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Robot to travel through Toronto’s sewers

Mayor Mel Lastman teamed up Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. in Toronto recently to help introduce Stream's STAR (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot) to the City of Toronto. STAR will be used t...


September 1, 2001  


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Mayor Mel Lastman teamed up Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. in Toronto recently to help introduce Stream’s STAR (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot) to the City of Toronto. STAR will be used to navigate through municipal sewers to install fiber-optic cables to build Toronto’s high-speed Internet infrastructure.

Stream says STAR travels through the existing underground sewers to lay fiber-optic cable at up to eight times faster than previous excavation methods. The cable-laying robot, which is about 1.8 metres long and equipped with five television cameras to monitor operations, is fed into the sewer system through manholes. It can operate in pipes ranging from 200 mm to 1200 mm in diameter.

STAR will help Toronto avoid the usual inconveniences resulting from telecom carriers digging up the streets, including lane closures, noise pollution and construction waste.


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