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5 REASONS WHY IT PROFESSIONALS CHOOSE FIBER OPTIC CABLES INSTEAD OF COPPER

Fiber Cables or Copper Cables? That is the Question When you are building a network that requires long distances, high speeds, and/or heavy bandwidth connections, there is no question: fiber optic cables win the day. To understand why, and where copper cables may still be the best solution, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. …

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Fiber-optic cables can be used to detect rumbles of thunder: Study

Vibrations from loud events like lightning pass from the air to the Earth’s surface. Underground fiber optic telecommunications, which carry internet and phone service, can pick up the rumble of thunder underground, an advance that can offer scientists a new way to detect environmental hazards, and image deep inside the Earth. The study, published in …

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Light transmitted through wood-based optical fibre

Light has travelled through a wood-based optical fibre, offering the possibility of biodegradable Internet of Things (IoT) sensors or simple moisture monitors. Researchers at VTT made the new fibre, which has a core of wood cellulose modified with ionic solvents developed at the Finnish research centre. The core has a cladding of cellulose acetate. Light …

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How the road network determines traffic capacity

ETH researchers have shown that we can use the structure of urban road networks to predict their traffic capacity. This information enables urban and transportation planners to quantify how changes will influence traffic volumes. People who commute by car will have an idea of what “traffic capacity” means, drawn from their own experience: as a …

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A fast and precise look into fiber-reinforced composites

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have improved a method for small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to such an extent that it can now be used in the development or quality control of novel fiber-reinforced composites. This means that in the future, such materials can be investigated not only with X-rays from especially powerful …

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How fibre can make your business’ cloud migration less of a headache

South African businesses from enterprise to SMEs are beginning to see the benefits of cloud solutions. This is thanks – in part – to the influx of globally recognised cloud service providers such as Azure landing in South Africa. This local accessibility removes much of the regulatory hassle and high costs associated with cloud migration. There …

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The Digital Mine: how miners are turning a vision into reality

As Industry 4.0 moves increasingly beyond buzzwords into reality, mining is leading the charge, with African and South African companies at the forefront of both the creation of transformative technologies and their implementation on the physical and digital rockface. Wabtec, for example, work with several South African miners to develop strong base technologies, several of …

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