HUBER+SUHNER unveils world’s first copperless link to the antenna

Created September 4, 2019
Technologies and Products

HUBER+SUHNER has launched a Direct GPS-over-Fibre (GPSoF) solution which it claims is the first of its kind to facilitate a fibre optic connection to be made directly onto an antenna, eliminating the need for a separate power line. This new capability, the company says, has the potential to revolutionise the remote antenna application landscape by addressing power constraints at the remote end. It is expected to provide significant benefits to installations within the aerospace and defence markets.

Benefits of fibre optic technology

Power-over-Fibre eliminates power constraints by making use of available fibre optic backbones to deliver the required power to the antenna. This eliminates the need for external power sources at the remote end, whilst at the same time, adding all of the benefits of fibre optics into a conventional radio frequency link.

Supplying power to remote antenna locations is a common challenge in shelter and other command and control applications within the defence industry. “Our ability to support rapid deployments by reducing the amount of hardware and enhancing operational effectiveness by providing a truly copperless link, adds tremendous value to these types of applications” says Dominik Ruckstuhl, NPI (New Product Introduction) Engineer at HUBER+SUHNER.

Robust connection

Direct GPSoF employs laser safety features, which are compliant with the IEC laser standards. The use of the Q-ODC connector ensures a ruggedised connection using single mode fibres, which enables link distances of up to 10km.

“The Direct GPSoF solution, featuring Power-over-Fibre, demonstrates the commitment from HUBER+SUHNER to solving real-world challenges in our customers’ applications. We are excited to continue to add value by focusing on innovations in new technologies and technology convergence,” comments Chad Trevithick, head of solutions business at HUBER+SUHNER.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.