Five things you didn’t know about Fibre Optic Sensing

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More than just optical fibre

While fibre optics is the future of data connectivity, these silicon tubes wrapping the planet, are capable of more than what anyone can imagine. It will not just transition us to a buffer-free internet experience, but its intrinsic Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) technology is making strides to change the way this world spins.

Its multi-parameter sensing, microsecond data monitoring and wide reach, is not just about photonics and material science, but is a whole new range of application based solutions.

Here are five ways in which FOS will change the course of the future.

5 path breaking use cases for Fibre Optic Sensing

  1. Tackling global calamities to save millions of lives

Rising number of natural disasters pose direct threat to millions of lives. A lot of technological innovations are happening to help prepare before the disaster strikes. But, FOS will become the one stop solution to handle these calamities. Its high sensitivity can detect vibrations and give accurate alerts of any natural calamities originating thousands of kilometres away, giving ample amount of time to take proactive measures and save lives. It can track any geological hazards including landslides, earthquakes, slumps, sinkholes and even changes in hazardous gases in the environment. This can be easily done at no extra cost by utilising the dark fibres already embedded across the world.

2. Critical infrastructure security for defence establishments

Critical establishments that run across international borders like air bases, army cantonments, naval bases need constant monitoring against any kind of intrusion or attacks. Fibre Optic Sensing Technology can provide multi-layered protection to the establishments with a full suite of security applications. Customised solutions coupled with intelligent applications can create truly intrusion-proof establishments.

3. “Set and forget” reliability for machines of industry 4.0

Many industries rely on manual checks of each and every machine. FOS will soon become the technology of choice in an array of industries to give accurate and direct monitoring of data every millisecond, giving it the “set-it-and-forget” reliability. It will be an optimal solution for industry 4.0 applications.

4. Building next-gen urban infrastructure

Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) will create the blueprint on which the smart cities will be built. Fibre backbone will collect data, assess patterns of inefficiencies in city planning and make smart decisions to improve living standards. For instance, smart grids across the city can communicate with each other to conserve energy in places that do not need it and divert it to areas that need more power. Fibre optic networks with acoustic sensors will monitor road and public transport routes to recognise and detect seismic data generated by vehicles to help manage traffic load in cities, highways and freeways.

5. Unattended situational awareness for driving business outcomes

Fibre optic-based pipeline monitoring technology can detect acoustics, temperature and vibration across every centimetre, in real time, giving companies the ability to limit site visits and reduce operational costs. This will be of critical importance in industries like oil & gas where leakage of pipelines can lead to environmental damage, loss of product and loss of life. FOS technology establishes real-time functioning and tracking of pipelines where every leak can be addressed immediately minimising hazardous situations like oil spills in oceans; gas leak in remote locations or populated areas and monitoring rigging activities etc.

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