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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Cable Installation Considerations for Highways

November 15, 2019

Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Cable Installation Considerations for Highways 

WASHINGTON DC, November 15, 2019 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), released a brief primer entitled FOSA Installation Considerations for Highways.

"Streamlining and standardizing the distributed fiber optic sensing installation process enhances the compelling opportunities for smart cities and intelligent transportation. FOSA Installation Considerations for Highways gives guidance on best practices," said JJ Williams, FOSA Chairman.

"Distributed fiber optic sensing techniques offer powerful tools for the monitoring of long, linear assets, such as highways," added Gareth Lees, FOSA Technology Committee Chairman. This document is the product of FOSA’s Technology Committee.

The document provides guidance on best practice for the selection and installation of cables for fiber optic sensing along highways, where they can fulfill objectives in various areas: 

  • Traffic monitoring applications including: Average traffic speed measurements, Automated queue detection, Automated congestion detection, Vehicle count, and Support for autonomous vehicle management
  • Mobility applications, including average journey times
  • Hazard detection applications including Fire detection in tunnels, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of civil structures like bridges and tunnels, Road damage detection, Road weather/condition change detection

"Fiber optic cable will provide the technological backbone for a host of intelligent transportation and smart cities applications. This twelve-page primer provides guidance to end users, installation contractors and others," said Mark Uncapher, FOSA Executive Director.

The full text of FOSA’s Installation Considerations for Highways is available here

ABOUT THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION 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, Aselsan, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Graz University of Technology, Hifi Engineering, NEC, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Schlumberger, Skyview Construction, Smartpipe Technologies and the University of California - Berkeley. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.

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