Photonic networks for transportation

Transportation systems link people to their daily lives and business to its daily operations, providing the basis for a functioning society. Road, railway, air and maritime transportation systems all can benefit from adoption of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that monitor and control traffic flow through connected devices in a transportation Internet of Things (IoT). ITS yields public benefit through improved safety, reduced energy consumption, increased economic output and better quality of life.

Photonic transmission provides the foundation for a modernized network that securely connects elements of the ITS, field offices, public safety agencies and data centers. It provides the backbone for mobile, wireless and fixed IP networks, supporting smart city transportation and other initiatives that move people and commerce.

This application note is the first in a series of three papers outlining requirements, technology options and Nokia photonic solutions needed to construct a modern packet-optical transportation network. The series
includes:

  • “Photonic networks for transportation”: Outlines photonic layer requirements and highlights the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) as a foundation for ITS initiatives
  • “Legacy service migration in transportation networks”: Discusses solutions for migration of legacy TDM services and applications toward a modern packet-optical network
  • “Packet-optical networks for transportation”: Defines packet-optical transport and compares common technologies and solutions.

Read the full whitepaper here.


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