As part two of three of our sponsored web series on the Case for Using Fiber Cables over Category Cables in Residential AV Projects we welcome Eric Bodley of Future Ready Solutions and Bob Hansen-Keys of Audio Visual Design Group back to discuss their thoughts on the future of A/V and fiber specifically as a future proof solution.
When constructing or renovating a residential building it’s not a “5-10 year project, it’s a 20-30 year project”, says Bodley, and at the rate technology is moving when you implement your A/V solutions you want to be sure that they are future ready. Even though, as the pair admits, there will be a place for copper into the foreseeable future, fiber is the most future ready solution on the market today.
Most integrators, builders, and customers are still stuck on copper and category cables, but Bodley warns that those who implement only older technologies will find themselves in need of an upgrade in as early as 5 years. His solution for this is to make sure those builders, integrators, and customers sign a form saying that they declined the more future proof solution and that its not his fault when they need to pull all the copper out and replace with fiber in the coming years.
“There is a new breed of transmission systems called active optical cables, there are a number of them on the market. Chromis is one of them which we’ve had some experience with and that’s where they’re taking the actual fibers and the individual strands of copper in tandem to sort of solve the issue of supplying power because there’s a chip set in the end of each of the HDMI head shells. And so the copper allows us not to have to deal with dongles and little USB and other clunky power type arrangements.” – Eric Bodley president and CEO of Future Ready Solutions.
Some of the duos top fiber and other future proof products include PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches that work really well with Cleerline products. And Chromis Fiberoptics products that combine copper and GigaPOF® graded-index polymer optical fiber to create a cable with all the benefits of fiber such as its compatibility, durability, and reliability, and don’t require an external power source.
Fiber is undoubtedly the solution of the future and with the technology advancing and becoming more and more cost effective everyday there are less and less excuses for integrators to keep deferring the move to fiber. To watch the full webinar click here.