Industries of all kinds rely on connectivity to network with smart devices and to retrieve data from monitoring devices, networked surveillance cameras and instrumentation even in hazardous areas – so why does this make fibre optic connectors for hazardous areas a particularly good choice?

First of all, if you are going to use an optical connection in a designated Zone 0, 1 or 2 environment, then it’s worth making sure you choose fibre optic connectors for hazardous areas of that type.

Hazardous area connectors provide extra protection for your fibre optics, with wide operating temperature ranges including subzero operation, deluge protection and a variety of ex certification.

But fibre optics also make good sense in hazardous areas as transmitting signals using light uses relatively low power and does not produce much heat.

According to Transparency Market Research, fibre optic networks can save up to:

  • 45% on equipment installation such as switches and cabinets.
  • 75% on future upgrades thanks to universal compatibility of optic cables.
  • Low total cost of ownership with passive, centralised networks.

Taken together, these benefits are predicted to lead to fibre optic networks accounting for 75% of all global networks by 2026, with Europe accounting for over a third of the $4.2 billion worldwide sales at that time.