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Optical Networks

ABB’s communication solutions for optical networks offer a broad range of world leading products for local and wide area communication networks.

With the robust FOX family various real-time applications in wide area networks are possible. The FOX multiplexers offer a platform in which TDM (SDH/PDH) and latest packet-based technologies are combined. Designed and type-tested for harsh environments, the FOX multiplexers offer a broad range of services such as integrated teleprotection via IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging and Ethernet over SDH (EoS). With the easy upgrade path and the proven long-term commitment and support, ABB’s FOX family protects the investment of utilities to meet the requirements of today and tomorrow.

The increase of Ethernet based communication protocols, such as IEC 60870-5-104, paved the way for switches in local area networks of utilities. Critical applications such as IEC 61850 signals or SCADA data can be transmitted via fast and reliable Ethernet networks in the substation environment.

ABB’s AFS family includes a broad range of Ethernet switches, routers and firewalls which are designed for utilities environment. All products of the AFS family are compliant with IEEE standards and offer many features, such as fast protection schemes, redundant power supply and alarm contacts, which enable the stepwise introduction of smart grid applications.

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