OIL & GAS INSTRUMENTATION - Industrial Grade Reliable Optical Switches


Energy providers are always looking for ways to improve yields and expand available energy. As oil prices rise, energy companies are turning more and more to fiber-optic sensors for monitoring temperatures and pressures in downhole well environments to maximize resource extraction. Fiber sensors are used in many phases of well life. Initially they are used during well completion phase to monitor and optimize well perforation, steam injection and fracking to maximize initial production. After the wells are producing they are used for long-term monitoring to maximize well yield and resource extraction over the life of the well.





Optical switching is a key technology for oil and gas well monitoring. Optical switches allow remote measurement automation and reduce costs by enabling sharing of limited and expensive deep well sensor fibers and optical test equipment. Low optical loss is critical since most measurements are reflective and signals must pass through the switch twice. Instrument grade repeatability, stability and minimal reflections are also crucial for preserving measurement accuracy.

Unique Oil & Gas Benefits Include
  • Optimized resource extraction
  • Extends the length of well operations
  • Early detection of potential problems to detect damage points before serious problems occur
  • Superior Optical Performance
  • Low loss increases network reach and minimizes the need for amplification.
  • Low return loss minimizes impairments of higher bit rate signals.
  • Low crosstalk enhances security.
  • It is the best performing switch family available today, and it enables new data center applications and architectures.
  • SDN Enabled
  • Dynamically reconfigure Polatis switches via a standards-based interface
  • SDN interface enables the optical switches to coexist with packet switches under centralized management control for efficiently orchestrating topology changes.
  • OpenFlow clients on Polatis switches allow data center operators to reconfigure the network on demand to deploy capacity where it is most needed and make the most productive use of network resources at the lowest cost.
  • High-Reliability Architecture
  • A high reliability architecture with no single point of failure means that data centers can rely on Polatis switches for mission-critical applications.
  • The accumulated actuator life on field-deployed switches from Polatis exceeds a billion hours with no failures.
  • The Polatis Series 6000n 192x192 switch projected Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) exceeds 20 years.
  • Dark Fiber Switching
  • Dark Fiber Switching (DFS) enables a connection can be made and held without light on the fiber.
  • DFS simplifies turning up or restoring services where signals may be intermittent.
  • In multistage networks DFS minimizes the delay in turning up services across multiple switch hops.
  • DFS allows Polatis' switches to work with a wider range or optical signals and signal powers.
  • Polatis offers the only true dark fiber switches on the market.
  • Competitive Pricing with Superior Performance
  • Polatis offers solutions for the data center that provide world class performance at an attractive price and offers scalable, high-capacity, low-latency optical switching that allows organizations to future-proof their data center infrastructure.