At the 2017 Fiber Connect conference (June 12-14) in Orlando, Florida, fiber-optic products manufacturer OFS launched its InvisiLight Façade Solution, which is optimized for low-rise buildings or garden style dwelling units.
The InvisiLight Façade Solution is offered with a 12- or 24- fiber count indoor/outdoor rated cable, which can be installed on the face of a building or tucked behind other outdoor structures such as rain water downspouts. The two cables have a 3.0mm and 3.8mm diameter respectively and can be factory pre-terminated or connectorized on site with a fusion splice or a mechanical connector.
During installation, the cables are connected to an outdoor building terminal that is usually installed at the base of a building. From the terminal, the cable can be installed vertically on the face of the building into the attic and be connected to a distribution terminal from which EZ-Bend fiber-optic cables can be fished down into living units. Alternatively, the cable can be placed along the building facade using clips to pass each living unit with compact slack loops placed outside or inside the unit.
From this point, the optical fiber can easily be extracted to connect to the other InvisiLight solutions to reach the Optical Network Terminal (ONT). OFS' flagship EZ-Bend Optical Fiber is used in the InvisiLight Façade cable and all InvisiLight products. With its 2.5 mm bend radius, this fiber easily handles the sharp corners typically encountered when conforming the cable neatly to the building. According to OFS, the InvisiLight Façade Solution "solves an old pain point of visible exterior cabling or raceways, with a new, virtually invisible approach to placing fiber on and into buildings."
The InvisiLight solution portfolio is a companion to the company's InvisiLight Drop Cable Solution for residential homes, its InvisiLight MDU Solution for building hallways, and its popular InvisiLight ILU Solution for indoor living units. The new products can also be integrated with the OFS SlimBox brand portfolio of modular terminals and closures. Learn more at www.ofsoptics.com.