AFL wins 2 new patents for Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) products

AFL has been awarded two new patents for technology and developments in OCA products. The first is for a rack mount panel that includes a unique fiber management guide region that pivots downward to allow full access to the module storage slots, allowing for flexibility in the field to combine various modules for xWDM applications. The second is for a unique process for creating a cable assembly furcation kit which drives an exceptionally high level of strength and protection of fibers under extreme environmental conditions. It also provides for scaling across a wide range of fibers.

Webinar: Next Generation Data Centers

This webinar looks at the trifecta of transmission speed, fiber-optic media, and management capabilities that make up an essential foundation for next gen data centers. Topics discussed include transmission speeds beyond 100 Gbits/sec that are required to connect data center facilities to one another; the use of singlemode and multimode fiber-optic media; and why a current-generation data center infrastructure management platform is necessary for visibility into, and management of, next-generation data centers.

IoT Community and IEEE collaborate to spur global industrial IoT uptake

The IoT Community and the IEEE IoT Initiative are collaborating on  activities to help accelerate the digital transformation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and to speed the development of IoT for broader adoption across enterprise and industrial sectors. They seek to create a common industry language and framework in the areas of: Industrial IoT and Manufacturing; Smart Cities; Precision Agriculture; Healthcare; Security and Privacy; Computing and Information Processing; Communications and Connectivity, and other areas.

FCC Chairman to lead TIA Panel Discussion on Supply Chain Security

TIA will convene public and private sector leaders at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26, with U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai heading up a panel discussion titled “The need for supply chain security in a 5G connected world.” Panelists will review the global security risks of our current network landscape and highlight both government intervention and industry-led programs that are needed to secure the telecommunications network and supply chain.

Sometimes a Change Just Makes Sense

Network and data center managers have their own favorite brands when it comes to connectivity, cabinets, PDUs and cable management. But every now and then, a brand fails to deliver. That’s exactly what happened at Humana, the 3rd largest health insurance company in the nation. Despite their brand loyalty on fiber connectivity, the jumpers they were using just didn’t cut it when it came to port access in high-density patching areas or needing to change polarity on the fly.

Gathering Clouds to Unleash a Flood of Data: How will Data Centers Cope?

Increasingly, applications at the network edge—Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communications and the like—are generating tremendous amounts of data. Many such applications demand ultra-reliable low-latency (mid, single-digit millisecond) performance. The challenges of coping with this growing flood of data—to and from the edge—are keeping data center managers awake at night. Here’s what we know.

Should Should light leak through the fiber that’s inserted into the connecter when I use a visual fault locator?

The VFL source launches overfilled light that will surround the core of the bare fiber and extend into and through the cladding, flooding the inside of the connector body. This is normal and does not necessarily mean the fiber is damaged. The amount of light can vary by fiber and connector type. To visually check the quality of a termination, verify the intensity and quality of light exiting the opposite end of the cable under test. If the light is weak or non-existent, a damaged connector or fiber may exist.