A Little History on Fiber Optics Systems
The ancient Greeks built massive structures and a powerful and successful society. They also built aqueducts that channeled water from springs and other far away sources back to their safely built societies. In fact, many ancient civilizations learned about this farming technique which we have come to know today as irrigation. It was good not just for growing crops but also for ensuring that your society has an abundant water source.
Well, this concept of the aqueduct also has many modern uses, but in some extremely different—and quite unexpected—ways. For one, technology has embraced the concept of channeling energy in the most efficient way; in the form we know today as something called fiber optics. Primecables Canada fiber optics is, to put it simply, a system of data signal transmission which sends digital information quickly and very effectively over vast distances. If you have ever used a landline telephone or even a computer that is hardwired into the modem (to access the internet) then you are likely using a fiber optics system.
More specifically, fiber optics describes a system in which the data is coded and then sent through a beam of light that is contained within a glass or plastic tube. You might be surprised to learn that this technology was first developed for use in the medical field—we know this technology as endoscopes—fifty years ago. It was a technology that allows doctors to see better during surgery, in deep, dark crevasses inside the human body.
Obviously, we found that this technology could be used in much bigger ways and today we have optical fibers contained in glass or plastic with anywhere from two to several dozen strands. Each of these strands is capable of carrying the equivalent of 25,000 phone calls. More cable, then, means better ability to transmit data.
But, again, what makes fiber optics—and fiber optics cables—so special is that it uses light to carry this data through a delivery via electric current. Basically, you hook a laser up to a computer, which translates a command into data that is ready for transmission by light beam; the computer sends the data—through the beam of light—down the cable to the recipient.
And much like video, audio, and charging cables, there are several different kinds of fiber optic cables, characterized by grade and thickness; the variables effect transmission quality, of course.