Optolux® - the sustainable indoor network

The Optolux® indoor network is built around Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) as data carrier. You will install a completely copper free data networks in just a fraction of the time, with equal or  better performance than a traditional UTP cable networks. 

Sustainability of POF cable is much better than copper based UTP, and combined with huge savings on amount of cables, you will realize a CO2 footprint reduction of your installed network with up to 90%.

The most important benefits:

Reduced CO2 footprint

A ring topology requires substantially less cable to create the data network. Depending on variables such as size of the building, number of data connection points (data access points), level of redundancy, savings of 80% – 90% of required cabling can be realized.

Energy savings

POF technology uses energy efficient LEDs as the source for its optical data transmission. In combination with its sensitive optical receivers (and the way PoE is implemented), a reduction of 30% – 40% in energy consumption for operating the network is realized.

Easy installation

The POF cable is lightweight (typically less than 50% of weight of UTP), flexible and has a small diameter. This makes it easy to handle by the installer, who will be able to place the cable also on places that are hard to reach by UTP.

Since the POF cable is not susceptible to electromagnetic radiation and non-conductive, the cable can just as easily be co-located with copper (power) cables.

Easy connection

The connection of the POF cable to a network component is connectorless, contrary to the typical RJ45 connector that is used for UTP cabling. Simply cut the POF cable (specialized cutter tools available), split, put both cores into the Optolock™ and push the Optolock™ to secure the cable. A matter of seconds.

Improving your operation

Flexibility

The ring topology makes it possible to add new nodes at a later stage, after the network has been installed and is operational. Simply cut the POF cable at the location where a new node should be added, reconnect the ends of that POF cable left and right to the new node, and an new connection point is added to the network.

Also, the network performance benefits from this new POF ring network approach, compared to the traditional UTP based networks.

Lower (=better) latency

The Optolux® network is based on optical data transmission that provides an intrinsically better latency performance compared to regular (electrical) UTP connections. Even in rings with over 10 nodes, the latency is typically far less than 1ms at any point in the ring.

Improved uptime due to redundancy

The Optolux® network connects every node via 2 independent connections to 2 independent switches. In this way a reduction in single-point-of-failure is achieved that allows for higher network uptime expectations.

Immune to electromagnetic interference (EMI)

The POF cable provides optical data transmission that is not influenced by electromagnetic radiation as can be produced by microwaves, electrical motors, or just (high voltage) power cables. POF cables are very reliable in such environments.

Higher security level

The optical POF connection does not allow for eavesdropping, unlike for UTP where an antenna receiver on the cable could listen in to the electrical signals that are transmitted.

The only way to eavesdrop is by physically damaging (or interrupting) the cable which can be detected immediately.

PoE availability

The POF cable does not allow for providing electrical energy to the connected device. In Optolux® we solve this issue by directly injecting the PoE power (802.3af, 802.3at) at each node, and providing in that way the PoE to each connected device. As an additional benefit, this way of PoE injection is more energy efficient than the PoE provision over long UTP lines with thin copper cables.

Bandwidth availability

The bandwidth in a ring is generally 2 Gbps, that is used by the typically 5-10 nodes that are installed in the ring. For specific situations that require continuous high bandwidth availability, or opposite do not need high bandwidth atr all, this number of nodes can be varied.

Longer distances

The practical distance that can be covered by POF or UTP cables is typically 50m (in some cases 70m, max. 90m). Using the ring topology of Optolux®, each node in the ring boosts the data signal again, allowing for a next distance of 50m. In this way distances of e.g. 250m can easily be bridged while providing 5-6 nodes that are typically required anyway.