The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has urged House and Senate Committees to incorporate advanced technologies that will help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient and longer lasting.
FOSA commended the recent introduction of an infrastructure package by 31 House Energy and Commerce Committee members, the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741). Smart Infrastructure technology will spur continued economic growth.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association, the US’ leading organisation association focused on fiber optic sensing, was one of 11 signatories of a letter requesting congress incorporate smart technologies in order to improve and transform infrastructure around the country.
Frauscher Sensor Technology USA exhibited at the ASLRRA (American Short Line Railroad Association) 2019 Connections Convention, April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from Frauscher’s Technical Sales and Engineering teams were on hand to showcase wheel detection and axle counter products.
...building new pipelines has become a national issue, due in no small part to fears over leaks, a new fiber optic-based pipeline monitoring technology has arrived at an opportune time. Hifi Engineering Inc.’s high fidelity dynamic sensing system provides a fully distributed monitoring
If cities are serious about improving traffic flows…then technologies like [Distributed Acoustic Sensing] DAS have a key role to play in gaining intelligent insights, managing motorways and roadways, and managing transport networks more efficiently.
“FOSA is pleased to participate in ICSIC and then to continue the discussions at our own mid-year meeting in Cambridge,” said FOSA Chairman JJ Williams. “We believe fiber optic sensing will play a critical role in smart infrastructure construction around the world over the next few years."
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association 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.
There is an unequivocal opportunity for policymakers on both sides of the aisle to bring U.S. infrastructure into the 21st century and leave a lasting legacy that will improve the lives of Americans for decades to come.
DAS is an example of how cities can build new intelligence into existing infrastructures, advancing monitoring and future planning capabilities. Augmenting fiber optic cables with DAS platform technologies can provide city authorities with real-time data streams
“The benefit of what we’ve shown is not just for leak detection in pipelines....The [DAS] technology has greater benefits for the safety of the human race, long term.” [explains Dr. Peter Hayward of Fotech Solutions]
…trenchers are efficient and effective digging machines for installing pipe and cable. To keep trenchers hard at work on the job and in peak performance, operators and rental yards must monitor and maintain the machine and components over time. Chain, teeth and sprocket components need to be replace
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, through its submarine telecom division NSW, showcase[d] for the first time, after the merger with General Cable, its state-of-the-art range of products and services for the submarine telecommunication cable industry
Chris Shannon, Fotech Solutions CEO said, “SigmaWave represents the best of two industry leaders and demonstrates how, together, we continue to push the boundaries of innovation in upstream applications – with the opportunity to enable the best of DAS technology for the seismic industry.”
Cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group…has been awarded a contract worth approximately €30 million to develop of a turnkey submarine cable system for EDF Renewables' Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm project in South France.
For remote borders with little or no infrastructure, there are various techniques that can keep an eye, or rather an ear, out. QinetiQ, a British firm, has a system called OptaSense, which uses a fiber-optic cable laid in the ground. Sound from above creates vibrations in this cable.
FOSA has urged the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Commerce Committee to incorporate advanced technologies to help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient, and longer lasting.
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense…[presented] “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during…Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
“OFS recognizes the value of DAS and sees a need for significant improvements in how optical waveguides support this problem-solving technology," comments Mike Hines, market manager for OFS [and FOSA Vice Chairman].
Technologies such DAS...provide coverage of an entire perimeter and raise alerts in real-time, give security teams a comprehensive overview of their operations. In particular, the ability to detect potential intrusions at the earliest possible opportunity
Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)...will allow water companies to digitize their pipeline infrastructure and detect and monitor ruptures and leaks in existing pipes. Through the use of DAS technology — which harnesses optical fiber cables installed parallel to the water pipes
Energy Excellence Awards [Hifi Engineering nominated for Operational & Project Excellence in Pipelines & Facilities]…nominees from across Canada’s energy industry, who through their ongoing work, display excellence….
The Toro Company announced Feb. 15 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held The Charles Machine Works, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation and the parent company of Ditch Witch
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense, will present “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during this week’s Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
Fiber optic sensing technology converts cables installed alongside transport infrastructure, such as railroads or highways, into an array of thousands of sensors which can detect acoustics, temperature or strain signals by using optical sensing techniques.
Chris Shannon, CEO, Fotech Solutions discusses the need to improve transport infrastructure for cities today….Combining cutting-edge photonics, AI and edge computing, new sophisticated distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) platforms can interpret this acoustic data.
An AP Sensing Linear Pro Series DTS solution was selected to monitor two reservoir water pipelines in northern Germany. These pipelines are used to dispose of water leftover from oil and gas production, which cannot be discarded above ground due to its natural, slight radioactivity.
“OFS recognizes the value of DAS and sees a need for significant improvements in how optical waveguides support this problem-solving technology," said Mike Hines, Market Manager for OFS, [and FOSA Vice Chairman]. “AcoustiSens helps by meeting the challenge of greatly increasing Rayleigh backscatter
Many land and undersea oil operations rely heavily on temperature sensing for improved safety and functionality in harsh environments. Silica-based optical fibers have been increasingly used for distributed temperature and acoustic sensing applications….In recent work, OFS performed an experimental
NKT Photonics is introducing the Koheras HARMONIK system: A high-power, frequency-converted and ultra-low noise laser system offering up to 7 W output. With a market leading low phase noise and narrow linewidth at 775-780 nm, it is ideal for ultracold atom applications.
