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August 1, 2016

Enhancing Security and Surveillance with Fiber Optics

The constant demand for high-definition videos in security and surveillance systems has led to the requirement for a dependable signal of video transmission. Coaxial cables were once a popular choice for monitoring and recording; however, its use comes with the limitations of restricted distance, interference, and the degradation of the signal. Networking, digital and internal protocol (IP) are alternatives that offer the option between high-speed Ethernet or wireless transmission. Another option is the use of fiber-optic cable. Fiber-optic cabling is often viewed as the best choice as it offers increased security, reduced interference, and the ability to offer a large bandwidth across robust distances.

For many years, fiber optics have used light as the carrier to send and receive information over varying distances. The advantages of using fiber optics in security and surveillance include:

  • A decreased loss of light
  • No need for optical adjustments
  • Improved transmission quality
  • Light weight
  • Long service life

Multi-mode fiber is commonly used in physical-security applications. The return on investment is easily recognized as images have the capability to be quickly moved long distances before the signal has to be regenerated. Further, compared to the use of IP-based cables, the bandwidth offered from fiber optics eliminates distance limitations, the loss of information from poor transmission, and the need for corrections in ground-fault, surge protection, and signal amplification.

Fiber optics are a key component in developing and maintaining a fully digital environment. The cost savings are realized in the ability to use current technology for capturing video, storage, and the ability to expand and use high-definition cameras at additional locations. The functionality built into fiber prevents lightening pulses or transient voltages from being carried inside facilities. Potential downtime is eliminated and the life of the equipment can be doubled by this suppression. Fiber optics have the ability to handle massive amounts of digital information across broad distances. This allows for additional growth and development in the amount of data transmitted. If you would like more information on the use of fiber optics to enhance your security and surveillance system, contact us today.