For a long time, the world ran on copper wires. Remember landline telephones? They were essentially strung together with copper wire. Along came fiber optics and everything changed. Copper phone wire had limited bandwidth. Fiber optics offered 1,000 times as much bandwidth over distances 100 times further. Fiber optics were able to pack a lot of punch into smaller, less heavy cables, which gave them a competitive advantage, especially in crowded cities where underground space was (and is) limited.
Why Applications Should Use Fiber Optics
Fiber optics offer many advantages. They can handle a staggering volume of data over long distances. Fiber’s low rate of bit error means it’s pretty resistant to electromagnetic interference. Fiber optics transmit data or signals using light, so information cannot easily be stolen. Virtually noise free, fiber optics come in small sizes– if copper wires were like big, boxy desktop computers circa 1988, fiber optics are like the slim and efficient tablets and smartphones of 2017. Finally, fiber optic cables are made of glass or plastic. They’re thinner than copper cables and easy to install in various places. Fiber cables also have the ability to accommodate more bandwidth if needed.
Why Many Companies Prefer Fiber Optics
So why would companies want to use fiber optics? Phone companies would do so for the clearer phone calls. TV stations would want to for the clearer TV pictures and sound. Computer companies would use fiber optics to transmit digital signals via the Internet. Fiber optic cable, furthermore, can be flexible, allowing it to be used in places where it would need to bend and change shape.
Examples of Industries that Benefit from Fiber Optics
Consider one particular field where fiber optics has really “changed the game”– the medical industry. Fiber optics allow medical workers to see places in the human body in a way that’s easier and more comfortable for the patient than in the past. Take, for instance, bronchoscopes. These instruments are used by doctors to look into the inside of a person’s respiratory tract. A doctor can manipulate the bronchoscope to look for tumors in the lungs. Fiber optics makes this possible. Similarly, endoscopes use fiber optics to help show doctors what’s going on with a patient’s organs– internally. Patients are sedated and the procedure is relatively painless. In essence, fiber optics allows medical personnel to “see” inside parts of the human body clearly, in order to diagnose and treat people with various medical conditions. Fiber optics are small enough, flexible enough, and advanced enough, technologically, to help patients have less pain, less risk and less scarring. Couple that with a faster recovery time, and it’s no wonder that fiber optics have made check-ups, operations, and hospital visits less scary or difficult than before.
Besides the medical industry, fiber optics are used in other industries such as mechanics. If you were to use your naked eye to try and look into a pipe or engine, it’d be hard to see what’s in there. Furthermore, the insides of engines, for example, can get smoky and hot. It’s not the kind of place you want to be sniffing around as a human being. However, what if you could send an instrument into the interior of, say, a rocket engine? Indeed, that happens often, thanks to fiber optics which are used to “see” inside parts of airplanes, vehicles, and even spacecraft. Utilizing imaging systems, workers are able to find problems more easily than in the past, and respond to them before people get hurt.
What about the plumbing industry? There, too, fiber optics in imaging systems make it possible for workers to inspect both water and sewer lines remotely. In other words, a plumber doesn’t have to climb down into the sewer with a flashlight and look around anymore– he can use his somewhat robotic detector to do the dirty work for him. Now inspections can be done quickly, efficiently and more accurately than in the past. Fiber optics allow people involved in plumbing businesses to explore whole systems whereas in the past they’d be limited to whatever section of pipe was dug up in many cases.
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