New York, November 21, 2021 — Point 2 Point Communications’ / nanoFIBER is honored with 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Homeland Security for their groundbreaking Transit Systems Security Infrastructure Program for armored fiber optic cabling solutions and management systems.
Engineering with a Purpose
Roman Krawczyk, CEO and Chief Engineer for Point 2 Point Communications and nanoFIBER expressed that being the recipient of the ASTOR Award is special to our company. To be selected by a peer of judges as the #1 Platinum Award Winner for our “Best Transit infrastructure Cabling and Management System” is an honor. Mr. Krawczyk states, “we pride ourselves as the brand you trust, and safety is paramount.” Roman further explains, “therefore, much goes into how we engineer products.
We start with an idea that needs to answer the following two questions. Firstly, does our engineering solution have importance to our target clients? This is critical. It is the ability to view any object of engineering from multiple perspectives, to recognize the cultural, ideological, and cognitive frames we bring to understanding a problem and developing a solution. Secondly, is our idea valuable to our audience or end-user and will it change their view of the world? This important question relies on engineering principle of taking something that exists and making it better.
All our production engineering goes through the process of how does our product help with human safety, strategic preservation, and efficiencies? Furthermore, will the product last over time and be future proof? We also believe that sustainable productions strategies must be localized. Simply put… the shortest distant between two points is a straight line. It goes against logic of producing products on one continent and shipping to another is not efficient. Less transportation is better. Proximity strategy which is localized and uses the least amount of energy produces a sustainable solution. Therefore, our engineers bear these principles in mind when developing products and solutions for our clients.”
Future of Transit Systems & Goals
Subway transit systems are in a constant state of evolution. Changes and growth in urban markets dictate route expansions and station upgrades to the adoption of new payment systems, ticketing apps, advertising platforms, rider alerting systems. Be mindful of the last 2 years where added safety protocols of PPE usage and daily clean cars and stations in response to COVID-19. While each change on its own is an improvement, it can be challenging to manage multiple point solutions running on conflicting technologies. It is hard and time-consuming to introduce new innovations when systems are in a state constant flux.
Maximizing the communications network into a multi-use platform over a system-wide transit operations will support streamline modernization. By streamlining the delivery of new features will reduce costs as there is no need to duplicate or add redundant hardware to support various applications.
Transit IT teams can use current mobile internet connectivity and add new experiences to systems, data to devices and analytics to infrastructure. The goal of creating a dynamic sense-and-respond system that lowers costs, increases flexibility, and boosts ridership.
Challenges of increased revenue and ridership
It is safe to say that the transit system transports millions of riders and rely on the subway as their means of travel. However, many people choose the automobile as a faster and more direct means of transportation. The market proliferation generated by the healthier choice of cycling or walking as a more environmentally friendly solution. In comparison to the online retailers who compete for sales based on convenience; transit authorities must compete for riders by delivering a continually better experience at all points of their journeys.
Analytics can deliver a smarter, safer, and smoother experience for the ridership. This can be accomplished by analyzing the information from digital cards at turnstiles, can help authorities gain an understanding of how they can improve their passenger experience — and that better experience can convert into ridership growth.
Smart transit and the station of the future
Applications running over a smart transit network can convert individual stations and vehicles into smart hubs with monitoring, automation, and real-time management, for better service and a better commuter experience — evolving them into true stations of the future.
Transit authorities can become the catalyst for creating connected cities, enabling connectivity and economic growth through the provision of a high-capacity, high-availability, multi-use communications network.
Current Transit Challenges & Objectives
The Transit System installs and maintains thousands of miles of cabling throughout the subway lines to support these new infrastructures and multi-use communication networks. However, cables are prone to human interference, vermin attack as well as wear and tear throughout the tunnels. The need for a cable that can offer protection as well as high standards is a necessity. The transit system needs to install a cable that will minimizes signal loss that may interfere with transportation system.
