In the immortal lyrics of Louis Armstrong, I think to
myself what a wonderful world, mankind never ceases to amaze me with
Butâ€¦ what would the world look like without wires? Wireless
technologies hold a lot of potential for conveniently reaching endpoint devices,
but wireless systems like DAS and WiFi require a fiber connection to handle the
bandwidth needed to connect large groups of users. In fact, it is incredibly
rare today for a communication of any kind (phone, text, email, or data) to
reach its destination without being converted to an optical signal and passing
through at least one fiber cable. Trunk fiber cables stretch across our entire
planet connecting continents, countries, cities, businesses, cell phone towers and
most recently, our homes. It is the backbone of our communication
infrastructure and without fiber optic technology, the bandwidth, security and reach
of information is greatly hindered.
Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), coupled with advancements in the end user
connectivity, enables us to interface directly with the incoming light speed
signal from the service provider. All
over the country, the push is on to land fiber connectivity, right to your
doorstep and a battle is raging between CATV, telephone and internet providers
to become that GPON provider. Itâ€™s hard
to say at this point, who will win the battle, but one thing is for sure, the
true winner is you.
Imagine a world, where there is no need to install thousands
of feet of expensive copper cabling throughout your house or business. Just one incoming GPON fiber line with nearly
unlimited bandwidth and a receiver box that converts everything (phone, internet,
television, security and fire systems, home automation and so on) and youâ€™re in
business, with absolutely zero inter-building cabling and nothing more than a
small electrical power cable to your desktop. Developments in fiber bandwidth
and wireless encryption are making this not so distant world a reality.
No matter who you are or what industry that you work in,
fiber optics and their rapid evolution play a very important role in your
personal and business life.
Automotive and transportation industries have been using
fiber optics for years, but with the recent developments in smart traffic
management, smart intersections, self-driving cars and collision detection/
prevention, things are about to get more intense with the use of fiber
optics. Today, there are typically six
to twelve fibers terminated at a smart intersection, but only a small
percentage of urban intersections can be considered truly smart ready. In the near future, when automobiles begin
directly communicating with intersections, as proposed by IHSDM, the
Interactive Highway Safety Design Model, all intersections will have to be
updated with more fiber cable and the new interactive communication technology.
Industrial Process Controls represent probably the slowest
migration to fiber optics of all industries. Today we find fiber optics prevalent in SCADA,
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems. These systems are used in industries such as
oil and gas, well water management and waste water treatment systems. Basically, networks that by specific geographic
logistics, make connecting test and measurement equipment far more difficult
without the use of fiber cable.
Recently, the chip manufacturers have launched a drive
toward "Board Level Opticsâ€, a concept that will revolutionize how we connect
in the very near future and it all points to GPON. With board level optics, concerns of heat in
computer components and data centers is greatly reduced. We can avoid
converting signals between electrical and optical when moving information from
your PC to a network connection greatly increasing the transmission speeds.
From aerospace to space exploration and ocean science to
deep earth exploration (the other great unknowns), we have a lot to learn about
our wonderful world and our immense universe.
FNT has been playing an active role for the past 20+ years,
in the research and development of fiber optic based technology so that we can
reach to the stars, make history in the depths of the ocean and explore well
below the crust of the earth to what lies in the great unknown. Fiber optics are so important in such
endeavors, because they can instantly transport millions of data points and
remarkable video quality signals for hundreds of miles with an extremely small and light weight circuit.
From street corners to entire city networks, low profile
structures to high rise buildings, hydro dam to nuclear power, high above the
ground to deep below the surface, factories to smart transportation networks, robotics
to building automation and beyond, FNT has been there and done that.
On your next big or seemingly impossible project near or
far, let FNT be your Research and Development Team for feasibility studies,
system design-build, fiber optic equipment supply and installation or
integration services. We have been experts
in the field of fiber optics and dedicated to progress in this industry since
the first fibers were laid across the U.S. in the early 1990â€™s.