Fiber Optics: A More Secure Solution
There are many advantages to fiber optic solutions. Compared to copper, fiber is lightweight, flexible and smaller. Additionally, fiber solutions provide stronger EMI and RFI immunity and better data transmission rates than copper. But one benefit of fiber that we don’t hear about as much is the security it offers. Yes, fiber optic solutions are much more secure than copper ones. Because they are so secure, they are ideal for a variety of applications where security is critical, including jam/hack-proof communications, intrusion detection, cyber security, and more. Keep reading to learn more about fiber optics for security.
What Makes Fiber Secure?
Unlike copper, broken or damaged fiber can be detected very quickly. This makes it easier to diagnose and resolve application issues before performance is impacted severely. Additionally, fiber doesn’t short out like copper does, which can result in a fire. These advantages make fiber the safer choice in fiber optic solutions and applications.
Dave Tremper, Director of Electronic Warfare for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has made electronic protection one of his top priorities starting in 2021 and moving forward. Implementing more fiber solutions is one of the best ways to strengthen electronic protection.
More Secure Applications
Fiber brings additional layers of security to a variety of applications, including those listed below.
Fiber harness bundles support jam/hack-proof communications by making the signal easier to commandeer.
Fiber does not require outdoor power or electronics, making it an ideal choice for intrusion detection applications. When fiber is used in place of copper or conductive materials, these applications are immune to EMI disruption. Additionally, fiber is safe in explosive atmospheres.
Fiber optic cables are harder to tap into than copper cables, and they are immune to EMI disruption. Hacking attempts in fiber optics are much more likely to be noticed, resulting in quicker response times.
Fiber optic solutions are used to detect pipeline leaks. Additionally, they can detect ground disturbances from manual and machine excavation and monitor the temperature of the pipeline.
Fiber optics provide increased signal distance in video surveillance applications, and they allow for data multiplexing (i.e., sending multiple surveillance feeds through the same cable). While copper is susceptible to grounding and lightning strikes, fiber optics are immune to EMI/RFI suppression.
Are you contemplating the transition from copper to fiber optics and looking for some help? Timbercon has assisted many companies with their transition to fiber, and we’d love to help your company too. Contact us today to get started.