Optical Wireless in the Field
Optical wireless technology remains a niche market. But it has come to the rescue of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in crowded Manhattan, where digging a trench for an optical cable could take months, given the need for construction approvals. The cancer center operates without paper or medical charts, so all data and voice connections need a backup pathway, CIO Patricia Skarulis said last week. Her staff has tried just about every kind of networking technology, including leased lines and microwave communications, she noted. It discovered optical wireless three years ago, installing equipment from LightPointe Inc. as a backup link between two buildings.
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