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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Optical Fiber Connectivity Management System", for Approval

January 28, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Blackard, Stephen R. (Garland, TX), filed on July 3, 2012, was made available online on January 16, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Current computing, communications, and data management requirements are steadily driving the need for density. Computing and data management companies that service and support businesses, factories, and residences typically house the computer servers and other electronics and computing components in special facilities equipped with racks or cabinets populated with connection sites for optical fibers and cables. These racks or cabinets further include fiber optic devices, such as attenuators, connectors, adapters, switches, multiplexers, splitters, combiners, splices, etc. to connect and route the signals transmitted in the optical fibers and cables. Incoming and outgoing fibers typically enter and exit the various rack units from the front and/or the rear of the racks. Typically, each rack or cabinet houses a number of brackets, each of which in turn houses a number of optical cassettes. Specialized optical connectors are mounted within the cassettes to enable connection and cross-connection with optical fibers and optical fiber cables."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A modular fiber connectivity management system comprises a 1-RU bracket having a front panel defining four openings adapted to receive up to four cassettes, and one to four cassettes having front and rear mating interfaces adapted for interfacing with cable connectors and adapted for mounting to the front panel of the bracket, each front mating interface of a cassette adapted to interface with up to 36 fiber connectors of a first type for a total of up to 144 fiber connectors, and each rear mating interface of a cassette adapted to interface with fiber connectors of a second type.

"A modular cable connectivity management system comprises an high-density 1-RU bracket having a front panel and a bottom panel, the front panel defining four openings each adapted to receive one cassette, and one to four cassettes each having front and rear mating interfaces adapted for interfacing with cable connectors and adapted for mounting to the front panel of the bracket, each front mating interface of a cassette having adaptors of a first type, and each rear mating interface of a cassette having adaptors of a second type.

"An high-density modular fiber cassette comprises a front mating interface adapted for interfacing with cable connectors of a first type connected to up to 36 fiber cables, and a rear mating interface adapted for interfacing with cable connectors of a second type.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber connectivity management system 10 according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2 a front elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber connectivity management system 10 according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 3 is a top view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber connectivity management system 10 according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber connectivity management system 10 according to the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 5 and 6 are perspective views of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber bracket according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 7 is a front elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber bracket according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 8 is a back elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber bracket according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 9 is a bottom elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber bracket according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 10 is a side elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber bracket according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 11 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber cassette according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 12 is a front elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber cassette according to the present disclosure;

"FIG. 13 is a side elevational view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber cassette according to the present disclosure; and

"FIG. 14 is a top view of an exemplary embodiment of an optical fiber cassette according to the present disclosure."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Blackard, Stephen R. Optical Fiber Connectivity Management System. Filed July 3, 2012 and posted January 16, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2967&p=60&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140109.PD.&OS=PD/20140109&RS=PD/20140109

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Management.

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