MISSOULA, MT–(Marketwired – November 07, 2016) – These days it seems that just about everything is getting smarter, from thermostats to refrigerators to factories, and becoming ever-more connected. Each of these devices — physical objects with data sensing, analyzing, and recording functions plus the ability to communicate remotely — collectively form the “Internet of Things” (IoT), one of the latest buzz phrases in all areas of technology. Estimates put the number of these devices, in all applications, at 3.8 billion in use today, with growth projected to between 25 and 50 billion by 2020 and a market size of $19 trillion. Clearly, expansion in the use of smart devices is an unstoppable force, but one thing could hamper this growth — inadequate bandwidth.
While most of the devices that comprise the IoT communicate wirelessly with the world, all the data that they send must be transmitted over a physical network between wireless access points. In the average home, for instance, each of the thermostats, cameras, appliances, and even “Dash buttons” must use the home’s internet connection to send the data which makes them so useful. In instances where integrated AV and home control systems are also installed, the amount of data travelling through the home network via the internet is exploding, and as with any highway, when the amount of traffic increases dramatically, the speed of travel decreases just as noticeably.
So what form of connectivity can provide the data superhighway that the IoT depends on to keep accelerating? Only fiber optic cables can deliver the bandwidth and reliability required to form the backbone of the IoT. The highest performance classes of copper-based cables currently used throughout the AV market, Cat7, can transmit 40 gigabytes of data for distances of 30 m; fiber optic cables, such as Cleerline SSF™ cables, can currently send up to 100 gigs over 10 kilometers, with unlimited potential bandwidth growth in the future. With the number of devices that need to send and receive data increasing exponentially, only fiber optic cables offer the current performance and future-proof potential required to create networks capable of handling the data communications tsunami created by the IoT.
Fortunately, Cleerline Technology Group offers fiber optic connectivity solutions that are just as revolutionary as the conveniences the IoT provides in our everyday lives. Cleerline SSF™ fiber optic cables are stronger than any copper-based cable available, safer for both AV integrators and end users than traditional fiber cable, and faster to install than any fiber solution on the market. These advantages make it possible for every home and business to enjoy the advantages available from the growing network of smart devices in all aspects of life. In order to fully capitalize on the ever-expanding benefits of the IoT, building data infrastructures based on fiber optic cables and their unparalleled bandwidth will be crucial now and long into the future.