Physical Connectivity Automation

Automation for physical optical connectivity enables applications with benefits beyond CAPEX and OPEX savings. Through their own orchestration software, data center operators and telco providers can now provision a circuit within seconds instead of days. Efficiency is significantly increased with an end-to-end workflow, while removing “hands in the plant” which allows a higher level of network security.

ROME® offers a pure optical connection through Wave2Wave’s patented Mechanical Latching Technology. Connectivity through ROME is passive, which allows scalability and future-proofing through transparency of data rates and protocols. ROME redefines reliability by not propogating failures that normally impact services, including facility power outages.

 

In the physical connectivity space, automation is a game changer.

ROME enables our customer in many market segments across public telcos, data centers, government and financial institutions and global technology labs. Automation in physical connectivity is key to revolutionize today's networks for efficiency and security. ROME

allows a full SDN orchestration through a real-time software API.


- David Wang, Founder & CEO

Labs

Automation brings a higher level of equipment and technician utilization, thus enabling lab consolidation and remote lab as a service capabilities. In lab automation, ROME provides all the tracking and switching of connections, reducing the cost and time of manual connection maintenance. Pools of test devices that are commonly used across the lab can be shared to all respective devices, increasing the tool utilization percentage. It also decreases the time needed to setup and run tests and provides CAPEX and OPEX savings.

Data Centers

Automation brings security and near zero time to service to data center operators and their customers. Automated cross connects enable SDN and the software orchestration platform to drive the physical layer. ROME can be utilized in highly secure, remote or off-limits Data Center locations to provide full connectivity control, eliminating the need for long delays and the risk of human errors. Scheduled provisioning can also be used to create more automation and intelligence in the Data Center network.

Telcos

Telcos are evolving and Central Offices are being Re-Architected into Data Centers. A more hands-off, flexible and software defined network is needed. The ROME robotic fiber switch offers integration with testing and orchestration vendors, thus improving the mean time to repair, remote connectivity intelligence and the fulfillment of SLAs. Telcos are able to reduce truck rolls, expedite lead times for network changes and more efficiently manage their connectivity infrastructure.

Technology & Engineering

A robotic motion system needs a defined universe of space. In ROME®, the uni-body chassis casted with aluminum alloy forms a solid foundation of space that’s consistent over time.  A precision mechanical matrix structure lines up a positioning system with about 70,000 connection points. The matrix in its 3-dimension embeds the patented mechanical latching mechanism.

An automatic start-up process, called homing, directs the robots to their zero’s in X, Y and Z dimensions as robots wake up to their finite universe of space. Robotic Control Units (RCU) direct the motion in the accuracy of single micro-meter level through servo control system. Logical Control Unit (LCU) is a separate 1RU chassis that hosts CPU, memory, driver with real time OS and ROME software, as well as redundant power feeds and network and console interfaces.

 

Fiber optic connection through robotic motion is what ROME achieves automatically driven by network orchestration. Slack management for fiber cables is a tall order of challenge in the high density 19” chassis of ROME. A pulley system from the fundamental physics is re-invented to take advantage of the trade-off of force and distance in a passive way.

 

Operational and environmental sensors are implemented throughout ROME system. Intelligent software features and learning capability keep ROME working in mission critical applications for years to come.