For intrusion detection, OptaSense uses a distributed acoustic sensing setup that analyzes the Rayleigh scattering....The strain signature of a fiber-optic cable around 50 km long can be deconvolved to detect movement at distances of around 10 m from the fiber with a 1 m accuracy.
Focus, a leading German business magazine, ranked AP Sensing as one of its Top Employers of 2019. AP Sensing achieved the outstanding position of 11th in the industry segment of ‘machinery and equipment,' an important industry in Germany. The survey ranked 750,000 German companies.
At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin is using dark fiber to measure seismic signals. Dr. Ajo-Franklin’s team gained permission to access a section of a dark fiber network between Sacramento and Calusa, California.
We can tell where the leak is detected and when,” says Steven Koles, president of Hifi Engineering in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hifi uses a specialized fiber-optic sensing technology to measure sound, temperature changes and kinetic energy – movement and vibration – in pipelines.
Legendary Railway Signaling and Telecom Engineers who completed five decades of serving across the world making significant contributions in the field of Railway Signaling and Telecom were honored….Global CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology Michael Thiel.
There is enormous potential for our DAS solutions to enable city authorities to improve traffic flows and gain new insights to manage road and transport networks better. [Fotech Solutions] partnered with the city of Calgary.
FOSA recognized Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) as a recipient of FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection, based on the extraordinary leadership demonstrated by Hurd in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective
FOSA, the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, announced the election of five board members, as well as its officer slate for 2019, at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) recognized as recipients of FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection was based on their extraordinary leadership in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective through advanced technology.
FOSA applauds Transportation Technology Center, Inc. study Fiber Optic Availability and Opportunity Analysis for North American Railroads. “The findings of this Federal government study confirm that fiber optic sensing can make significant cost-effective contributions to enhancing rail safety,"
Fiber Optic Sensing Association urges Congress and the Trump Administration to move forward with development of standards for pipeline leak detection technology and other actions designed to enhance pipeline safety in the United States.
FOSA applauded the enactment of “Dig Once” legislation designed to facilitate the deployment along U.S. highways of fiber optic cables for purposes of extending broadband and fiber optic sensing networks.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), today released a brief primer entitled FOSA Installation Considerations for Pipelines.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, urged a House subcommittee today to provide greater funding to the Federal Railroad Administration for testing of advanced technologies to improve U.S. rail safety.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier fiber optic sensing trade association, released details on more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world. The November 2107 data reflects the largest representative sample ever published.
FOSA officer slate for 2018: Greg Williams, Prysmian, was elected to the Board, and Geoffroy Lacoin, Omnisens, Gordon Youle, OZ Optics, and Vivek Caroli, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Inc. were reelected, to serve 2-year terms. Mike Hines Mike Hines of OFS, rose from Vice Chair to Chair.
Fotech Solutions has entered a partnership with Sercel to jointly develop future borehole seismic and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) monitoring technology. Within the partnership, Fotech Solutions will contribute DAS measurement solutions.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier fiber optic sensing trade association, today released details on more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world. The data reflects the largest representative sample ever published.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today applauded PHMSA Administrator nominee Howard Elliott’s focus on technology solutions to address safety issues, including in the pipeline and rail sectors.
Fiber Optic Sensing Association today applauded the U.S. Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for promoting research and development on pipeline safety, including taking the first step in developing a Recommended Practice document for external pipeline leak detection.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association announced the creation of a Technology Committee consisting of industry experts. As an initial activity, the committee will address fiber sensing installation considerations at a high level.
Fiber optic sensing solutions have been used for some time in a wide array of perimeter security applications to detect suspected intrusions. The slightest deviation in the beams of light that are sent through fiber optic cables, which are made up of thin strands of plastic or glass, makes them idea
Over the past few years, Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD) has attracted a lot of attention throughout the global railway industry, Frauscher Sensor Technology officials say. By combining this technology with proven wheel detection systems and axle counters, the company has created a system call
Twelve companies have banded together to form a new trade association focusing on the fiber optic sensing business. The new group, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), officially launched on 24 April 2017, and is slated to hold its first public meeting on 17 May.
For both environmentalists and oil companies, last Thursday was a grim anniversary. April 20, 2017 marked the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which gushed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf Mexico in the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Preventing another
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s first trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, launched today with a focus on educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.
To increase productivity and improve ROI on fiber jobsites, the Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced the MT16 microtrencher. The cost-effective microtrencher creates an ideal trench in a single, quick and efficient pass when working with the Ditch Witch RT55 or R
Southern California Gas Company has officially announced that the company will be one of the first natural gas utilities in the United States to incorporate innovative fiber optic cable technology to detect impacts and leaks along its transmission and high-pressure pipeline system.