FiberSense in monitoring trials with nbn fibre

Created October 25, 2022
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FiberSense is to provide its sensing solution to a joint initiative with Australian infrastructure operator nbn, investigating new ways to monitor and prevent accidental damage to nbn’s fibre cable network. In the three-month trial, nbn is exploring the use of FiberSense DigitalAsset sensing services to detect certain vibrational frequencies on fibre, along with artificial intelligence to determine whether the activities causing those vibrations are likely to cause accidental damage.

The FiberSense monitoring and diagnostic technologies provides additional levels of insight in protecting this nationally important infrastructure. For FiberSense, the trial marks another step-up in deployment in the Asia Pac region and adds to recently announced new services in New Zealand and across a number of important Pacific sub-sea cables

Dr Mark Englund, Founder and CEO of FiberSense, explained, “We are thrilled by the rapid growth in demand for our sensing capability amongst telecoms operators. The nbn trial marks a further step forward in meeting our aspirations to scale globally. We aim to be operating on all the world’s pre- eminent fibre networks and Australia’s nbn is certainly recognised as one of the “best of the best” amongst other national operators.” “The demonstration will apply our patented software based sensing portfolio to provide early warning and incident detection notifications that might impact critical infrastructure like the nbn from third party deliberate or accidental damage. Our DigitalAsset sensing service helps mitigate the impact of these all- too-common events – especially cable cuts.”

Commenting on the trial, Ray Owen, nbn chief technology officer, said, “as the digital backbone of Australia, the nbn network is constantly evolving as we seek to stay ahead of ever-increasing demand for reliable broadband internet across Australia,” “We are excited to understand how advanced optical monitoring and diagnostic technologies like those offered by FiberSense can provide additional levels of insight into the types of field activities that might be detected and how the response process could work when these activities get dangerously close to nbn network assets. It could mean fewer unplanned outages due to accidental damage and help ensure we are keeping homes, communities and businesses connected.”

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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.