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1. WO2020113100 - INTELLIGENT PATCH PANEL

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CLAIMS

1. An intelligent optical fiber termination system comprising:

an enclosure;

an optical termination assembly within the enclosure and including (i) a first optical fiber connector, (ii) an optical fiber extending through at least a portion of the first optical fiber connector, (iii) an adapter into which the first optical fiber connector is insertable, and a sensing mechanism selected from the group consisting of (i) a first insertion sensing mechanism configured for conveying first fiber insertion status signals corresponding to a first fiber insertion status of the first optical fiber connector into the adapter, (ii) a first fiber signal conveyance sensing mechanism configured for conveying first fiber conveyance status signals corresponding to a first fiber conveyance status of input optical signals to or of output optical signals from the first optical fiber, and (iii) a first end contact sensing mechanism configured for conveying first end contact status signals corresponding to a first end contact status of an end of the first optical fiber connector with another object when the first optical fiber connector is inserted into the adapter;

a first operational sensing mechanism configured for conveying first operational status signals different than at least one signal-type of the conveyed ones of the first fiber insertion status signals, the first fiber conveyance status signals, and the first end contact status signals and corresponding to a first operational status, the first operational status corresponding to a first operational status of the intelligent optical fiber termination system;

a first component at least partially within the enclosure; and

a central processing unit (CPU) configured for receiving a plurality of CPU input signals respectively corresponding to each of the conveyed ones of the first fiber insertion status signals, the first fiber conveyance status signals, the first end contact status signals, and the first operational status signals and conveying a first directional signal to direct a change in state of the first component based on the CPU input signals received by the CPU.

2. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 1 , wherein the intelligent optical fiber termination system is configured for receiving external input signals selected from the group consisting essentially of external input radio signals, external input electrical signals, external input optical signals, and any combination thereof from an external source external to the intelligent optical fiber termination system, and wherein the CPU is configured to convey the first directional signal to the first component in response to the external input signals.

3. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the intelligent optical fiber termination system is configured for conveying system output signals selected from the group consisting of system output radio signals, system output electrical signals, system output optical signals, and any combination thereof to an external source external to the intelligent optical fiber termination system, and wherein the system output signals are directed by the CPU.

4. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-3, wherein the first operational status signals are second fiber insertion status signals different from the first fiber insertion status signals and corresponding to a second fiber insertion status of a second optical fiber connector insertable into the adapter.

5. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-3, wherein the first optical fiber connector includes a first housing and a first ferrule translatable within the first housing, and wherein the first end contact sensing mechanism conveys first end contact status signals indicating contact of the end of the first optical fiber connector with another object when the first optical fiber connector is inserted into the adapter and the first ferrule of the first optical fiber connector is in contact with a second ferrule of a second optical fiber connector.

6. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-5, wherein each of the conveyed ones of the first fiber insertion status signals, the first fiber conveyance status signals, the first end contact status signals, and the first operational status signals are conveyed at one or more respective predetermined time intervals.

7. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-6, further comprising a memory storage system in communication with a microprocessor of the CPU and configured for storing any one or any combination of the first fiber insertion statuses, the first fiber conveyance statuses, the first end contact statuses, and the first operational statuses.

8. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 7, wherein a first combination of at least two mechanisms selected from the group consisting of the first insertion sensing mechanism, the first fiber conveyance sensing mechanism, and the first end contact sensing mechanism are conveying the respective first fiber insertion status signals, first fiber conveyance status signals, and first end contact status signals, and wherein the first operational sensing mechanism is one of the mechanisms of the first combination.

9. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 7 or claim 8, wherein the memory storage system stores (i) a first fiber insertion reference value for use in determining the first fiber insertion status when the optical termination assembly includes the first insertion sensing mechanism, (ii) a first fiber conveyance reference value for use in determining the first fiber conveyance status when the optical termination assembly includes the first fiber conveyance sensing mechanism, (iii) a first end contact reference value for use in determining the first end contact status when the optical termination assembly includes the first end contact sensing mechanism, and (iv) a first operational reference value for use in determining the first operational status, the intelligent optical fiber termination system further comprising a logic controller in communication with the memory storage system, the logic controller being part of or being separate from but in communication with the CPU, wherein the logic controller is configured for determining (i) a first relative value associated with the first fiber insertion status and based on a comparison of a determined first fiber insertion status value corresponding to the first fiber insertion status signals to the first fiber insertion reference value when the memory storage device stores the first fiber insertion reference value, (ii) a second relative value associated with the first fiber conveyance status and based on a comparison of a determined first fiber conveyance status value corresponding to the first fiber conveyance status signals to the first fiber conveyance reference value when the memory storage device stores the first fiber conveyance reference value, (iii) a third relative value associated with the first end contact status and based on a comparison of a determined first end contact status value corresponding to the first end contact status signals to the first end contact reference value when the memory storage device stores the first end contact reference value, and (iv) a fourth relative value associated with the first operational status and based on a comparison of a determined first operational status value corresponding to the first operational status signals to the first operational reference value.

10. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 9, wherein the first directional signal is based on at least one relative value of the first, the second, the third, and the fourth relative values determined by the logic controller, and wherein the CPU is configured for conveying a second directional signal to the first component or another component different from the first component and at least partially within the enclosure based on at least one different relative value of the first, the second, the third, and the fourth relative values.

11. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 9 or claim 10, wherein a combination of the CPU, the logic controller when separated from the CPU, and the memory

storage system are configured to effect a change to at least one of the reference values of the first insertion reference value, the first fiber conveyance status value, the first end contact status value, and the first operational value.

12. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 11 when dependent from claim 26, wherein the combination of the CPU, the logic controller when separated from the CPU, and the memory storage system are configured to effect the change to the at least one of the reference values of the first insertion reference value, the first fiber conveyance status value, the first end contact status value, and the first operational value based on the external input signals received by the intelligent optical fiber termination system.

13. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 12 when dependent on both claims 2 and 3, wherein the intelligent optical fiber termination system is configured to convey the system output signals to the external source, and wherein the external input signals are based on the system output signals to the external source.

14. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 12 or claim 13, further comprising a transceiver in electrical communication with the CPU and configured for communicating wirelessly with a cloud network, wherein the transceiver is configured for receiving the external input signals and the external source is remote from the enclosure and within the cloud network.

15. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 14 when dependent from claim 37, wherein the transceiver is further configured for conveying the system output signals to the external source.

16. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 11-15, wherein the memory storage system stores a plurality of (i) the determined first fiber insertion status values when the memory storage device stores the first fiber insertion reference value, (ii) the determined first fiber conveyance status values when the memory storage device stores the first fiber conveyance reference value, (iii) the determined first end contact status values when the memory storage device stores the first end contact reference value, and (iv) the determined first operational status values, and wherein the combination of the CPU, the logic controller when separated from the CPU, and the memory storage system are configured to effect the change to (i) the first fiber insertion reference value when the optical termination assembly

includes the first insertion sensing mechanism based on an accumulated set or the entirety of the plurality of the first fiber insertion status values, (ii) the first fiber conveyance reference value when the optical termination assembly includes the first fiber conveyance sensing mechanism based on an accumulated set or the entirety of the plurality of the first fiber conveyance status values, (iii) the first end contact reference value when the optical termination assembly includes the first end contact sensing mechanism based on an accumulated set or the entirety of the plurality of the first end contact status values, and (iv) the first operational reference value based on an accumulated set or the entirety of the plurality of the first operational status values.

17. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 16, wherein the change effected to (i) the first fiber insertion reference value is to ignore the first fiber insertion reference value and set the first insertion sensing mechanism to a default setting, (ii) the first fiber conveyance reference value is to ignore the first fiber conveyance reference value and set the first fiber conveyance sensing mechanism to a default setting, (iii) the first end contact reference value is to ignore the first end contact reference value and set the first end contact sensing mechanism to a default setting, and (iv) the first operational reference value is to ignore the first operational reference value and set the first operational sensing mechanism to a default setting.

18. An intelligent optical fiber termination network comprising:

the intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 7-13, further comprising a transceiver in electrical communication with the CPU; and

a cloud network including the memory storage system and being configured for communicating wirelessly with the transceiver of the intelligent optical fiber termination system.

19. The intelligent optical fiber termination network of claim 18, wherein the intelligent optical fiber termination network is a wide area network (WAN) comprising a remote site remote from the intelligent optical fiber termination system.

20. An intelligent optical fiber termination network comprising:

the intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 9-13 when dependent on claims 2 or 3, further comprising a transceiver in electrical communication with the CPU; and

a cloud network including the logic controller when separated from the CPU, the logic controller being located at a remote site remote from the intelligent optical fiber

termination system, the cloud network being configured for communicating wirelessly with the transceiver of the intelligent optical fiber termination system such that the transceiver receives the external input signals conveyed from the logic controller.

21. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-13, further comprising a transceiver in electrical communication with the CPU and configured for communicating wirelessly with a cloud network, wherein the first directional signal is provided by the CPU to the first component based on a first transceiver signal from the transceiver and a second directional signal is provided to the first component or another component different from the first component and at least partially within the enclosure based on a second transceiver signal from the transceiver.

22. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-17 and 45 when not dependent on claim 32, wherein the operational sensing mechanism includes any one or any combination of an environmental sensor, a position sensor, an orientation sensor, a sensor detecting either one or both of the opening and closure of a door of the enclosure, a microphone, an accelerometer, a water presence sensor, and an enclosure presence sensor.

23. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 22, wherein the operational sensing mechanism is an environmental sensor and is either one or both of a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor.

24. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 22, wherein the operational sensing mechanism is an environmental sensor, and wherein the first component includes a heating device, wherein the heating device is activated to heat at least a portion of an interior of the enclosure when the environmental sensor detects a temperature below a predetermined threshold.

25. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 22, wherein the operational sensing mechanism is an environmental sensor, and wherein the first component includes a cooling device, wherein the cooling device is activated to cool at least a portion of an interior of the enclosure when the environmental sensor detects either one or both of a temperature above a predetermined threshold and a humidity level above a predetermined threshold.

26. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 23, wherein the cooling device includes a fan.

27. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-17 and 45-50, wherein the first component or another component separate from the first component is a sensory indication unit configured to indicate a change in any one or any combination of (i) the first fiber insertion status when the optical termination assembly includes the first insertion sensing mechanism, (ii) the first fiber conveyance status when the optical termination assembly includes the first fiber conveyance sensing mechanism, (iii) the first end contact status when the optical termination assembly includes the first end contact sensing mechanism, and (iv) the first operational status, the sensory indication unit providing any one or any combination of a visual signal, an auditory signal, or a tactile signal.

28. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of claim 27, wherein the sensory indication unit includes any one or any combination of a light emitting diode (LED), an audio speaker, and a piston-driven actuator assembly.

29. A method of controlling an optical fiber termination system comprising:

receiving, by a central processing unit, a first electrical input signal corresponding to any one or any combination of (i) first fiber insertion status signals corresponding to a first fiber insertion status of a first optical fiber connector into an adapter of an optical termination assembly at least partially within an enclosure of the optical fiber termination system, (ii) first fiber conveyance status signals corresponding to a first fiber conveyance status of input optical signals to or of output optical signals from the first optical fiber, (iii) first end contact status signals corresponding to a first end contact status of an end of the first optical fiber connector with another object when the first optical fiber connector is inserted into the adapter; and

receiving, by the central processing unit, a second electrical input signal corresponding to first operational status signals different than the first fiber insertion status signals, the first fiber conveyance status signals, and the first end contact status signals and corresponding to a first operational status of the optical fiber termination system;

conveying, by the central processing unit, a first directional signal to direct a change in state of a first component at least partially within the enclosure of the optical fiber termination system based on either one or both of the first and the second electrical input signals received by the central processing unit; and

changing a physical state of the first component in response to the first directional signal.

30. An optical connection identification assembly comprising:

first and second connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the optical connection identification assembly;

a first optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the first connector;

a second optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the second connector, the first and the second optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a first photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the first optical filter to confirm the optical connection identification assembly is receiving optical signals; and

a second photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the second optical filter to confirm the optical connection identification assembly is receiving optical signals,

wherein the first and the second connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the first and the second connectors are conveyed to each of the first and the second optical filters and to each of the first and the second photodiodes.

31. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising: third and fourth connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the optical connection identification assembly;

a third optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to or from the third connector;

a fourth optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to or from the fourth connector, the third and the fourth optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a third photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the third optical filter; and

a fourth photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the fourth optical filter,

wherein the first, the second, the third, and the fourth optical filters and the first, the second, the third, and the fourth photodiodes are attached to a card, and wherein the first and the third connectors are on a first side of the card and the second and the fourth connectors are on a second side of the card opposite the first side.

32. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising a filter optical fiber extending between the first and the second optical filters, wherein the filter optical fiber is configured for conveying optical signals between the first and the second optical filters.

33. The optical connection identification system of claim 30, further comprising a signal generation unit remote from the first and the second photodiodes, wherein either one or both of the first photodiode and the second photodiode convey an electrical signal that when conveyed results in the signal generation unit indicating an optical signal is conveyed from the one or both of the first photodiode and the second photodiode conveying the electrical signal.

34. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising: a first filter base attached to and supporting the first optical filter;

a second filter base attached to and supporting the second optical filter, the second filter base being spaced from the first filter base; and

a power monitoring base attached to and supporting the first and the second filter bases.

35. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 34, wherein the first filter base is attached to and supports the first photodiode and the second filter base is attached to and supports the second photodiode.

36. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising: a filter base attached to and supporting each of the first and the second optical filters; and a power monitoring base attached to and supporting the filter base.

37. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 36, wherein the filter base is attached to and supports the first and the second photodiodes.

38. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, the system further comprising:

a first connector optical fiber extending between the first connector and the first optical filter; and

a second connector optical fiber extending between the second connector and the second optical filter,

wherein the first connector optical fiber is configured for conveying optical signals from the first connector to the first optical filter such that portions of the optical signals conveyed from the first connector are reflected from the first optical filter and a remaining portion of the optical signals conveyed from the first connector are received by the first photodiode, and

wherein the second connector optical fiber is configured for conveying optical signals from the second connector to the second optical filter such that portions of the optical signals conveyed from the second connector are reflected from the second optical filter and remaining portions of the optical signals conveyed from the second connector are received by the second photodiode.

39. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 38, wherein an end of the first connector optical fiber includes a first facet defining a plane at an angle transverse to a first longitudinal axis of the first connector optical fiber such that light conveyed from the first connector defining the optical signals conveyed from the first connector is deflected in a direction away from the first longitudinal axis, the light conveyed from the first connector thereby intersecting the first photodiode, and wherein an end of the second connector optical fiber includes a second facet defining a plane at an angle transverse to a second longitudinal axis of the second connector optical fiber such that light conveyed from the second connector defining the kcoptical signals conveyed from the second connector is deflected in a direction away from the second longitudinal axis, the light conveyed from the second connector thereby intersecting the second photodiode.

40. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising: an optical filter module, the first optical filter and the second optical filter being parts of the optical filter module;

a first connector optical fiber extending between the first connector and the optical filter module;

a second connector optical fiber extending between the second connector and the optical filter module,

wherein the first and the second connection optical fibers are configured for conveying portions of optical signals through the optical filter module and between the first connector and the second connector, and

wherein remaining portions of the optical signals conveyed from the first connection optical fiber are received by the first photodiode or the second photodiode and the remaining portions of the optical signals conveyed from the second connection optical fiber are received by the other of the first and the second photodiode.

41. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 40, wherein the remaining portions of the optical signals received by the first photodiode are conveyed from the first optical filter or the second optical filter and the remaining portions of the optical signals received by the second photodiode are conveyed from the other of the first and the second optical filters.

42. The optical connection identification assembly of claim 40, further comprising: a first filter optical fiber extending between the optical filter module and the first photodiode; and

a second filter optical fiber extending between the optical filter module and the second photodiode,

wherein the first and the second filter optical fibers are configured for conveying optical signals from the optical filter module to the first and the second photodiodes, respectively.

43. The optical fiber connection identification assembly of claim 40, wherein the first and the second connectors and the optical filter module are aligned to define a linear longitudinal axis that extends through each of the first and the second connectors and the optical filter module.

44. The optical fiber connection identification assembly of claim 30, further comprising:

either one or both of (i) a first beam splitter and a third photodiode and (ii) a second beam splitter and a light source, the first beam splitter being between the first connector and the first optical filter and the third photodiode being attached to a signal indicator, the first beam splitter being configured to convey optical signals conveyed from the second beam splitter and the first connector to the third photodiode, and the first signal indicator being configured for indicating the conveyance of optical signals to the first optical filter, and the second beam splitter being between the second connector and the second optical filter and the light source being configured for emitting optical signals towards the second beam splitter in response to a known electrical signal input, the second beam splitter being configured to convey the optical signals emitted from the light source to the second connector and to the first optical filter.

45. The optical fiber connection identification assembly of claim 44, wherein the signal indicator is a light-emitting diode (LED).

46. The intelligent optical fiber termination system of any one of claims 1-28, wherein the optical termination assembly includes the optical fiber connection identification assembly of any one of claims 30-45.

47. An optical fiber connection identification system comprising:

a first optical connection identification assembly comprising:

first and second connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the first optical connection identification assembly;

a first optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the first connector;

a second optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the second connector, the first and the second optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a first photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the first optical filter; and

a second photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the second optical filter,

wherein the first and the second connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the first and the second connectors are conveyed to each of the first and the second optical filters and to each of the first and the second photodiodes,

wherein the second optical filter conveys modulated optical signals to the second connector in response to a known electrical signal input;

a second optical connection identification assembly comprising:

third and fourth connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the second optical connection identification assembly;

a third optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the third connector;

a fourth optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the fourth connector, the third and the fourth optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a third photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the third optical filter;

a fourth photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the fourth optical filter; and

an optical signal detection circuit configured for receiving the modulated optical signals from the second connector to confirm optical power is being supplied from the first optical connection identification assembly,

wherein the third and the fourth connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the third and the fourth connectors are conveyed to each of the third and the fourth optical filters and to each of the third and the fourth photodiodes; and

an intermediate optical fiber connected to and extending between the first and the second optical connection identification assemblies.

