automatic / intelligent fiber optic patch panel (iow SDN @ layer 0)

Phil Bedard bedard.phil at
Thu Dec 11 00:33:07 UTC 2014

Curious what the use case is where a photonic or L1 switch wouldn't get 
the job done?  

With the robotic system you still need to wire everything up so it's 
available to be xconnected.  

FiberZone was another vendor who made robotic patch panels, but I'm not 
sure they are around anymore. 

Interesting also Verizon has a patent on automated patch panels, but using 
very specific mechanics.



On 12/9/14, 11:51 PM, "Arnold Nipper" <arnold at> wrote:

>Am 2014-12-10 00:36, schrieb Andrew Jones:
>Thank you, Andrew ... while Glimmerglass is really an exciting and
>excdellent system, these devices are exactly those photonic cross
>connects I'm _not_ looking for :9
>> On 10.12.2014 10:21, Arnold Nipper wrote:
>>> I'm looking for a modular, cost-effective automatic / intelligent fibre
>>> optic patch panel.
>>> I'm not looking at these photonic x-connects, but really for something
>>> which does the patching instead of a technician.
>Arnold Nipper / nIPper consulting, Sandhausen, Germany
>email: arnold at      phone: +49 6224 5593407 2
>mobile: +49 172 2650958      fax:   +49 6224 5593407 9

More information about the NANOG mailing list