Fog Optics is the future of Free Space Optical communications.
Fog Optics™ is an applied optics company that produces the most effective products for high quality, high bandwidth communications today, and to will continue to achieve the highest communications rates terrestrially and extra terrestrially in the future.
In October 2014, Fog Optics introduced Fog Laser the world’s only communication laser platform to deliver fiber-like reliability in fog. This marks a tipping point for free space optics. Enabled with Fog Optics patented technology, free space optics manufacturers have the technology to seize significant opportunities. And Network operators, Government, and Enterprises around the world now have an optimal tool for their networks.
The Story of Fog Optics
John Cabaniss has worked with top engineers, reverse engineers and scientists at Los Alamos, NRO (The National Reconnaissance Office), Lockheed Martin, The Stevens Institute, & GTRI (Georgia Tech Research Institute). Through the course of his career, he noticed that some lasers and systems, when taken out of the lab, performed much better than theory explained consistently. His colleges explained away any theoretical inconsistencies as opposed to take it as a phenomena worth further examination. This is what John viewed as an opportunity to advance the field and address the issues that are preventing FSO from becoming a reliable communication medium.
John’s starting point was to gather all the published data for real-world test results and combine them with an extensive amount of private data he had helped collect. He then called friends and colleges to gather more unpublished data. He took all of this field knowledge, and compared and contrasted the results with the academic state of the art. Using this, John started to construct and design FSO products that addressed fog and snow first, knowing that these were what was stopping the FSO market from expanding. John reached out in his network of colleagues and recruited Steven Jefferson, Austin Smith, and Robert Millar. These three have been managing, organizing and preparing Fog Optics for launch since.
While the business was being formed and planned, John setup his first set of field tests with his eye-safe system. Turning on his system, John captured millions of the individual pulses of light; 535 GB of raw data from over 50 unique field tests. The real-world data confirmed a system that could sustain operation at 99.99953% year-round, meeting telecom standards for reliability in the worst atmospheric conditions. A significant amount of data captured was during a 80-100+ decibel (dB) fog event on a 1.2 km range. For comparison, any fog that attenuates more than 49 dB (over any distance) stops modern eye-safe FSO communication.
His systems and designs were correct, and he now had hard data to prove it. This was the breakthrough FSO needed to advance. This prototype system, ready to be plugged into current technology with minimal engineering, sent full signal through fog that would have stopped all communication more than 4 times over in current state-of-the-art systems.
Comparing this system to a hot knife through butter doesn’t do the achievement justice; this was a 50 caliber bullet through soup. Facebook, Google, AT&T, Verizon, SpaceX, NASA, all have spent billions to help connect the world. Some have spent over a billion individually to get FSO to work reliably through fog, clouds, & snow unsuccessfully. Fog Optics has the technologies to answer their FSO needs. Fog Optics is now in pre-launch capability and is lining up meetings with customers now.