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EU project VECTOR (OZR2439)

VECTOR (Versatile Easy installable Connector implementing new Technologies for accelerated fiber Optic network Roll-outs in Europe) is a partnership between European universities and the telecom industry with the aim to conduct research activities to develop a field installable optical fiber connector system. The system will greatly accelerate the deployment of extended fiber optic networks.
High speed internet requires access to optical fiber communication links. In order to distribute signals in fiber optic networks, optical fibers need to be connected with each other, preferably in a reconfigurable manner. Installing connectors on such tiny glass optical fibers in the field currently requires highly specialized personnel and a multitude of dedicated tools. Dust and dirt make it almost impossible to achieve field connections with a quality level close to the one attainable in a factory or lab environment. The outcome of the current research promises to be a connector system that guarantees factory-like performance during field installation.
VECTOR exploits the latest developments in the field of heat-shrinkable materials, textile materials, high-tech gels, micro-fabrication and micro-mechanical alignment systems to achieve optical connections with superior specifications. Partners from all over Europe have teamed up to achieve the project objectives. The project is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and coordinated by TE Connectivity (through its Belgium entity, Tyco Electronics Raychem BVBA). VECTOR also relies on important contributions from DEMCON Advanced Mechatronics BV (The Netherlands), Celoplás - Plásticos para a Indústria SA (Portugal), Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent (Belgium), Telecom Italia S.p.A. (Italy) and Telekom Deutschland GmbH (Germany).
Stéphane Berghmans, project coordinator at TE Connectivity testifies: "Current connection technology requires extensive pre-engineering and highly specialized manpower for field deployment. This makes the installation slow, unreliable and ultimately raises the cost per connection to hardly manageable levels. With VECTOR we intend to make fiber optic connections as easy as electrical wire connections and to bring affordable ultrafast internet connections to all European households".
Date:1 Jan 2013  →  31 Dec 2014
Keywords:Holography, Non-Linear Optics, Photonics, Optival Instrumentation, Optical Computing, Semiconductor Technology, Optical Switches And Modulators, Optical Fibre Sensors, Optical Measurements, Optical Materials, Optical Interconnects, Optical Instrumentation, Vcsels, Micro-Optics, Opto-Electronic Devices, Plastic Photonics
Disciplines:Physical sciences, Mathematical sciences, Electrical and electronic engineering