Patent Number: 8,720,460

Title: Field-deployable cable-splicing outdoor-shelter

Abstract: Apparatus and methodology providing, a portable enclosed space in an outdoors setting, the space being free from environmentally-induced distractions. A technician can perform a mechanical or fusion splice on an optical fiber inside the space. Splicing or fusing miniscule optical fibers is challenging out of doors, particularly when distracted b wind, rain, snow, sun-glare, bugs, animals, etc. A tent is supported by a "spine" support structure modularly constructed by the technician in the outdoors location where an optical fiber operation shall take place. A splice-tray is affixed to the spine, the tray height being adjustable to accommodate that technician and provide an approximately horizontal work surface. The tent can be used on soft ground, hard pavement, leaning against utility poles or further supported by attachment to overhead cables. The technician can perform delicate operations on optical cables inside the tent with outside distractions mitigated.

Inventors: Chen; David Zhi (Richardson, TX), Thornton; Walter L. (Waterloo, NY)

Assignee: Verizon New York Inc.

International Classification: E04H 15/04 (20060101); E04H 15/60 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018