You may have heard about passive optical networks or wondered how the Internet of Things will impact your building’s future. If you’re wondering about the networking infrastructure in your building and how to keep up with the latest low voltage trends, you’ve come to the right place. Here we talk about how fiber optic cabling is a great match for the IoT and the ever-increasing reliance on multiple devices in the workplace.
What Is PON?
PON, or passive optical networks, use fiber optic cables to connect an optical line terminal to dozens of endpoints. The electrical signals are converted into optical signals and splitters are used to distribute those throughout the network. It’s called a passive network since the splitters do not require any power. Using fiber optic cables means faster speeds, data can be transmitted more efficiently, and there is minimal maintenance cost.
PON & The Internet of Things
As more buildings choose fiber optic cables (over the originally more traditional copper cabling), passive optic networks are allowing for the continued boom known as the Internet of Things (IoT). This allows for homes and buildings alike to more reliably connect to numerous devices and appliances (as technology becomes more “smart”). One strand of fiber is able to replace hundreds of copper cables to support the same number of devices, decreasing installation costs and maintenance upkeep.
For commercial practices, fiber networking supports multiple connections with different bandwidth needs. Fiber that can deliver 10 gigabits per second is expected to hit the market later this year, and PON can split the signal from one strand of fiber up to 32x. This makes PON a natural fit for:
- Malls and kiosks
- Other buildings that connect a variety of equipment to the internet
These buildings can also benefit from fiber optic networks, as with minimized cabling, there is no longer a need to power, heat, or cool equipment between the single source and endpoint, potentially saving exponential amounts on energy bills. According to Nokia, in a new installation with 2,000 connections across 10 floors, choosing PON over Ethernet will cut capital expenditures by 56% and operating expenses by 54%.
PON Installation from Corporate Technology Solutions
As a leader in the fiber optic industry, Corporate Technology Solutions provides expert design, engineering, consulting, and project management for your entire PON, GPON, and infrastructure needs. From the initial installation to continued maintenance of your cabling, we work closely with each of our customers to satisfy their unique specific needs and wants while providing our own expert insight to further improve your project.