FIBER OPTICS – THE CONSTANT IN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Digital transformation not only affects production and industry but it has also inspired the media and event industry for several years. Developments such as VR, UHD/4K or Over-the-Top services make for new and profitable business models, yet they increase the pressure for innovation.
All new media standards have one thing in common: they require new flexibility in content transmission as well as bandwidth that cannot be realized with the usual digital technology. Copper-based systems still define the routines in studios and in event technology. Meanwhile, the future is going IP-based with scalable fiber optic infrastructures that can rise to the new challenges of media technology.
In the future, comprehensive application of fiber optic systems will belong to the basic skills of imaging engineers and event technicians, defining the daily routines. Optical fibers overcome the strict distance restrictions of copper systems, they transport nearly unlimited bandwidth and they have high signal stability with minimal transmission latency.
New fiber optic technologies, such as bending optimized fibers or Expanded-Beam connectors facilitate the use and increase the reliability of image and sound transmission systems in realtime live applications.