Each day new technologies are integrated into our lives in an effort to simplify, automate, supplement, and ultimately improve how we operate. This integration of technology in our day-to-day lives is a shift that requires devices – computers, tablets, PVR’s, appliances, etc. – are capable of communicating with one another, and you, to function properly. To effectively communicate with one another, devices must be connected to networks that allow them to quickly transfer information back and forth. As these devices’ ability to communicate increases, so do the technical requirements to transfer data; quickly obsoleting our existing technologies. As copper connections become outdated, people should consider upgrading to a fibre-optic connection. Fibre-optics use thin strands of glass to transport data in the form of light. It is more reliable, and capable of transporting far greater amounts of data, or “bandwidth”, than traditional copper wiring.
For many people, the term fibre-optics is synonymous with internet, due to the high bandwidth it can offer. However, to simply use the technology for just internet would be similar to using an oven for just the timer. Through fibre-optics a breadth of different services can be offered to end-users. In addition to superior internet, the increase, in bandwidth from fibre-networks allows people to have access to television, home phone, countless applications, smart homes, eHealth, and many more features not possible using the traditional copper infrastructure.
The eHealth technology can offer a variety of services to residents connected to a fibre-network. For seniors, devices can be installed into their homes to monitor their health daily – blood pressure cuffs, SPO2 sensors, heart rate monitors – and instantly be uploaded to be checked by their local physician. Additionally, buttons can be installed in the home that require residents to check-in a predetermined times, to avoid issues where they may have a problem, such as a fall, that goes undiscovered for days. It can greatly increase seniors’ independence, and health, and lower the need for assisted living.
Smart homes that have a fibre-connection have the capability to improve the resident’s lives drastically; from having thermostats that can sense when you are home, automatically adjusting the temperature to what your preference is, to telling you the amount of electricity or water your household is using in real-time displays. Homeowners can save money, maintain their homes, and live much more comfortably as they install these technologies.
As end-users begin adopting more and more technology into their lives, the option of having a connection to high bandwidth in your home is vanishing. Similar to other essentials many of us cannot imagine living without in our modern world – running water, gas, electricity – bandwidth is joining their ranks. It has become the newest form of utility, and living without it ultimately limits ones’ connection to the world. In order to continue to work, live, learn, and play in our evolving world, people need the bandwidth that can service their growing needs. Connecting to a fibre-network will meet their requirements today and long into the future.
Prepared by Nathan Kusiek, Manager, Sales and Marketing, O-NET. WWW.O-NET.CA