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Liz Goldsmith

Webinar: Trends in Fiber Optics

Learn about the latest trends in fiber optics and their potential impact on design and/or installation practices. Gain a greater understanding of evolutionary and revolutionary trends in fiber like outdoor cable with ribbon fiber, microduct cables, 200 um Fiber, collapsible ribbon, CWDM/DWDM and complex architectures.

The August Newsletter Of The Fiber Optic Association is Online

Among other news, the FOA’s August issue celebrates the organization’s 25 years of serving the fiber optic industry. As its primary source of technical information and independent certifying body, FOA thought it appropriate to create a short history of the organization and how it has developed to help the fiber optic industry. We also wanted to recognize the contributions many people have made to the organization over the years that made FOA what it is today.

Siemon adds ruggedized Cat 6A cabling with high-resistance TPE jacketing

Siemon has expanded its Ruggedized Infrastructure Solutions line with new Category 6A shielded cable assemblies that feature thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) jacketing with superior resistance to moisture, sunlight, temperature, abrasion, and oil and chemicals while offering enhanced flexibility to meet the demand for connecting devices in harsher environments beyond the commercial office environment.

The Digital Disruption for Post-COVID Construction

Like all industries, construction has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being forced to adapt in order to operate in a heightened health and safety environment focused on social distancing. This disruption is fundamentally impeding conventional construction approaches and forcing even the most traditional companies to look for modern solutions. Now, promising digital technologies that have been struggling to break established construction markets are emerging as saviors of post-COVID construction.

Smart Buildings get hyperaware

Converging technologies of IoT and building automation are creating smart spaces that make workplaces safer, healthier and happier. Where IoT sensors can be considered as the eyes and ears of a smart building, it is recently been possible to join building data with context. The result is a “hyperaware” smart building – an instrumented structure in which applications are mindful of the contextual status of the environment, occupants, energy requirements, service needs, security and safety.

What’s an MPO connector?

Multi-fiber push on connectors (MPO) are a single connector that houses multiple fiber terminations, defined by IED=61754-7.14. The MPO’s rise in popularity is due to it’s ability to mate multiple fibers (2-72) within a single connector body, thereby significantly reducing the space needed.

From Cloud To Cloudlets

Cloudlets, or mini-clouds, are starting to roll out closer to the sources of data in an effort to reduce latency and improve overall processing performance. But as this approach gains steam, it also is creating some new challenges involving data distribution, storage and security.