The LaserFire® free space optical communications system has solved the critical problems FSO systems faced one decade ago. The LaserFire optical wireless communications system delivers reliable, Gigabit Ethernet data in point-to-point and multi-node deployment scenarios.
The LaserFire® system provides a full Gigabit Ethernet interface link while accepting fiber input/output pairs. The LaserFire® system is not limited to a particular bandwidth, and provides Gigabit Ethernet in standard installations with variability depending on the application.
Lots of time and money can be lost during the laying of fiber, days or even weeks of valuable time spent digging and burying pounds of fiber optic cables with heavy duty equipment, all while having to consider difficult obstacles. With LaserFire, a 5 km line of communication can be up and running in just one or two hours.
Other FSO systems are generally incapable of operating over around 1 kilo-meter, and the one's that have higher distances are still in the mid Mbps's. One LaserFire® link is currently able to operate over 5 km with Gbps speeds and if longer distances are needed, the system is easily relayed from one transceiver to another for long distance and non-line-of-sight applications. With future development the possibilities are endless.
Other free space optics terminals have to be carefully aligned with telescopes to establish a link and require frequent servicing for beam realignment. Due to a patented automatic Tracking, Acquisition, and Pointing technique, the LaserFire system requires less than 15 minutes for initial acquisition and instantaneously for repeated acquisition.
The LaserFire® optical wireless communications system is mildly susceptible to adverse weather conditions and may not maintain a secure link in dense fog, dust, heavy snow, and heavy rain, but ideally has a radio frequency redundancy. Further the system maintains a stable, reliable link over a wide temperature range and thermal gradients and during high winds or on unstable mounts.
The LaserFire® system is ideal for building-to-building, tower-to-tower, or stable vehicle-to-vehicle communications where high capacity fiber optic cable is not advisable. As said before, this system is very quick and easy to deploy and withdraw. The data transmission is not affected by, nor does it interfere with RF transmissions and can be deployed in RF-denied environments.
Other FSO solutions are stationary links between two rigidly mounted terminals. Any change in position, whether from the building swaying, seasonal, or temperature induced expansion and contraction, will cause the link to lose alignment and will eventually lose the connection entirely. The proprietary beam steering technique at the heart of the LaserFire® communication system continually realigning itself and operates within a 30° diameter to maintain an optimal link between the units.
When a LaserFire® wireless communications system is sold, it can be deployed and redeployed as the customer deems fit. The customer owns the hardware and can move it, resell it, or even rent it to others as the need arises. It can be moved around, resold, rented to others, etc. The LaserFire® system is compact and only consumes approximately 50 Watts of power for a low total cost of ownership.
Competing FSO solutions use a large beam size to account for small shifts in the building to maintain their links. This large beam size introduces a security risk because anyone that has a similar terminal can intercept the beam in such a way that the original link is still connected.
The LaserFire® FSO system uses a small, highly collimated beam that is approximately the size of the terminal, along with a graphical user interface (GUI) to assure and assess connection between terminals. If any part of the beam is intercepted, the LaserFire® system registers the loss in power and automatically discontinues the beam. Additional security is provided due to the fact that the LaserFire® terminals use infra-red lasers and it is impossible to know where the beam is at all times.
The only requirement for the LaserFire® system is an optical source. Any network hardware that has a fiber output, regardless of protocol, can be used with the LaserFire system. Further, Space Photonics also provides an intelligent gateway to invisibly convert between protocols for reliable data transmission.
All LaserFire® systems are eye and skin safe at the aperture and meet class 1M laser standards, ANSI Z136.1 - 2007.
Using LaserFire® free space optics allows for quick point to point information transfer without the need for tearing up dirt or trees while burying fiber optics. LaserFire® also uses less power than your standard home appliance.
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