Broadband and Optical Networking
Applied Communication Sciences is at the forefront of efforts to ready access and backbone networks for a new era -- one dominated by ultra-high-bandwidth, dynamic, packet-based networks.
On the access side, we are working to assure uninterrupted service quality as service providers roll out more varieties of services and service-bundles over the same pipeline.
In the backbone, we are reinventing capacity management -- finding innovative ways to decide how much capacity to put in a network, where to put it, how to manage it, and how to keep track of it. The goal is to minimize capital costs, while enabling networks to provide a wide variety of on-demand customer services, as well as fixed services, while meeting resilience and fault-tolerance requirements.
- Our research is uncovering a viable, vendor-independent approach to capacity management that will allow an intelligent optical network to "manage itself," while simultaneously allowing the carrier to estimate free capacity accurately.
- To advance broadband access service quality, we are finding ways to manage DSL and FTTP impairments and to improve DSL line tests. In fact, one of Applied Communication Sciences' employees has been named an IEEE Fellow for his work on ensuring DSL spectral compatibility.
- Demand for more secure fiber optic communications now permeates our economy -- it is a goal of government entities and virtually all large enterprises. Applied Communication Sciences is playing a leading role in moving the highly speculative field of Quantum Communications toward commercial applications to enable "absolute security" over fiber strands. The result will be the ability to prevent any unauthorized person from intercepting data sent over fiber, and to immediately detect any attempt at intrusion.
- Research Areas
- Wireless Systems and Technologies
- Mobile Networking
- Broadband and Optical Networking
- Quantum Communications
- Cyber Security
- Adaptive Network Control and Management
- Information Analytics
- Internal Research and Development (IR&D) Program