Fibre Optic Cable
ACE Integrated Systems recommends the use of optical fibre and has expert technicians on hand to install or offer a wiring solution. Optical fibres are strands of flexible glass used in telecommunications and IT infrastructure that can transit digital signals in the form of light. If these fibres are arranged in bundles, they become an optical fibre cable. The two types of fibre optic cables are single-mode and multi-mode cables. Single-mode cables use laser lights to transmit signals while in multi-mode cables use light-emitting diodes.
Optical fibre is used in telecommunications and is very useful in utilising data for Internet signals, medical imaging, television and many more technologies.
10 reasons to use optical fibres over conventional metal or copper wire:
- Less expensive. Several miles of optic cables are less expensive than the equivalent length of copper wire.
- Because optical fibres are thinner, they have higher carrying capacity than copper wire. This allows a huge amount of information to be transmitted from one point to another. In communication, it will allow more phone lines to go over the same cable or channels.
- Flexible, lighter and less bulky. Because they are lighter and less bulky, they can fit in crowded and smaller places. It is easy to transport and very flexible allowing it to move through every corner easily.
- Less signal degradation. Meaning the loss of signal in optical fibre is lesser than in copper wires.
- Less power consumption because signals in optical fibres degrade less. Unlike copper wires, optical fibre does not require high voltage electrical transmitters.
- Optical fibres are suited to carrying digital information especially in Internet or computer networks.
- Non-flammable. There is no fire hazard in using optical fibres because there is no electricity that can be passed through.
- Optical fibres are lightweight and take up less space in the ground.
- They are very useful in medical and mechanical imaging.
- Safe. There is no danger of fire and electric shocks because optical fibres use light for signal transmissions instead of electricity.