48. The optical fiber connection identification system of claim 47, wherein the first optical connection identification assembly further comprises a heat source configured for heating the second optical filter to control the modulation of the modulated optical signals conveyed from the second connector in response to the known electrical signal input.

49. The optical fiber connection identification system of claim 47, wherein the first optical connection identification assembly further comprises a vibratory actuator configured for vibrating the second optical filter to control frequency or amplitude modulation of the modulated optical signals in response to the known electrical signal input.

50. The optical fiber connection identification system of claim 47, wherein optical signals conveyed from the second optical filter are received by the third photodiode via the second connector, the third connector, and the intermediate optical fiber.

51. An optical fiber connection identification system comprising:

a first optical connection identification assembly comprising:

first and second connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the first optical connection identification assembly;

a first optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the first connector;

a second optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the second connector, the first and the second optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a first photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the first optical filter; and

a second photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the second optical filter,

wherein the first and the second connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the first and the second connectors are conveyed to each of the first and the second optical filters and to each of the first and the second photodiodes;

a light source configured for conveying optical signals through the second connector different than the optical signals conveyed from the second optical filter;

a second optical connection identification assembly comprising:

third and fourth connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the second optical connection identification assembly;

a third optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the third connector;

a fourth optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the fourth connector, the third and the fourth optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a third photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the third optical filter;

a fourth photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the fourth optical filter; and

an optical signal detection circuit configured for receiving the optical signals from the light source to confirm optical connectivity between the first and the second optical connection identification assemblies,

wherein the third and the fourth connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the third and the fourth connectors are conveyed to each of the third and the fourth optical filters and to each of the third and the fourth photodiodes; and

an intermediate optical fiber connected to and extending between the first and the second optical connection identification assemblies.

52. The optical fiber connection identification system of claim 51, wherein optical signals conveyed from the light source are received by the third photodiode via the second connector, the third connector, and the intermediate optical fiber.

53. The optical fiber connection identification system of claim 51, wherein the light source is a light-emitting diode (LED).

54. An optical fiber connection identification system comprising:

a first optical connection identification assembly comprising:

first and second connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the first optical connection identification assembly;

a first optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the first connector;

a second optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the second connector, the first and the second optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a first photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the first optical filter; and

a second photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the second optical filter,

wherein the first and the second connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the first and the second connectors are conveyed to each of the first and the second optical filters and to each of the first and the second photodiodes;

a third photodiode configured for receiving a known electrical signal input;

a first beam splitter between the second optical filter and the second connector; a light source driven by the third photodiode and configured for emitting optical signals towards the first beam splitter in response to the known electrical signal input, wherein the first beam splitter is configured for conveying the optical signals emitted from the light source to the second connector and to the first optical filter;

a second optical connection identification assembly comprising:

third and fourth connectors for conveying optical signals within and away from the second optical connection identification assembly;

a third optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the third connector;

a fourth optical filter configured for conveying an optical signal to and from the fourth connector, the third and the fourth optical filters being configured for conveying optical signals between each other;

a fourth photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the third optical filter;

a fifth photodiode configured for receiving an optical signal from the fourth optical filter,

wherein the third and the fourth connectors are configured such that at least a portion of optical signals conveyed to or from either one of the third and the fourth connectors are conveyed to each of the third and the fourth optical filters and to each of the fourth and the fifth photodiodes;

a sixth photodiode configured for receiving a portion of optical signals;

a second beam splitter between the third optical filter and the third connector, the second beam splitter being configured for conveying optical signals conveyed from the third connector to the sixth photodiode; and

a signal indicator electrically connected to the sixth photodiode and configured for indicating the conveyance of optical signals from the first optical connection identification assembly; and

an intermediate optical fiber connected to and extending between the first and the second optical connection identification assemblies.

55. A method of preparing a connectivity map of a fiber optic system comprising: connecting opposing ends of a first fiber optic cable to an existing fiber optic network and to a first port of a first optical connection identification assembly, respectively, to register the first optical connection identification assembly to the fiber optic network;

connecting an end of a second fiber optic cable to a second port of the first optical connection identification assembly opposite the first port;

associating information relating to the second fiber optic cable with information relating to the second port of the first optical connection identification assembly;

analyzing information relating to a plurality of optical identification assemblies including the first optical connection identification assembly to determine cable connectivity between ports of the plurality of optical identification assemblies; and

creating or updating a cable connectivity map based on the determined cable connectivity between the ports of the plurality of optical identification assemblies.