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Sumitomo fiber installed in the Falls

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave's FutureFLEX air-blown fiber has been used in a major expansion of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge....


November 1, 2005  


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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s FutureFLEX air-blown fiber has been used in a major expansion of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Operated by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC), the 10,000-foot fiber blow now links the bridge to border control plazas in the towns of Queenston, Ont. and Lewiston, N.Y.

The fiber path terminates at NFBC’s new operations centre headquartered in Lewiston to which security, video surveillance, toll facility and traffic systems data from the bridge are delivered.

Participating in the Canada-U.S. FAST program, through which commercial drivers are pre-registered with Customs authorities, the NFBC has added a fifth lane to the bridge and also installed a new traffic control system to reconfigure the lanes for a faster and safer passage across the border.

According to Sumitomo, the infrastructure eliminates the crews that would otherwise have to close lanes and portions of the bridge to re-enter the conduit systems in order to pull additional fiber.

By adopting this infrastructure rather than a conventional fiber optic backbone, the NFBC says it can upgrade its network to quickly respond to changes in traffic, emerging technology and new security mandates.

“We’re not stuck with what could be obsolete fiber or waiting for long upgrade projects to happen,” said Michael O’Reilly, the commission’s IT manager.