Yokogawa is adding an entry-level model, the AQ1000, to its range of optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) test instruments. The new instrument is designed to increase the productivity of field personnel working on the installation and deployment of optical access networks such as fibre to the home (FTTH), the so-called “last mile” to consumers’ premises.
“FTTH installers do not need high-end OTDRs capable of measuring over hundreds of kilometres in the core network. Instead, they will need affordable OTDRs equipped with all the features that can make their job easier and faster: instruments like the Yokogawa AQ1000,” said Terry Marrinan, vice president, T&M business unit, Yokogawa T&M Europe and Asia Pacific.
Although the AQ1000 is positioned and priced as an entry-level model, it does not compromise on Yokogawa’s standards of quality, accuracy and reliability. It benefits from several characteristics that are usually present in higher-level models, such as a high-quality multi-touch touchscreen and wireless connectivity.
Like all Yokogawa field test instruments, the AQ1000 has been designed to enhance productivity. Key features include a full auto test mode, which means that no time is wasted on set-up procedures and no special skills required to operate it, and an icon-based map view of the measured network that makes it easy to interpret the test results.
Built-in post-processing software generates OTDR reports directly in PDF format with the ability to configure the report template to suit customer requirements. Thus, reports can be sent directly from the field as soon as the tests are completed with no need for additional PC software.
The AQ1000’s proprietary operating system is responsive to user inputs. It starts up quickly, being ready-to-measure in less than 10 seconds from switch on, and is very energy efficient, with 10 hours of battery life from a single charge under standard test conditions.
The AQ1000 is a complete field test tool, with a built-in power checker to establish whether the fibre is in use or not and a stabilised light source to measure end-to-end network attenuation. An optional visible light source can be added so that operators can visually identify fibre breaks or macro bends.
The new OTDR carries a three-year warranty, a reflection of Yokogawa’s confidence in the quality and reliability of its products, particularly those designed for field use in harsh outdoor conditions.