link fails. Example - the customer may want to use E1/T1 Optical Fiber and an E1/T1 Radio link and to provide an ACTIVE and a STANDBY link between a BSC and a BTS so that when the E1/T1 Optical Fiber (ACTIVE) link goes down the STANBY / REDUNDANT E1/T1 Radio link automatically  gets connected to provide continued connectivity and service between the BSC and the BTS.

Product Application Note: The E1/T1 Fail-Over Switch should be used when the customer is using a single E1/T1 link to provide protection equipment to the customers premises by using one E1/T1 ACTIVE and one E1/T1 STANDBY equipment (such as a ROUTER or a PBX). The E1/T1 Failover Switch shall automatically switch the E1/T1 that is being received from the telephone company between the ACTIVE E1/T1 equipment and the STANDBY E1/T1 equipment. Should the ACTIVE E1/T1 equipment go bad or be removed from service, the E1/T1 link from the telephone company automatically gets switched to the STANDBY E1/T1 equipment without any customer or user intervention.

Applications

Providing 1+1 alternate paths between any two Transmission mediums (active+standby). e.g:

  • Fiber/Fiber

  • Radio/Fiber

  • Radio/HDSL

  • Fiber/HDSL etc.

Example: The user may deploy the VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching Equipment to provide an alternate communication route between an optical fiber link and a radio link between any two points. In the event of the failure of the primary (optical fiber) link the T1 is automatically switched to the alternate route over the T1 radio, thus ensuring maximum uptime on all such 1+1 protected T1 Links.

Once the primary (optical fiber) T1 Link on the optical fiber is restored, the VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching Equipment automatically restores the communication to the primary (optical fiber) T1 Link. The switching and restoration criterion is user programmable.

Applications Diagrams


8 T1 Links (24 T1 Ports), 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching (APS)
 


 


 



Features & Highlights

  • High density protection switching equipment (upto 8 T1 Links i.e. 24 T1 Ports)

  • To provide an independent point-to-point, protected T1 Link between two "T1 USER PORTS" on similar (example fiber-fiber), or dissimilar (fiber-radio) mediums

  • To provide 1+1 T1 redundancy support to higher order multiplexers e.g. E2, E3

  • System configuration and management interface through "CLI" text based commands

  • Transport A-bis Interface on redundant T1 links

  • Provide 1+1 Protection Routing / Path between BSC and BTS

  • These ensure that mission critical voice, data, control and management traffic are properly supported and maintained even during T1 backhaul facility outages. When the primary (working) link fails, the T1 traffic is automatically switched to the standby (secondary) link to ensure maximum uptime

  • Through the comprehensive remote configuration and alarm management capabilities of the VCL-SafeComm, 8 T1, 1+1 Automatic Protection Switching Equipment the product may be used to improve network reliability and control

  • Traffic Protection

  • Alternate Facility Advantages

  • Service Differentiation Agreements

  • Increased Network Reliability Resilience

  • Media and Path Diversity

  • Remote Management

  • Alarm logging and monitoring.

Salient Feature

  • One of the salient features of the VCL-SafeComm 1+1 Protection Switch is that it does not "add" a point-of-failure to the T1 network. In the event that the power to the VCL-SafeComm 1+1 Protection Switch (or the equipment itself) fails, the T1 link connectivity shall be "always" maintained."

Benefits

  • Customer Relations

  • Competitive

  • Service Level

  • Back-haul Network

  • Technology Migration

  • User Programmable 1+1 Protection Parameters:

    • Loss of Signal

    • AIS (All Ones Alarm)

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