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A generic integrated maintenance interface for network elements

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3 Author(s)
Bayer, J.A. ; Bell Commun. Res. Inc., Morristown, NJ, USA ; Granfors, D.J. ; Lewis, R.T.

A generic interface specification that could be used as a common definition for maintenance functions is described. The process of developing the generic interface specification is presented, including the definition of supported functions, the description of the protocol and language used, and the detailed enumeration of the message specifications to support these functions. Generic interfaces can provide economic advantages in software development, training, and opportunities for simplification of human interfaces for remote interaction with the intelligent network element. The specific case examined is the set of messages that have been developed for system maintenance of network elements including digital loop carrier, digital terminal and cross-connect equipment, digital multiplexing and line-terminating equipment, digital switching equipment, common-channel signaling systems, supervisory systems, environmental monitors, and network timing elements

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 4 )