Is it Time to Upgrade Your Data Fiber?

Manufacturers and data centers are spurring more and more changes in fiber optics technology as their data needs compound. With demand growing, everyone is working to increase transmission rates, lower costs and improve performance overall. New standards and improvements in fiber are continuing to enable this.

Multimode fiber (MMF) takes up nearly 80% of manufacturing and data center cabling needs for short-distance applications. Lower cost links and optical transceivers make it more cost effective than single-mode, which is better suited to longer range applications.

MMF advances in VCSEL and parallel transmission over multiple strands of fiber has supported growth to-date, but wideband multimode fiber (WBMMF) increases capacity fourfold. New WBMMF standards for OM4 are under TIA development, with IEC following up. Other wideband benefits include better support for longer distances, full compatibility with older apps as well as forward-compatibility.

There are a few other fiber innovations on the way, offering more efficiency in space and cost.

  • Wavelength division multiplexing allows multiple wavelengths to travel down the fiber, each carrying data.
  • Fibers with multiple cores could be a solution, if how to splice the fiber of hair-sized cores can be resolved.
  • MicroCore fiber housed in data centers are always encased in trays and don’t need a bulky covering, which can cut cable size up to 75% and reduce installation costs.

As these technologies are released, certified fiber installers can evaluate and propose a solution that suits the demand and growth of your facility.

How Energy Monitoring Can Lead to Profit

Energy is no longer a fixed cost. It can be managed to a company’s benefit by building a demand response program into its energy monitoring system. What’s interesting is that there’s not only efficiency to be gained for industrial and commercial operations, but actual profit.

As energy is in increasingly high demand, the grid needs more and more flexibility to cope. Electricity pricing is typically based on time of day. Users who exceed a maximum threshold are penalized. But utilities are now offering incentives for customers willing to reduce their power use during certain conditions or predetermined events.

Facilities that take advantage of these demand response programs improve grid flexibility and performance, and in return are credited and/or billed at reduced rates. Profit comes from either getting paid by the utility for every month’s agreement to shed load (whether an event occurs or not!), or the
actual shedding of the load for an event.

Every utility’s programs are a bit different and the initial process of granular, real-time energy monitoring and auditing are quite extensive. Contact an electrical contractor for an energy or demand response audit to find out more.

Making Wi‐Fi More Affordable with Geo Verification

Researchers at MIT have developed Chronos, a wireless access point able to detect users’ locations within a few inches. This means rather than hotspot password protection, the router is configured to allow access from only within a specific geographic area. So for example, customers within a restaurant would
have password-free access, while passersby outside would have none.

This new WAP calculates angles relative to a person’s position. Although that’s the same method used as existing multi-WAP configurations, Chronos also multiplies time of flight by the speed of light to get distance. Unlike other systems that can require four access points or more for triangulation, geo authentication requires just one.

This reduction in hardware and installation costs are valuable to everyone, but it also opens up wi-fi technology to smaller companies. What’s so exciting about Chronos is that it has more potential than protecting your wi-fi from outsiders. It could enable similar functions in heating and cooling that would automatically regulate room temps based on the number of people and their locations. Blocking neighbors from stealing the wi-fi is just a start!

What’s Behind Closed Doors?

It’s not only our technology that’s making advances, but our team as well! Find out how changes in our company can help yours too.

WBE Certification – Arc Electric is now certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. Certification requires a business be 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women, opening up the door to new business and opportunity.

Our owner and President Elaine Judd said, “We’ve always been a company run by family, for families, and our female staff are a big part of our success. Being able to reach out to new customers and opportunities that recognize this strength and diversity, goes hand in hand with our philosophy.”


Angie’s List Super Service Award – Our residential team, The Wire Guys, are proud to have won this award for a second year in a row. Angie’s List is a members-only website where candid, detailed, verified reviews on specific project are submitted by our customers, allowing homeowners to also locate highly recommended contractors of all kinds.

As winners we’ve met strict eligibility requirements including daily rating. “Only about 5 percent of the electrical contractors have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Contact our team at Arc Electric at (570) 455-2370 for more info or a quote on your next project.