Tellabs selected to provide optical LAN to San Diego Central Library

Tellabs announced that the new San Diego Central Library @ the Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common has selected Tellabs Optical LAN to connect users’ mobile devices and library systems.

The deployment is part of their decision to build a library of the future that is flexible, built for now and built for the future, said Deborah Barrow, San Diego library director.

“One of the early technology decisions we made was Optical LAN, a future-proof backbone to allow the library to expand as future changes occur. In a public building, the flexibility, the cost and the energy savings all need to be considered, and that’s what we’ve done here,” Barrow added.

In the library, Tellabs Optical LAN connects users’ mobile devices and library systems. Optical LAN’s high-bandwidth fiber optics deliver speeds of more than 1Gbps per port.


Fast Internet service connects library users on more than 300 library PCs. Mobile devices can be connected to Wi-Fi via 36 Maraki wireless access points. Wi-Fi also connects patrons with hundreds of its own wireless devices, including iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, and Kindle and Sony eReaders.

Tellabs Optical LAN converges all of a building’s wired and wireless communications networks into one  ̶  handling Wi-Fi, data, voice, CATV, security, building automation networks and more. Optical LAN eliminates the need for future re-cabling and tightens security.

An automated material-handling system speeds check-in, sorting and distribution of more than 1 million RFID-tagged books. 3-D printers enable patrons to learn to use the new technology. Self-check-out kiosks enable patrons to check out books and materials quickly. Security systems ensure that only checked-out books can leave the building.

iPad kiosks enable patrons to leaf through digitized rare books and records that have never been available to the public before. Technology-enabled group workspaces encourage collaboration. Google indoor maps help patrons navigate through the library and its collections. Digital signage directs patrons and promotes library events. Conventional printers provide hard copies for library patrons. Back-office computers and phones connect hundreds of library staff and volunteers.

Tellabs Optical LAN can serve not only the Central Library, but also other libraries within an 18-mile, 30-kilometer radius, the company sadi.

“This library of the future needs fast Internet connections, capable of gigabit speeds – and Tellabs Optical LAN can far exceed the speeds most people get at home and work,” said Tom Ruvarac, Tellabs director-product management. “Optical LAN can scale up easily to handle the library’s traffic needs for decades to come, not only in this building but in other library branches within an 18-mile range.”

Tellabs Optical LAN replaces conventional copper-based LANs. It simplifies network infrastructure and operations, getting the job done with fewer network elements by using passive optical networking technology. Tellabs Optical LAN can save up to 70 percent in the cost of ownership, lower energy consumption by up to 80 percent and reduce space needs by up to 90 percent, the company said.

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