Outside Plant Consulting Services, Inc. (OPCS) was established in the year 2002 to help meet the needs of the telecommunications and power industries in establishing standards, guidelines and practices for outside plant facilities and products. The OPCS Group provides related support services for field deployment, and product evaluation and analysis. Dr. Lawrence (Larry) M. Slavin, Principal of OPCS, has extensive experience and expertise in such activities, based upon his many years of service at AT&T/Lucent Bell Telephone Laboratories (Distinguished Member of Technical Staff) in telecommunications product design and development, followed by a career at Telcordia Technologies (Bellcore) in its research and professional services organizations.
As Principal Consultant and Manager/Director of the Network facilities, Components, and Energy Group at Telcordia, Dr. Slavin was responsible for professional services related to the telecommunications industry. These activities included technical leadership in developing installation practices and "generic requirements" documents, introducing new construction methods, and performing analyses on a wide variety of technologies and products (poles, duct, wire and cable, electronic equipment cabinets, flywheel energy storage systems, turbine-generators, ...). Throughout his long career, he has had a leading role in the evolution of many telecommunications related fields and disciplines -- including aerial and buried plant design and reliability; advanced construction and cable placement techniques; copper pair, coaxial cable, and fiber-optic technology; flywheel energy storage systems; physical design and development of hardware and electronic and electro-optic systems (telephony distributing frames and hardware, "SLC 96" digital loop carrier, ...); cable media and equipment reliability studies; exploratory fiber-optic hardware development; and systems engineering.