Applications of FSO

Enterprise/campus connectivity
FSO systems can bridge multiple buildings in corporate and campus networks supporting ultra-high speeds without the cost of dedicated fiber optic connections.

Backhauling for small cells
Small cells are low power and short range base stations installed on lamp posts, street lights and other street furniture. These allow mobile operators to increase their capacity in urban areas and increase their coverage in white zones. FSO links with a small footprint can be efficiently deployed as a backhaul solution for small cells.

Redundant link and disaster recovery
Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and emergency situations require flexible and innovative responses. Temporary FSO links can be readily deployed within hours in such disaster situations in which local infrastructure could be damaged or unreliable.

Airborne Networks
Equipped with effective pointing, acquisition and tracking algorithms, FSO technology can be used in ground-to-air and air-to-air links for airborne vehicles such as aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), high altitude platforms (HAPs), balloons etc.

Video surveillance and monitoring
Surveillance cameras are convenient and easy to deploy, but conventional wireless technologies fail to provide high throughput requirements to support them. FSO technology presents a powerful alternative to support high quality video transmission.

In broadcasting of live events such as sports and ceremonies or television reporting from remote areas and war zones, signals from the camera need to be sent to the broadcasting vehicle which is connected to a central office via satellite uplink. The required high-quality transmission between the camera and the vehicle can be provided by a FSO link.

Quantum cryptography systems are typically considered in conjunction with fiber optic infrastructure. FSO links provide a versatile alternative in cases where the fiber optic deployment is costly and/or infeasible.