New discoveries are rapidly increasing the speed and reliability of internet and telecom connections. Leading the future of communication are digital photonic technologies. Photonics is the science of creating, controlling, and detecting photons or quanta of light. This power of light is revolutionizing the way companies in a wide range of industries do business. Manufacturing industries are greatly benefiting from fiber optic applications as more precise and repeatable processes are made possible. Fiber optic technology is also driving massive bandwidth growth due to the superiority of light in quickly transferring large data sets over vast communication networks.
Using fiber optic cables eliminates the need to use electrical connectivity to transmit data. Instead, utilizing photons allows for a high travelling data transmission speed. Fiber optic cables move data by transmitting pulses of light to act as an electromagnetic carrier wave modulated to carry information. Photonics enhance the ability of fiber optics to send large volumes of information without experiencing bottlenecks. Light signals enable faster connections between data centers and have the increased bandwidth necessary to accommodate larger and larger data volumes.
New photonic technologies have also increased the speed and reliability of Internet and telecom connections. With the foundation of a strong optical fiber platform infrastructure, leveraging these innovative technologies will allow businesses to gain significant efficiency boosts.
Digital photonics offers a wide range of benefits that extend to both residential and commercial use. Digital Trend reports that upwards of $600 million–$110 million contributed by the US government and $500 million by a conglomerate of American companies–has been directly invested in digital photonics to push potential applications into the manufacturing communications industry. This has resulted in increased yields and decreased downtime by enabling unprecedented levels of precision and real-time feedback.
Photonic lasers allow for crafted-to-a-precision measuring in the tens of nanometers. This method of precision component manufacturing makes the building of miniature sensors and microprocessors possible, but is also being used in the assembly of larger products, such as cars or medical equipment.
The question now is how can this new photon technology be used? The answer is fiber optic communications and large interconnected sensor networks. Fiber optics technology now has the capability to move data with speeds up to 400Gbit/s of data transmitted through a single channel. With new discoveries always on the horizon, data transmission rateswill continue to increase as well as increasing security and reliability.
Digital photonics are the arteries of many IoT innovations. For instance, sensors, RFID chips, and smart beacons are used to collect and transmit IoT information, and they rely heavily on photonics for their internal connectivity. Another example is smart technologies which utilize digital photonics to monitor air quality, locate fires, control street lights for emergency vehicles, collect occupancy data, as well as other applications such as parking locators. And in smart homes, photonics help regulate heating and cooling systems more accurately, and enable control on previously unconnected appliances like toasters, coffee makers, or refrigerators. With the speed and reliability provided by a fiber optic network, vital information from sensors can be transmitted to businesses and homes which can be processed into real-time, actionable insights.
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Author: Kevin Rauscher