When the cableScout® project was born in 1995 copper cables were the leading medium for transmitting information in regional and national networks. However, for the last few years the acknowledged trend has been towards fibre optic. Due to its history and cost benefits in relation to fibre optic technology, copper and twisted pair technology continues to be in widespread use at our customer sites and therefore must be managed.
This is why, in addition to fibre optic, cableScout® has the capability to fully map all copper technologies. All types of components such as LSA+ strip or block, bay, solder-screw-bar or shrink sleeve can be easily compiled in the libraries. Furthermore, copper cables can be quickly generated in all sizes and in their different stranding types such as star quads, 3-core and single core. Very important in the creation of new cables is that for each wire a colour code with marking rings and for every bundle so-called bundle rings are specified so that the counting direction is clearly defined.
Connections are established in copper-based networks in a very different way to in fibre-based networks. For instance, it must be possible to perform dual pickups at the port, to bridge ports and to cross wires.
Loop resistance can be stored for every wire, depending on its diameter. This enables cableScout® to calculate loop resistance for every connection and also for the entire route. There is also the option for calculating the attenuation value when transmitting signals with a carrier frequency if these relevant details have been assigned to the cable.
Through its functionalities and display views copper networks can be displayed very realistically and the information required to identify the location of faults or outages and their removal is available immediately.