Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the world's fifth busiest airport, has deployed Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4000 Multiservice Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) and the NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) to modernize and add reliability to their intra-airport communications network. The upgraded network will support mission-critical data communications associated with the radar system and air traffic control tower. This upgrade will also increase the security and reliability of FAA air traffic control communications at LAX while making airport operations much more efficient.

The upgraded airport communications network is carrying short- and long-range radar system data, weather condition information, Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach data between runways and the air traffic control tower, and private voice and data communications to allow for enhanced air traffic management.

The FAA selected a Unidirectional Path Switched Ring (UPSR) based network at LAX as part of the FAA airport modernization program. UPSR SONET technology is used extensively throughout the carrier-class networks of all major telecommunications carriers due to its proven ability to support highly reliable communications and built-in network redundancy. With UPSR, information is sent in both directions around a network ring. The receiving node monitors the quality of both received signals and uses the higher quality signal, which provides for uninterrupted communications in the event of signal degradation or a complete fiber cut.

The popular FLASHWAVE 4100 MSPP is optimized for the delivery of traditional private line and next-generation Ethernet over SONET (EoS) data services via a highly scalable architecture. Multiple SONET rings can be hubbed in a single platform, and Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) capabilities enable efficient support of Ethernet/Fast Ethernet (10/100Base-T) or Gigabit Ethernet services. The flexible FLASHWAVE 4100 platform has received "RUS Technical Acceptance" and "Buy American" status, which makes it ideal for the FAA to efficiently update complex airport communications systems.

The FLASHWAVE 4020 Ethernet Service Platform (ESP) simultaneously delivers both of today's most popular services, DS1 and Ethernet, via a fully-integrated platform. With its compact size, low cost, minimal power requirements, and ability to deliver simultaneous voice and data services, the FLASHWAVE 4020 ESP is an ideal solution for airports and their unique requirements.

The NETSMART 1500 software simplifies the management, provisioning and surveillance of Fujitsu network elements through simple point-and-click provisioning of new circuits and self-discovery of an entire Fujitsu network, which drives down the cost and complexity of operating optical networks. The NETSMART 1500 software comprises a suite of network and element management features, enabling airports to quickly turn up Ethernet, Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and SONET services.

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