Behind the scenes of where your voice and data is processed!
By Red Squirrel
VRLA battery plant
(different angle | danger sign | closeup)
(equipment | Big fans | Capacitors & transformers | ceiling | cable reels)
In the other battery room, there is also big cables that come through the wall. These are fiber entry cables from underground, they go to termination boxes, and go upstairs in the equipment room. There is also a shelf with circuit orders. Some go back till 1994. These keep records of every single order for later reference. I had to go through those looking for SSO numbers, I was later shown that we had a database where I just typed in the circuit order number and it would come up. Gee, modern technology these days is incredible!
Battery plant (800*600, click to enlarge)
(battery closeup | connection | equipment | rectifier | huge capacitor inside inverter | ceiling)
(circuit orders | fiber entry | fiber terminators | fiber terminator closeup)
This is it for this central office. There is allot more to it, but some of it could not be taken pictures of such as the Nortel DMS200 switches for long distance, as the flash can shut down the whole system due to RF and it's too dark in that room to not use a flash. The DMS is up another level from the original start point. Another level up has the generator, which will be covered shortly in the microwave center.
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