FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2019
Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher
Fiber Optic Sensing Association Joins Leading Technology Organizations in Urging the Inclusion of “Smart Technology” in Infrastructure Legislation
WASHINGTON DC - April 29, 2019 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, has been joined by ten other leading technology trade associations in urging Congress to fully incorporate smart technologies into proposals to improve and transform U.S. infrastructure.
The other signatories of the letter are BSA | The Software Alliance, CompTIA, Consumer Technology Association, CTIA, Information Technology Industry Council, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Smart Cities Council, TechNet, Telecommunications Industry Association, and Wireless Infrastructure Association. The letter was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The letter noted: "Technology companies have pioneered enhancements to infrastructure and transportation systems through the use of sensors, transponders, cameras, meters, monitors, control systems, optical fiber, digital design software and construction collaboration platforms, and other vanguard technologies….By leveraging technology in the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure, the U.S. government can help spur economic growth and job creation, incentivize domestic investment, and meet the current and future needs of the American public.”
According to FOSA Director Mark Uncapher, “One critical smart infrastructure technology is fiber optic sensing, currently used around the world to monitor the condition and integrity of many critical infrastructure assets. A fiber optic cable buried next to or attached to the infrastructure acts as a sensor that provides earlier warning of potential issues or monitors the activity along the asset, helping with safety and efficiency.”
THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION (FOSA)
FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment.
FOSA Members include AP Sensing, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, FiOPS, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Hifi Engineering, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Skyview Construction and Smartpipe Technologies. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.