LED streetlights, changing the way a town feels after dark

From main street to the interstate, technology is illuminating our roadways. Corning Fiber, a New York company, is on the forefront of manufacturing LED streetlights that can change the way a town feels after dark.

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FROM MAIN STREET TO THE INTERSTATE, TECHNOLOGY IS ILLUMINATING OUR ROADWAYS, AND A COMPANY FROM NEW YORK IS ON THE FOREFRONT OF MANUFACTURING L.E.D. STREET LIGHTS THAT CAN CHANGE THE WAY A TOWN FEELS AFTER DARK.

HERE'S A LOOK.

SMART CITIES IS JUST ANOTHER PIECE THAT OUR SOCIETY IS LIVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, IN TERMS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DATA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTIVITY.

IT'S NOT ONLY THE DATA, THE INFORMATION, BUT IT'S ALSO THE CONNECTIVITY.

SO, SMF-28 IS A FIBER THAT ACTUALLY IS VERY -- ITS APPLICATIONS ARE VERY BROAD.

BECAUSE WE COMBINE, AGAIN, THE LOW LOSS WITH THE BAND ABILITY OR THE CAPABILITY TO BEND IN A TINY RADIUS, YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE THAT EVERYWHERE YOU WANT.

IT'S MOSTLY USED IN ACCESS NATURAL NETWORKS.

CAN BE USED IN LONG-DISTANCE NETWORKS, AS WELL.

WHEN YOU GO TO VERY, VERY EXTREME DISTANCES, LIKE SUBMARINE NETWORKS, THEN WE HAVE OTHER FIBERS THAT ARE EVEN MORE OPTIMIZED FOR THAT.

BUT IF YOU GO FROM INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, ACCESS NETWORKS, ALL THE WAY TO METRO -- METROPOLITAN AND EVEN CONNECTING CITIES.

THAT FIBER CAN BE USED FOR ALL THOSE APPLICATIONS.

SO, WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A LITTLE DEMO THAT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF NEOFIBERS THAT ARE BENDING SENSITIVE OR THAT YOU CAN BEND.

BASICALLY, THIS VIDEO SIGNAL THAT YOU SEE RIGHT HERE IS COMING THROUGH THIS LENGTH, AND THIS YELLOW CABLE HERE IS A REGULAR, STANDARD SINGLE-MODE FIBER, AS WE CALL IT.

AND WHAT WE HAVE AT THE END IS EQUIPMENT THAT MEASURES THE LOSS OF HOW MUCH OF THE SIGNAL THAT WE ARE LOSING, DEPENDING ON HOW WE PLAY WITH THIS CABLE.

SO I'M GONNA SHOW YOU THAT, AS I CREATE A BENDING ON THIS OPTICAL FIBER CABLE, TWO THINGS ARE GONNA HAPPEN.

FIRST, THE VIDEO QUALITY IS GONNA START SHOWING THE NOISE THERE.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH LIGHT, SO YOU DON'T GET THE GOOD-QUALITY VIDEO.

AND YOU CAN SEE, AT THE SAME TIME, THE ATTENUATION IS GOING UP, SO THE LOSS IN dBs, YOU SEE 10 OR EVEN MORE.

AS I BEND IT, IT'S MORE AND MORE.

I GOT 10, 30... 13, 15, 20, 25 dBs OF LOSS.

NOW, THE SAME SIGNAL IS GOING THROUGH, AND NOW IT'S CONNECTING TO THIS NEW OPTICAL FIBER HERE, INSIDE THIS WHITE CABLE.

AND IT'S A DIFFERENT GLASS.

IT WAS A GLASS THAT WAS DESIGNED TO AVOID THIS ISSUE.

SO NOW I CAN BEND THE SAME WAY THAT I WAS BENDING THE YELLOW ONE, AND YOU SEE THAT THE SIGNAL IS STILL THERE AND THERE IS NO LOSS.

AND IF I CAN, I CAN EVEN DO, LIKE, NOT JUST ONE, BUT I CAN DO SEVERAL TURNS ON THIS -- ON THIS PEN.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT I STILL DON'T HAVE ALMOST NO LOSS THERE, AND THE SIGNAL'S STILL GOING THROUGH.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE CONNECTIVITY COMING TO PLACES WHERE IT'S NOT COMING TODAY.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE THAT CONNECTIVITY COMING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE SENSORS AND PIPELINES, IN STATIONS, IN TRANSPORTATION HUBS, IN ALL THOSE THINGS.

AT SOME POINT, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE TO BRING THAT FIBER INTO LOCATIONS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET INTO.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE THAT CABLE INSTALLED QUICKLY AND MAKING 90-DEGREE TURNS.

SO WE HAVE SEVERAL PRODUCTS IN THAT AREA.

SMF-28 ULTRA IS ONE OF THE NEWEST LAUNCHES THAT WE HAVE THAT COMBINES THOSE TWO THINGS -- THE MATERIAL, SO THE ATTENUATION, THE LOSS, THE VERY LOW LOSS IN THE MATERIAL, WITH THE CAPABILITY OF BENDING THAT IN A VERY TINY RADIUS AND ALLOWING FAST AND QUICK DEPLOYMENT OF OPTICAL FIBER.

IN THE SMART CITIES, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES AND ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES, AT THE SAME TIME, THAT WE HAVE SEEN IS THE CONNECTION OR THE LIGATURE OF THE SYNERGY BETWEEN OPTICAL NETWORKS AND WIRELESS NETWORKS.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT SMART CITIES, YOU'RE IMMEDIATELY THINKING ABOUT SENSORS.

WHEN YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT SENSORS, YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT SENSORS THAT ARE MOVING, THAT ARE IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS OR DIFFERENT TIMES, SENSORS THAT ARE VERY SMALL, THAT ARE IN -- FOR THAT, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE A NETWORK OF SENSORS WHERE 100% OF THE SENSORS ARE CONNECTED THROUGH AN OPTICAL FIBER.

THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN, SO YOU'RE GONNA HAVE THE BIG MAJORITY OF THOSE SENSORS WILL BE CONNECTED THROUGH THE WIRELESS NETWORK.

SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW IS TO COMBINE THE BANDWIDTH OF AN OPTICAL NETWORK WITH THE MOBILITY AND COVERAGE OF A WIRELESS NETWORK.

SO SMF-28 ULTRA ALLOWS YOU TO PUT MORE FIBER INSIDE THE SAME-SIZE CABLE OR THE SAME DUCT.

SO, BASICALLY, YOU HAVE MORE CONNECTIONS IN THE SAME CROSS-SECTION ARE THAT YOU HAD BEFORE.

AGAIN, THIS IS GOING TO THAT -- THAT LINE OF HIGHER DENSITIES, EVEN MORE BANDWIDTH.

LOOKING TO OUR WORLD TODAY, OUR SOCIETY, EVERYTHING'S AROUND COMMUNICATION, AND EVERYTHING IS ABOUT BEING CONNECTED ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE.

AND WITHOUT OPTICAL FIBER, THAT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.

THE INTERNET WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT OPTICAL FIBER.

SO THAT'S -- IT'S VERY CRITICAL FOR US AND FOR OUR HISTORY.