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Fiber Optic Sensing Association presents 2021 innovation and project awards to Fotech, HiFi, and OptaSense

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The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) announced the three winners of its first innovation and project awards, Fotech, Hifi, and Optasense. The award’s presentation to the honourees was made in Washington at the association’s annual member meeting.

Representing one of the project awards for 2021, Fotech’s Air Quality Simulation project uses a novel application for fibre optic sensing. The project developed a comprehensive traffic simulation model using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) at Cellarhead Crossroads, Staffordshire, UK.

Representing one of the project awards for 2021, Hifi’s engagement with the Trans Mountain Expansion project provides high fidelity distributed sensing (HDS) along with the twinning of the existing 750 mile oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia, Canada. The new pipeline will have distributed fibre sensing architecture to monitor for leaks and integrity risks to the pipeline and surveillance capability for both the existing and new pipeline. The combined surveillance capability for both the existing and new pipeline will be the world’s longest fully distributed pipeline-based fibre optic sensing deployment.

OptaSense’s development of static strain and temperature sensing in a Rayleigh backscatter-based system won the innovation award 2021. This development extends the reach of current distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) devices to strain and temperature; bringing Rayleigh-based versions of distributed temperature (RDTS) and strain sensing (RDSS) all to a single device. This provides a new paradigm in extending and improving the application range of DAS systems.

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