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Verizon and NEC to Use Network Infrastructure with Existing Fiber Optic Cables

Infrastructure News - Published on Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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In a recent proof of concept field trial, Verizon and NEC were able to use network infrastructure with existing fiber optic cables already laid in the ground as distributed optical sensors to collect information on city traffic patterns, road conditions, road capacity, and vehicle classification information. The trial used new optical sensor technology developed by NEC with software underpinned by artificial intelligence for intelligent traffic monitoring including the measurement of vehicle density, direction, speed, acceleration, deceleration, and more. Historically, companies have had to lay purpose-built fiber very shallow in the ground with fiber grating at pre-determined intervals to gather and synthesize this type of information. Now, with optical sensor technology developed by NEC, Verizon is able to use non-purpose built fiber already in the ground to generate similar data. This new technology could lead to or improve other solutions that support public functions such as helping first responders detect and respond to gun shots and enhancing municipalities’ ability to more quickly and efficiently identify earlier deterioration of bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure.

Mr Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development with Verizon said that “This test marks an important milestone for technology that could provide a huge leap forward for those building smart cities and those tasked to manage them. Instead of ripping up tarmac to place road and traffic-sensing technology, cities will be able to simply piggyback Verizon’s existing fiber optic network.”

Verizon is uniquely positioned to be able to scale this solution nationwide. With hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber already in place and plans to deploy 1,400 miles of additional fiber per month, the breadth of geography where Verizon can mine for data to assist municipalities’ efforts is substantial.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Thu, 10 Oct 2019
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