Transit Fiber Optic applications
The security, bandwidth and availability of the Transit Wireless fiber optic network make it the ideal delivery system for a range of critical applications:
|Managed private networks
|Secure high-speed medical imaging transmission Carrier grade, high-speed Ethernet
|Dark fiber services
|Critical fiber applications
|Wavelength (Wave Division Multiplexing) transport for applications that demand high bandwidth
|Financial transactions and electronic trades
|Enterprise buildings/Wide Area Networks (WAN)
|Outdoor DAS network connectivity
|Outdoor DAS network connectivity
|Colocation Data Centers
nanoFIBER Considerations in Plan Development
The subway system’s objective in expansion or reclamation is to utilize the latest technologies from security, data centers, DAS, Wi-Fi, and digital signage. Other key features are the multiple UBS ports and standard power outlet for charging phones, tablets, and laptops on subway platforms. We also consider the subway system objective is to source a fiber optic solution that will meet the needs of smallest outer diameter and can meet all required specifications and external conditions from Riser, Plenum, Indoor/Outdoor, Direct Burial, Industrial and Harsh Environments as well as added water block for underground conduits when necessary. Another consideration is the Norwegian rat population in the subway tunnels and eating through the cables. Lastly, the human element of safety by providing an outer LSZH jacket that is not toxic when burned.
nanoFIBER Armored Fiber Optic Cabling Solutions
The stainless-steel armoring deploys a patent pending coiling technology that wraps around the inner jacket of the fiber optic cable. This protects the bend radius, poor installation practices, as well as handling that can impede the performance and cause signal loss of the fiber optic cable.
Several key factors are considered in developing a cabling solution and management systems for transit subways. Can we provide an armored fiber solution with the smallest outer diameter for both antiquated pathways and conduits with limited space? We also needed to consider the pulling and tension when installing. Plus, providing an outer jacket solution that would not give off toxic fumes in case of a fire. Lastly, the Norwegian rats may be the worst of the intruders as they have taste for the cables. They have been menacing subway systems and gnawed through all types of cables for decades causing tremendous damage and interrupting the signal throughout the transit system. The stainless-steel armor is impenetrable to these attacks and has protected fiber optic from signal loss.
nanoFIBER optic armored cables can provide the transit system with the smallest outer diameter (OD) secure cable that is crush resistant, tamper resistant Point 2 Point’s nanoFIBER is 65% smaller in size and 75% lighter than standard Aluminum Interlock Armor (AIA) and easy to install as a one-man project. A standard 1000-foot 12 strand spool of AIA can weigh 395lbs and has a 13.9mm outer diameter versus nanoFIBER that weighs 99lbs and has only a 5.5mm outer diameter. The added toughness and strength of the nanoFIBER makes pushing and or pulling the nanoFIBER through conduits, aerials or even under the ground a time saving and user-friendly solution. The stainless-steel armoring IS a conduit. Therefore, not only does it offer the smallest footprint within a pathway but also saving future space for upgrades. Moreover, nanoFIBER can be a standalone conduit that saves time and money for the subway systems.
The armored fiber cables can be housed as a single strand for transit digital signage to building management systems (BMS) as well as multiple strands of up to 144 strands or more to support all security needs. The nanoFIBER is easy to splice and faster to terminate for custom solutions versus standard AIA. Since the OD is the same as non-armored fiber cable sizes, nanoFIBER is a perfect replacement for all the fiber needs.
nanoFIBER is designed to protect the Corning ClearCurve™ & InfiniCore™ Glass as a standard with universal usage. The smallest armor OD and very high flexibility allows for easy installations into tight paths and bends. The fibers include OS2, OM1, OM3, OM4 and OM5 from 1 to 144 Strands (250u/900u/Ribbon) to meet all needs of the transit system. The Multi-strand pre-termination is available with MTP/MPO, LC, SC, ST, MU, etc. to meet all marketable needs. The Jackets are available for Riser, Plenum, Indoor/Outdoor, LSZH EU Certified B2 level, Direct Burial, Industrial, as well as Harsh Environments that occurs in the subway tunnels.
Human Safety Protocols
Additional benefits of the nanoFIBER cable are the use of our UL listed highest-level EU B2 certification for low smoke zero halogen outer jacket that provides the best solution to protect life in case of a fire in the subway system. For the subway system, nanoFIBER cables can be buried, covered with concrete, aerial and used underwater. nanoFIBER™ is now the world’s leading cable manufacturer of the best armored fiber cable with highest level LSZH EU certifications for permanent building structures, aircrafts, cruise ships or any structures that houses dense populations. nanoFIBER™ has passed the stringent EU testing for fire and awarded the high level B2. EuroClass rating nanoFIBER™: B2ca-s1,d1,al. Cables incorporated as a permanent part of the building construction need to be constructed and tested in accordance with CPR and based on smoke production, flaming droplets, and acidity. Europe has set the highest standard for installation of fiber and nanoFIBER™ can be specified in any project with this certification as best in class cabling. The new European Construction Products Regulations (CPR) is a unique turning point to enhance the level of safety by ensuring reliable information on construction products in relation to their fire performances. Being the pioneer of the nanoFIBER armored cable industry, we have always been committed to protect quality standards, and to develop best in class fire resistant and low fire hazard cables and systems to prevent and reduce risks, improving safety conditions in case of fire.
