NEW YORK, May 14 -- Optivera recently announced its first optical networking signaling platform. Manual, offline provisioning methods make lightpath allocations a procedure that takes weeks or even months to execute, the company said. The Signum product family will provide the market with an online real-time signaling technology that handles the entire network. The Signum platform is the first to enable the operator to offer on-demand, real-time lightpath provisioning and guaranteed scalable QoS implemented through a complete signaling solution in any network, said Optivera. Its architecture is based on a set of advanced optimal route algorithms, real-time resource allocation abilities and unique multivendor interfacing technology. Value to the carriers includes bandwidth on demand as well as guaranteed timely services, flexible protection schemes and significant improvement of network utilization. Optivera's Signum technology also supports any equipment, both new and legacy so that it's useful in both single and multivendor environments.