For over 100 years the accepted ways of installing cables have been to bury them underground or string them along utility poles. As technology evolves, more connectivity installed faster is required to the point where the devices exist, so that connectivity and data transfer can occur in real-time. Conventional methods are unable to keep up with these massive demands due to their extraneous time, costs, and hazards to install.
Traditional methods include boring, trenching, microtrenching, and aerial pole hanging. More information on these methods below.
FiberTRAX is generally described as “painting” optical fiber directly on any paved surface. However, there are detailed steps that are performed by an installation machine called a TRAXtor that will install FiberTRAX in a single pass at around 1,000 feet per hour. The FiberTRAX installation process occurs as described below:
Step 1: The TRAXtor will create a small “etch” or “groove” that is approximately 6 to 10 mm wide and 10 mm deep in the surface layer of the pavement or asphalt. The channel helps protect the fiber cable from damage. The TRAXtor will vacuum any debris generated from the channel.
Step 2: The TRAXtor then places a fiber cable into the newly created channel. For past custom projects, TRAXyL has placed multiple cables in the same channel using manual intervention techniques.
Part 3: After, the TRAXtor mixes a Top Coat resin with a catalyst and deposits it over the cable inside the channel. The Top Coat takes 30 to 60 minutes to fully cure and is not hazardous once cured. The Top Coat locks and holds the cable in place and protects the cable from damage and finalizes the FiberTRAX line.
The TRAXtor machine combines these steps into one seamless process that can be completed on-demand. FiberTRAX is a convenient way to install fiberoptic cables to hard-to-reach or underserved areas where trenching and boring are too expensive or otherwise not viable options.
Where there is a road, there is a way. FiberTRAX should be standardized and adopted for fiber optic installations using roadways and sidewalks when it makes more sense to use versus other techniques, and it should be used to connect underserved and hard-to-reach locations.
FiberTRAX is currently installed on numerous Air Force bases, Army Forts, and other DoD sites where boring, trenching, and utility poles were not compatible. FiberTRAX is also installed on the shoulder of a highway bridge, at a church compound, at an apartment community, and at a camp for people with special needs. The speed and ease of FiberTRAX easily outweighed the competition and we continue receiving interest for projects utilizing FiberTRAX installations. FiberTRAX takes the headache out of fiber installations that suffer setbacks due to obstacles from existing utilities or pavement by completely avoiding underground utilities and turning the pavement into the pathway to make the connection possible.
Value Add of FiberTRAX:
• Fast fiber deployment at 1,000 feet an hour
• No disruption to daily operations
• No underground locating
• Inexpensive when compared to conventional methods
• Installations are completed in days versus months
• Small installation teams