FiberSafe™ is a patented technology platform that holistically addresses the inherent drawbacks of existing subsea fiber optic systems. The technology platform provides robust and inherently reliable end-to-end harsh environment fiber optic communication network architecture that is CAPEX friendly with affordable subsea fiber optic hardware.
Harsh environment cables such as submarine/ telecom cables have demonstrated exceptional reliability, primarily due to its construction involving protective layers housing the optical fibers. But, existing subsea fiber optic systems involve elimination of those protective layers with, optical fiber break-out, complicated feed-through, and harsh environment loading (including differential pressure loading) of the fragile optical fibers. Additionally, the cable sealing equipment is non-pressure balanced with blind seals that cannot be tested prior to deployment. From a commercial standpoint, existing industry solutions are a) bulky with larger footprint b) non-value adding supply chain and associated risks c) expensive overall system cost.
FiberSafe™ technology is based on a simple premise that optical fibers shall be protectively maintained without being exposed to harsh environment. As a result, optical fibers integrity is preserved from source (such as topsides) to end-instrument (such as subsea equipment).
Optical fibers in the entire network are protected from the effects of harsh environment, by hermetic tubes, protective storage, hermetic manifold, and hermetic fiber connector contact tube string in a gel filled non-pressurized environment. Furthermore, the above stated optical fiber protecting boundaries are isolated from seawater by sealed housings containing pressure balancing benign fluid.
This technology is applicable to any harsh environment i.e., subsea application, land based oil and gas application (shale), harsh terrestrial, space and aerospace.
This novel approach and technology building blocks enables configurable, application suited affordable solutions in comparison to cost-prohibitive status-quo exposed fiber systems.
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All FiberSafe™ hardware are truly pressure balanced equipment, thereby eliminating the detrimental effects of differential pressure applied over the fiber optic system.
All seals in the FiberSafe™ system hardware, including field assembled termination seals interfacing submarine cable, are fully testable to verify integrity of the assembly prior to subsea deployment. On-site seal test options include gas testing, hydraulic testing.
FiberSafe™ technology principles are applicable to submarine cables with electrical conductor and optical fibers. Electrical conductor, electronics/opto-electronics and optical fibers are protectively maintained stress-free in a multi-layer gel filled environment.
FiberSafe™ configurable building blocks and the core technology enables smaller footprint hardware design and installation friendly overall system architecture.
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Configuration flexibility enables packaging possibilities and cost-efficiency with rightly-engineered system that are affordable and CAPEX friendly.
FiberSafe™ was featured as product spotlight in March 2018 editorial of industry rewnowned Ocean News & Technology Magazine ON&T.
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