Can ya year me now? #RIT boffins develop sensor tech to monitor wireless hardware failures

Lost connections and dead zones in coverage are the most irritating facet of our always-on wireless world. But new research by #RIT techs and a Syracuse telecom company aim to make identifying cabling failures much faster, leading to what the university claims will be millions of dollars of money saved on locating the problem.

Anybody who works with networking hardware certainly knows the nightmare of trying to identify the one cable out of a sea of interwoven cables in a network closet that’s been damaged. But in cell towers, hundreds of cables sit unattended until they break. The problem often isn’t identified until the tower is either sufficiently incapacitated or just plain dead. RIT’s new quarter-sized sensor can uniquely identify a cable and report when that cable has been damaged.

Particularly as our wireless communications require faster and faster data transfer rates, such innovations are the little things that will make consistent network speed possible.

‘Smart Connector’ Could Save Millions in Lost Revenue.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.