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Fluidata unveils breakthrough water-based internet proposition

Posted by Karen on Apr 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM
Fluidata has unveiled plans to release a water-based internet connection harnessing cutting-edge Hydroptics technology. Hydroptics is the breakthrough the industry has been looking for; low-cost delivery of fibre infrastructure without the high level of investment and time in installing new ducts and hardware. By utilising existing water infrastructure Fluidata has been able to deliver data packets by shining lasers through the water pipe while not interfering with water flow. hydroptic-project-fluidata-diagram This means speeds of up to 10 Gb/s can be supported per wavelength by utilising the refraction of water to transmit the laser down the pipe. This mitigates the need for fibre as glass is not needed along the pipe. By deploying optics within the termination location, auxiliary to a water tap, for example, the laser can be terminated and connected to a standard CAT-5 network. The signal is added to the water flow from the street meaning standard fibre cable only needs to be delivered within a few hundred metres of the home or business premise. Piers Daniell, Managing Director of Fluidata said: “Getting connectivity in the last mile has been a well-documented industry challenge. With the adoption of hydroptics we believe we have the answer to improve delivery times and reach of true fibre based speeds without the costs and time constraints. We believe by utilising existing infrastructure we are able to increase coverage and adoption of Gb/s plus speeds to the home and business.” Fluidata’s Hydroptics technology is currently in its final stages of development and is set to be trialled with select customers this summer.