Antwerp – 23 March 2023 – Today, system integrator Amadys unveiled its long-awaited automated EcoPoP during the Fiber Technology Day, an exclusive networking event for the glass fibre sector that the company is organising. The EcoPoP, which has an automatised patch robot and numerous sustainable features, is the most recent technologically advanced eye-catcher in the Microfocus portfolio that the supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions brought on the market last year.
The PoP (Point of Presence) is part of the six-part Microfocus portfolio launched by Amadys in 2022. The PoP forms a crucial point in the glass fibre network that is being rolled out in Europe. For a long time, Amadys has been delivering high-quality PoPs to many leading network providers in Belgium and the Netherlands. The little houses, more of which are now popping up in the street scene, are designed with a view to minimum maintenance and low costs.
With these last two benefits in mind, Amadys has been working hard in recent months on an optimised, future-proof version of this important building block in the glass fibre networks. On Thursday, the company launched the automated EcoPoP, a variant that is a pioneering version of the original PoP in terms of both sustainability and technology. For example, the latest version has a Patch Robot that facilitates remote customer connections and tests.
‘We are very proud to present our automated, self-sufficient and ecological Microfocus EcoPoP to the market. A ground-breaking innovation, with which we enable network operators to manage their PoP locations independent of people and grid. Nearly every application these days requires a manual action, which always requires a (re)configuration. These actions are expensive, time consuming, lead to high carbon emissions and require 24/7 availability of qualified engineers. The Microfocus Patch Robot offers a solution for all these elements,’ says Dion Bonné, Vice President Product Technology at Amadys.
The brand-new EcoPoP also runs on green energy thanks to the solar panels that have been installed on the sedum roof. The energy generated is stored in the existing battery system used for the operation and energy conservation. The energy management of the installation is monitored, managed and operated by one smart system. Amadys is also installing electric charging stations to the PoP where e-scooters or bikes can be charged using the remaining green energy.
‘The EcoPoP combines various themes from our ESG ambitions. From promoting biodiversity by means of the sedum roof to using renewable energy via the solar panels. In combination with the autonomous operation, Amadys also provides a sustainable grid connection. For local residents, it is obviously a bonus that they can charge their urban transport at the PoP,’ says Patty van Broekhoven, Sustainability Manager at Amadys.