A Halloween Blackout in New England

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  In the United States, Halloween is a time when young children dressed as tiny ghosts, goblins and even superheroes knock on neighborhood doors, repeatedly yelling the benign threat of “trick or treat.” With Halloween retail spending  projected to reach $8.4 billion in 2016, this night has also become one of the biggest unofficial holidays […]


OFS Salutes the International Day of Photonics

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The International Day of Photonics is held every two years to recognize and promote the role of photonics in our world. On this day (October 21 in 2016), organizations work to raise awareness about photonics and the important role that it plays in our lives. In fact, photonics is a key enabling technology for a […]


The Standards They Are A-Changin’

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Recent activity in the TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee produced multiple standards affecting the specification, design, installation and management of fiber optic cabling components and systems. To help providers understand these changing standards, Product Manager John Kamino will take center stage in a webinar sponsored by Cabling Installation and Maintenance on October 27, 2016. During this […]



OCT Imaging Improves Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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In a recent study, researchers from the University Hospital Jean Minjoz (Besacon, France) demonstrated that optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging can more readily visualize the coronary arteries in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and lead to better outcomes when compared to standard angiography-guided PCI. The study found that OCT provided useful additional information beyond […]


Specialty Optical Fiber Coatings: Weathering the “Storm”

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Different applications and optical fiber types present varying requirements for fiber coatings. When specialty optical fibers are used in demanding conditions, the fibers require coatings that are sustainable when subjected to harsh circumstances. In fact, the successful deployment of fiber in these environments can often depend far more on the fiber’s protective external coating rather […]


U. S. Data Centers Getting “Greener”

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A decade ago, America’s data centers were widely viewed as the source of a huge new environmental problem. As internet use grew by leaps and bounds, data centers were creating air pollution and greenhouse gases while guzzling electricity at a ferocious rate. But a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that, from the […]


How Much Fiber Will Be Enough?

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As more devices are connected and new applications developed, the amount of information carried on the Internet continues to grow. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index shows global IP traffic increasing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 25 percent per year. With optical fiber as the only transmission medium capable of […]


Infrastructure Matters

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Fiber optic cabling infrastructure delivers the capacity and reach needed by today’s most-demanding enterprise and data center networks. However, simply choosing optical fiber as a transmission medium does not alone guarantee exceptional performance. As with any infrastructure, a fiber optic cable network must be properly specified, deployed, tested and maintained to meet user needs. In […]


Hold the Presses!

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A former Chicago Sun-Times printing plant is being transformed into a state-of-the-art mega data center. The new center will serve the growing demand by downtown Chicago businesses and clients who need cloud solutions, co-location and other in-demand data center services. QTS, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, bought the shuttered […]