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There’s plenty to love about free space optical communication, especially when you compare it to using fiber optic cables. Often, you can set up and manage this communications technology with far less expense.  On the other hand, installing infrastructure for fiber optics can be pricy.  Plus, you also have to pay for access to a communications network.

Free-space optics (FSO) has no such requirements. Although you will have to install appropriate hardware, this system of point to point wireless communication means that you can transmit data and communications through open air or even through space.

Naturally, there are potential drawbacks, namely difficulties with interference. However, the demand for this technology continues to grow.  The result is that advances to improve FSO are creating more options for interested parties. Here are just a few emerging trends you should be aware of.

Speedy Activation

FSO has become a popular alternative to other communications options because of low costs and the ease of transmission. It isn’t right for every communication need, but in cases where point to point transmission is possible, FSO provides an appealing alternative to wired communications and the hassles and costs they entail.

The next several years are likely to see much faster installation of hardware and activation of service. Already, it’s getting faster and easier to implement FSO systems, and the trend looks to continue in the coming years.

Greater Flexibility

Companies that elect to use FSO over other options enjoy a lot of benefits in the process. As technology and services continue to expand and improve, clients utilizing FSO will also enjoy greater flexibility and scalability.  Not to mention they’ll enjoy greater speed and quality of data transmissions. In addition, industry experts are discovering more and more applications for FSO, increasing options for communications and data transmission.

Luminescent Detectors (LDs)

Different technologies related to FSO are under development.  One in particular has shown a lot of promise when it comes to correcting potential issues like interference that disrupts the transfer of signals across open space.

Luminescent detectors, or LDs, can increase both the speed and effectiveness of FSO.  They pair photodiodes and luminescent concentrators to make signals easier to capture.  This, as a result, reduces the need for extremely accurate pointing and tracking for optimal data transfer.

This and other emerging technologies will only improve the practical uses of FSO and make it more appealing and accessible for interested parties. If your company is seeking an alternative to both wired and wireless communications options currently available, FSO has many benefits to consider, and it’s only getting better.

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