(Atlantic) AMU is releasing information today on their Fiber Optic cable project that has been in the works for months. Matt Klein, AMU’S IT Coordinator says the Fiber Optic Project consists of placing Fiber Optic cable from AMU’S Power Plant and Control Center, located near the intersection of Pine and 3rd Street, to their Main Office, located at 15 W 3rd Street. Additionally, Fiber is being installed at their substation and water tower located on 22nd Street, providing a direct data connection to a majority of their facilities. There are four main reasons why AMU needed the ability to connect these areas with high speed fiber optics.
“One of the main reasons for the project is to connect our substation on 22nd Street with out control room on 3rd Street,” stated Klein. “That will allow us opportunities to communicate with the equipment up there and be able to control it.”
Klein says previously, to obtain readings from this equipment or to operate the equipment; someone had to physically go to this location. By installing Fiber Optics, it will allow for most of this to be done remotely from their Control Center and will help improve AMU’s reliability and increase their responsiveness to their customers.
Another purpose for installing fiber optics is to allow a high speed data connection to the 22nd Street Water Tower area. In addition, having a fiber connection to these locations will allow them to provide reliable High Speed Internet Service between all of AMU’s facilities.
Finally, Klein says with the high speed connection to all of their facilities, AMU will be able to quickly and easily provide off-site data backup. This connection will allow them to back up large data files located in one facility to a server located in another facility.
Klein said, "By doing this, we greatly improve our ability to recover data from a minor event or a major catastrophe."
June 22, 2012