Generonix Products: Network Line Power / Express Power Solutions

SureReach for fiber-to-the-home or building

CopperReach for outside networks and cell sites

NLP Technology: the Alternative to indoor or outdoor Uninteruptable Power Supplies (UPS)

Generonix supports Service Providers deploying large "mission-critical" networks in harsh environments by providing telco-grade Network Line Power (NLP), sometimes called "Express Power" to outdoor devices. There are currently two products: one, SureReach, for homes, apartments, multi-family residential units and offices, and the other, CopperReach, tailored for outside plant equipment mounted in neighborhoods, on telephone poles, strands, or on the sides of buildings. Each can be used for a variety of Applications, such as municipal Wi-Fi, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Building, (FTTB), Curb (FTTC) or Node / Neighborhood (FTTN), IP Network Camera Surveillance, or building based media converters.

For more information, click on the product name below, or look at a tutorial presented at Calcomm 2009:

Calcomm Tech Expo Tutorial

"Life-Saver" Network line power for OSP and Residential Networks

When the AC utility power fails, the first thing people do is pick up a phone, either to report the outage, or in a storm or other disaster, to contact friends and family to let them know they are all right. And if there is a security or health emergency during the outage a working phone becomes an essential "life-line" to the 911 Emergency Services. While not quite "never-fail" or "always-available", the existing telephone network provides reliable network line power that is a "life-saver" in emergencies. Thus we at Generonix like to call network line power "life-saver" power for primary lines and other essential services such as surveillance, premises security, and remote digital line equipment.

While network line power has long been available for copper phone networks, other networks (cable, VoIP, cellular, FTTX fiber) do not carry power to the premises, and OSP or network equipment must be driven off some from of commercial grade AC utility power. Even if battery backed, such power often fails in major outages. Network line power fails much less often, and may indeed be a "life-saver" when disaster strikes.

SureReach and CopperReach products both convert voltage from network line power to the voltage required by equipment in the OSP network or mounted on the outside wall of a building. They provide a simple, scalable, and low cost solution that meets the stringent reliability needs of end users even in emergencies. Recent FCC rulings, based on the Katrina hurricane panel recommendations, now mandate twenty-four hour battery backup in the Central Office (CO) and eight-hour battery backup in the outside plant (OSP) for critical network telecom "assets" involved in voice telephone service. In order to provide reliable phone service in the event of emergencies not only do Service Providers require battery backup in Central Offices and outside plant locations, as mandated by the FCC, but local premise equipment needs battery back up as well. When using network line power, the existing Central Office provides the back-up batteries, and no expensive high-maintenance outdoor or indoor field batteries are needed. There are no truck rolls to replace batteries. There is no burden of maintenance put onto untrained customers.

Generonix Network Line Power products in telo Network In addition to FCC's Katrina-influenced mandate of 24/8 for CO/OSP battery backup, Industry standards for primary line service to a home require a reliability of 99.99%. This equals 53 minute down-time per year. One study, Sources of Failure in the Public Switched Telephone Network, Reprinted from IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 4 (April, 1997), by D. Richard Kuhn of the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that the phone network is actually 99.9993% reliable, which equals only 3 minutes of down time a year.

While a tree may fall and take out phone service for a single home or even a neighborhood, network line power for a whole city almost never fails, is more highly redundant, and is more quickly repaired than the power grid. Contrast this telco-grade reliability with commercial-grade AC utility power. After a hurricane or major ice-storm power may fail with outages affecting entire cities or even counties, and last weeks.

Since commercial-grade electrical power is carried at the top of utility poles, it is also much more exposed to wind, rain, ice, tree branches and lightening, and even in "minor" storms mass outages lasting hours may occur as overloaded work crews take out large sections of the grid to repair broken transformers or power lines, waiting until all downstream problems are fixed before turning power back on. Many telephone companies now use 10M strand cables which have a breaking strength of 10,000 pounds, and thus don't break as often; phone lines continue to carry network line power even when poles tip over, or the power elements higher up on the pole have failed.