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Fiber Optic Sensing Experts Address Opportunities for Telecom Sector

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June 12, 2017
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Fiber Optic Sensing Experts Address Opportunities for Telecom Sector
Panel at FiberConnect Conference and Exhibition discusses technology and case studies

WASHINGTON DC - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today participated in a panel discussion at the FiberConnect Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

The panel featured FOSA members including Fotech Solutions’ Kent Wardley and OZ Optics’ Omur Sezerman. Together they discussed how telecommunications companies can gain new revenue, improved security and 24-7 integrity monitoring by adding fiber optic sensing to their networks.

The panel was introduced by Heather Gold, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, who provided an overview of the topic.

"Fiber optic sensing is an amazing technology," Gold said. "I think it will play a critical role in the next generation of infrastructure, including efforts to build smart cities."

Following Gold’s remarks, Sezerman and Wardley noted the unique capabilities of fiber optic sensing, which uses laser interrogation of a fiber optic cable to create an array of thousands of sensors measuring changes in sound, vibration, strain or temperature.

"The start of the 21st century brought us the dawn of the Smart Phone and Smart Structures,” Sezerman said. “Now, we are seeing the beginning of the age of Smart Sensing.”

According to Wardley, all operators of outside infrastructure networks face similar problems, including intrusion and system damage. Discussing Fotech's LivePIPE monitoring system, Wardley said "We can tell if an intruder is anywhere near the pipeline. The system hears them, their vehicle, their digging activity, everything. We can pinpoint the exact location on the pipeline giving operators the critical information needed to optimise their security response. With threats intensifying, the need to add a smarter layer of intelligence to networks has become essential for security professionals to protect their infrastructure."

Telecom network operators can take advantage of these same protections and more, the speakers said, referring to potential new revenue from smart city initiatives.

"Around North America, Europe and Asia, there is huge interest in smart cities," Gold said. "Telecom companies are in a good position to take advantage of that interest by turning their existing communications networks into sensor networks. The resulting data could become a new source of revenue. I think a number of telecom companies are looking at this possibility."

About the Fiber Optic Sensing Association. The Fiber Optic Sensing Association is dedicated to accelerating the deployment and use of advanced optical fiber sensing technologies for monitoring pipelines, power lines, railways, borders, roads, and other critical infrastructure and facilities. FOSA members include AFL, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning Incorporated, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line Corporation, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA Inc., Integrated Roadways, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics and Prysmian. For more information about FOSA, its mission, members and programs, please visit www.fiberopticsensing.org. FOSA is an affiliate of the Fiber Broadband Association.

About the Fiber Broadband Association. The Fiber Broadband Association -- formerly the Fiber to the Home Council Americas -- is the largest and only trade association in the Americas dedicated to the pursuit of all fiber optic network infrastructure to the home, to the business and to everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better broadband networks with fiber optics while counting on its members to lead the organization forward, collaborate with industry allies and propel fiber optic deployment forward. Since 2001, these companies, organizations and people have worked with our communities and consumers in mind to build a better broadband future here and around the world. Learn more at fiberbroadband.org

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