Polatis is the world leader in optical switching technology innovations. Founded in 2005 as the merger of leading optical technology companies from Cambridge Massachusetts and Cambridge UK, Polatis combined products, technologies and resources to create new solutions for modern fiber-based networks.
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Polatis is focused on delivering the highest performance and most cost-effective solutions for optical layer connectivity possible. With ever-increasing bandwidths and the availability of wavelength-based services, the economics have shifted to favor management and reconfiguration totally in the optical layer domain for many network applications. Polatis products offer enhanced features such as integrated optical monitoring and attenuation that allow customers to integrate fiber management and switching into single platforms, greatly reducing CAPEX and OPEX expenses.
Polatis brings value to its customers through its standard hardware and software products, and through custom solutions and services to meet unique customer needs. The Professional Services Group provides services beyond the exceptional support already offered, including specialized training, field support, and solutions integration, all designed to meet a specific customer's needs. The Custom Solutions Group can provide a range of custom solutions, from simple configuration changes to new product design.
Polatis is the leading producer of ultra low-loss all-optical switches with the world’s best performance characteristics and lowest power requirements. Based on patented piezo-optical DirectLight® technology, Polatis switches provide connections through a direct beam steering technology. All signals are switched in free space and remain totally in the optical domain, compared to the traditional electrical-optical conversion technique. Designed for rugged and demanding environments, Polatis is favored in applications requiring extremely high reliability. Polatis’ unique modular technology provides the most cost- effective solutions in optical switching, even in small to medium sized deployments.
Polatis has demonstrated strong ROI for its optical-layer products in numerous industries: defense, government, academic & research institutions, telecommunications carriers and equipment manufacturers, business continuity services, MSOs, and more.
Polatis optical switching provides carriers with a new way to manage and monitor their networks totally in the optical domain without expensive and power-hungry electrical conversion. Our solutions for this market include:
Smart Patch Panels - Polatis high optical performance and low loss is comparable to that of a connector in manual patch panel. Polatis products can be used to provide a layer of flexible routing at optical distribution frames and rapid reconfiguration without risk of misconnection.
Optical Network Monitoring - Substantial savings can be realized by implementing remote network monitoring to measure link quality and localize faults. Capital outlay is minimized by sharing a common pool of test equipment.
Network Management at the Fiber Layer - Polatis provides the ability to directly manage fiber assets in both the network core and edge. Carriers can now automate the connection and provisioning of fiber directly in the optical domain, delivering high value, higher bandwidth services at lower cost.
Data centers must cost-effectively manage a large number of dynamic, high bandwidth connections. Polatis optical switches are transparent to both bandwidth and protocol, eliminating the need for constant upgrades and saving expensive router ports.
Rapid growth is occurring in a variety of defense and government segments, including secure communications networks, mobile communication systems, RF switching, and satellite systems. The Polatis platform is unique in its security and lack of susceptibility to intrusion – our all-optical switching means no EMI signal signature, and our essentially non-existent optical signal crosstalk ensures no unintended signal detection. The Polatis platform is robust to harsh environments, and has been qualified for military application requiring extended operational range.
Use of optical switches in test & measurement represents a fundamental shift in the way capital equipment is deployed to enable more efficient development, testing, and deployment of systems and networks. This shift is taking place across the data, storage and communications industries from component-level product development and test, to full system test and network commissioning. Polatis is uniquely positioned to address this large market through its instrument grade performance, proprietary VOA and power meter enhanced features.
Optical fiber is used in studio networks to transmit uncompressed high definition video feeds. Polatis provides a cost-effective, high quality system to switch and manage broadcast quality video entirely in the optical domain without requiring expensive electrical conversion. Our unique benefits include superior optical performance to maintain a strong signal, the ability to handle high-power bi-directional signals, high reliability for live broadcast applications, and automated port switching which eliminates the need for manual patch panels.