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NetQuest and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis Deliver Industry's Most Scalable Optical Surveillance Solution for Cybersecurity at OFC 2018

Joint solution helps governments and businesses deploy automated, mass surveillance techniques to fight cyber crime

SAN DIEGO, Calif. #OFC18 – March 13, 2018
-- NetQuest Corporation, a leading manufacturer of cyber surveillance solutions, and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis, the performance leader in all-optical switching, today announced a joint effort to deliver the industry's first automated mass optical network surveillance solution combining NetQuest's intelligent network survey and traffic intercept functions with HUBER+SUHNER Polatis's all-optical switching technology.
NetQuest and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis will display the solution for the first time at OFC 2018. The companies will demonstrate how the solution can enhance cyber intelligence missions by providing a greater ability to search for cyber attacks and the opportunity to increase security across a wide array of large-scale optical network architectures.
While the threat of cyber attacks increases, long-haul and metro optical networks are undergoing sweeping changes with the introduction of proprietary 100G-plus coherent signaling technologies. As traffic volume skyrockets over intercontinental submarine and emerging 5G mobile networks, the task of finding advanced threats is the cyber equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack. The NetQuest-HUBER+SUHNER Polatis joint solution produces instant access, to thousands of individual fibers for monitoring, by introducing automation to the optical network data access challenge.
"NetQuest and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis are providing broad visibility to an unprecedented volume of traffic and giving today's mission-critical traffic monitoring tools a significant advantage in detecting advanced cyber threats," said Jesse Price, CEO and President of NetQuest Corporation. "Our collaboration on an advanced automation technique for accessing big data carried over large-scale optical transport networks will exponentially improve cyber intelligence missions and network monitoring functions."
The combined solution utilizes NetQuest's Alpine Patrol orchestration platform to manage NetQuest Interceptor appliances and the industry's highest density Polatis all-optical switches–all from a single, integrated management console. Individual optical fibers can be physically tapped and directly connected to the Polatis optical switch. The company offers a wide array of all-optical switches for direct connections ranging up to 384x384 ports, enabling the integrated surveillance system to cycle through thousands of optical fibers and perform automated network survey to reveal signaling attributes of optical communication signals. In contrast, previous solutions were constrained by a limited number of input fiber connections.
"While networks have grown exponentially in both volume and transmission speed, cyber attacks have likewise intensified in number and frequency, increasing the threat to global communications infrastructure," said Gerald Wesel, president and general manager of HUBER+SUHNER Polatis. "Combining our best-in- class all-optical network switching technology, which is right-sized for this application, with NetQuests's innovative approach to access and monitoring, provides unprecedented advantages to mission-critical fiber access and monitoring missions."
The joint NetQuest-HUBER+SUHNER Polatis mass optical surveillance solution will be on display at OFC 2018, Booth #6207, March 13-15 in San Diego, Calif. For demonstration of the platform during or after the conference, contact NetQuest Product Marketing Manager Mike Seidler at An application brief about the joint solution is available for download here:
About NetQuest
NetQuest designs, manufactures and markets purpose built optical network monitoring access products to government intelligence agencies and large government system integrators tasked with securing and protecting national defense interests. Founded in 1987 and based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, NetQuest is an employee owned business. With a 30 year track record of providing cutting edge access monitoring solutions, NetQuest has developed a global customer base, marketing directly and through a network of strategic partners, value-added resellers and representatives. For more information, visit
About HUBER+SUHNER Polatis
HUBER+SUHNER Polatis is the leading supplier of high performance dynamic all-optical switch solutions for software-defined network provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test. The reliable, field-proven DirectLight™ optical switch technology powers the thousands of switches in-service worldwide and has created the industry's broadest range of transparent, bidirectional, dark-fiber optical circuit switches from 4x4 to 384x384 ports. Visit
HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland which develops and manufactures components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. The company acquired Polatis in 2016. With cables, connectors and systems - developed from the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency - the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. The global production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers. Further information on the company can be found at

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