Category: Fiber

Smart buildings can do more than cut your energy bills

Microsoft adopted a data-driven approach for it’s Amsterdam headquarters redesign. It tracked the use of meeting rooms and communal areas for six months. The data led to a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of space required. Employees now use an app to locate colleagues and book a wide range of workspaces, including and silent zones. Sensors measure occupancy, temperature, humidity, light and noise levels. Mr Williams says: “We’ve completely redesigned the way we work.”

AZ Zeno Hospital -A Place of Recovery and Harmony

The AZ Zeno hospital in Knokke, Belgium combines high-tech medicine, combined with pioneering patient care. <<We were very aware of the challenges we were facing with high-grade medical images quickly having to be transmitted across the network». This is why Ingenium recommended equipping the operating rooms with fiber optics. The plan also included a redundant server room being connected with a redundant data center using fiber optics. Ingenium opted for multimode OM4 or singlemode cabling to correspond with the transmission distance in each case.

Optics are weak link in industry supply chain, suggests new LightCounting report

Industry analyst firm, LightCounting found that optical component and module vendors had the lowest profitability across all levels of the industry supply chain for the last 15 years. The group’s average profit margin improved in 2016-2017, reaching 9 per cent, but dropped to below 4 per cent in 2018. In contrast, profits of other company types in the industry improved last year. Demand for networking products, including optics was very strong in 2018. So, what is the problem with optics?

Webinar: Development of High Density Loose Tube Cables Incorporating Rollable Ribbon Units

This on-demand webinar looks at how optical ribbon is used to minimize deployment costs by supporting mass fusion splicing. Design constraints on traditional flat ribbon cable structures have limited the maximum cable capacity to 864 fibers in a 25 mm cable. Rollable ribbons were developed in Japan to address the design constraints imposed by traditional ribbon structures. The linear array of fibers is intermittently connected by matrix. The intermittent connection breaks the preferential bending of the ribbon structure and allows the use of design rules for a loose fiber or fiber bundle cable while supporting standard mass fusion splicing.

Webinar: Reuse or Replace Fiber

Is your fiber cabling plant able to handle your next tech refresh? How about multiple generations of upgrades? Depending on the makeup of your existing network and your future needs, the difference between a complete rip-and-replace and being able to reuse your fiber cabling infrastructure will have a big impact on the amount of downtime, expense and headaches you will endure.This webinar can help answer these questions, and show you ways to minimize disruptive changes during future upgrades.

The future of cabling

Technology trends in our personal life are now driving trends in the business world. If you don’t believe me, pull out your work-issued Blackberry and spend 10 minutes writing me an email about how you disagree. The Netflix Model, otherwise known as Software as a Service (SaaS), has changed the way we operate day-to-day business. What will be the next technology trend that changes the way we do business? It’s easy to look at the next five years and say things like cloud, co-located data centers, and IoT (Internet of Things) will continue to drive changes. But what comes next?

Flexibility in building cabling – does the world of work 4.0 really need it?

Flexibility is particularly in demand when companies change their processes in order to master the challenges of digitization. The change in organisational structures has immense effects on jobs. The trend is away from individual offices and towards open areas that create communicative and creative workspaces. This meets the needs and working methods of the “digital natives”. And in view of the shortage of skilled workers, companies would do well, not to shut themselves off from this development.

PoE Pro Tester eliminates guesswork

The new PoE Pro eliminates guesswork when installing, maintaining and troubleshooting networks where PoE is deployed. Previously technicians had to understand all the various standards, device power outputs and cable lengths to be sure a device will operate successfully. The PoE Pro identifies the Class of the PoE source and power available to a PoE device regardless of cable length, cable quality or other factors.

Editorial Guide: Intelligent Buildings

Intelligent buildings’ promises to make properties more energy-efficient and make occupants more productive will only be kept if the physical-layer infrastructure supporting building systems is rock-solid. There’s no cookie-cutter formula for providing such an infrastructure, meaning each application environment must establish its own requirements, then meet them.The articles in this guide discuss several of the applications and capabilities of intelligent buildings, then focuses on the structured cabling and networking technologies that can enable intelligent buildings to fulfill their promise.