Power Over Fiber and Security Protocols
nanoFIBER stainless-steel armored Power Over Fiber SingleMode cables provides the transit camera systems with protection from intruders. Available in a variety of glass types and strand counts, the fiber component is designed as needed. The “Power Cables” can be 2, 3, or 4 conductors with 12 AWG to 22 AWG options. The basic construction is two (2) strands of Singlemode Fiber with 18 AWG/2 conductors all under one (1) outdoor jacket. The plenum-rated power over fiber optic cable is designed for an all-in-one cable solution for the subway security camera connectivity.
Nowhere are the advantages of nanoFIBER™ armored optics—low loss, high bandwidth, and immunity to electrical interference—more important than in security systems, especially surveillance cameras. As crime and terrorism have become more worrisome around the world, a major deterrent has been continuous monitoring of subways looking for suspicious behavior and recording actions to deter or capture perpetrators. nanoFIBER™ is the only stainless-steel armor solution that will protect the cable from most harsh environments, slows cable cutting and infinitely beneficial versus non armored fiber cables.
Custom Assembly Solutions
Additionally, nanoFIBER custom assembly division engineers the cabling solutions to meet all specifications and requirements for the project. This includes the outer Jackets, type of armored fiber optic cables, specialized strand counts up to 288 strands, all types of Connectors and all custom lengths. nanoFIBER’s expertise on blue printing the solution ensures efficiencies with nominal loss in final assemblies.
Localized Production Solutions
The United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. USMCA is mutually beneficial for North American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. The new Agreement, which entered into force on July 1, 2020, will create a more balanced environment for trade. Each of the fibers are tested 100% to ensure they exceed the industry requirements and quality standards Telcordia GR-20: Outside plant cables. Telcordia GR-409 Indoor plant cables, and IEC 60794 Compliant. Quality raw material are manufactured in the United States or North America the production processes follow the Telcordia and RUS. American standards, which allows us to offer a high-quality cable and short production schedule with sound fuel efficiencies.
Cabling Management Systems
nanoFIBER designs centralized patching and armored nanoFIBER trunk cables, cassettes, trays, brackets, cabinets, and patch panels to create an “easy-to-maintain” AND install network environment. In terms of cable management, we offer patent pending brackets and racks that organize the transit system’s IT & data center cables and support wires in way that alleviates tension on the connectors, improving cable integrity and preventing the loss of data packets. The “Plug-and-play” solutions are assembled here in America with nanoFIBER armored trunk cables and hydra configurations that are pre-tested, pre-labeled, and pre-terminated to simplify maintenance and installation. Well-designed products from nanoFIBER will result in easier, cleaner, and more efficient IT, DAS, broadband, security, and digital signage within the transit system.
The new plastic design makes the cassette a lighter & easier assembly versus metal cassettes. Easier to assemble in our patent pending distribution trays. The plastic designed cassette modules have higher density and more ports per tray versus metal cassettes. Plus, there is no conductive heat from the plastic cassettes. The sustainable repurposing of plastic from a York County PA factory adds renewal efficiencies to the modular plastic cassettes. 1U Tray and Rack system fits virtually all standard size cabinets, holds up to four 12-fiber cassettes, or six 8-fiber cassettes, is completely made in America with machined hardware and is designed for easy installation. The rear of the rack is designed to allow for easy access to connections. Meanwhile, each of the three cassette trays slide forward and back to help manage connectivity tasks from the front. One rack with three trays of cassettes would help manage and organize up to 144 fiber connectors.
nanoFIBER Game Changing Application Solution
nanoFIBER engineers and key partner developed the latest in application cabling designed to change how fiber optics can adhere to indoor/outdoor surfaces. This production engineering process of strategic preservation, product longevity, future proofing, sustainable distribution that is localized and efficient will become a new method of applying fiber to many surfaces from roadways, outdoor plants, stadiums, buildings, malls etc. Transit system will test this application process that will drastically reduce cost, faster to apply over long distances without the need of conduits or pathways.
nanoFIBER takes pride in being on the forefront of technologies and continue to work with industry leaders, associations, and clients who expect hassle-free, easy to use installation solutions that is sustainable for years to come. Please call us 631.338. 4373 or sales@nanoFIBER.com
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