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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Presents at OFC: "Towards 1 Billion Sensors"

March 4, 2019

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Contact: Mark Uncapher

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Presents at OFC: "Towards 1 Billion Sensors"

WASHINGTON DC - March 4, 2019 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) announces that Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense, will present “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during this week’s Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.

“Distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) is a problem-solver for many industries like rail, pipeline, in-well monitoring, and perimeter and border security,” says Dr. Paul Westbrook, Technical Manager with OFS Labs in Somerset, NJ and an organizer of the Photonics for IoT and Sensing Symposium at OFC 2019. Dr. Westbrook added, “With the emergence of Smart City applications, we see DFOS playing a significant role as a part of future telecom infrastructure.”

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DFOS systems installed along infrastructure convert fiber optic cables into an array of thousands of sensors

The presentation will provide a technical introduction to Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing, examples of common DFOS applications and solutions, its major benefits, examples of installation methods, and a look at how DFOS is rapidly expanding to provide billions of data points as part of the IoT landscape.

John Williams, of OptaSense and Chairman of FOSA said, “We’re pleased at the invitation to present during the OFC event in San Diego. We’re also delighted that a large audience of the best minds in photonics will have a chance to learn about fiber optic sensing, the vast networks of monitoring systems we already have in place, and how DFOS may contribute in future telecom networks. As we leverage both new and pre-existing fiber infrastructure, the billion-sensor distributed fiber optic sensing array is not as far away as people think. That’s what gives this technology such boundless potential.”

“This discussion is critical to the future of infrastructure in the United States,” said Stan Fendley, Director Legislative Policy at Corning and chair of FOSA’s Public Policy Committee. “Congress is currently considering huge investments in roads, bridges, water systems, energy networks and other facilities. By incorporating fiber optic sensing and other smart technologies into those structures, they can get more for their investment, including greater structural integrity, increased safety, facilitation of 5G and broadband networks, and a dynamic environment for future innovation. It’s a true win-win situation.”

The presentation will occur on Tuesday, March 5th during a session running from 2:00 to 6:30 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 6C.

FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment.

FOSA Members include AP Sensing, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Hifi Engineering, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Skyview Construction and Smartpipe Technologies. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.

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