FOSA pushes for smart tech integration

A group of trade associations have urged the US Congress to integrate smart technologies into the country’s infrastructure proposals.

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the US’ leading organisation association focused on fiber optic sensing, was one of 11 signatories of a letter requesting congress incorporate smart technologies in order to improve and transform infrastructure around the country.

The letter, which was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, argued that “by leveraging technology in the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure, the US government can help spur economic growth and job creation, incentivise domestic investment, and meet the current and future needs of the American public.”

FOSA Director Mark Uncapher said the technology the organisation was dedicated to had great potential if used properly and with regularity.

“One critical smart infrastructure technology is fiber optic sensing, currently used around the world to monitor the condition and integrity of many critical infrastructure assets,” he said.

“A fiber optic cable buried next to or attached to the infrastructure acts as a sensor that provides earlier warning of potential issues or monitors the activity along the asset, helping with safety and efficiency.”

Members of FOSA include OZ Optics, AP Sensing, Ditch Witch and Smartpipe technologies.

Smart Cities Council, TechNet and Wireless Infrastructure Association were among the other signatories for the letter.

For more information visit the FOSA website.

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