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Ca-Botics Fiber Systems deploys robot
DUBLIN, OH (September 25 2001) - Dublin City Manager Timothy C. Hansley and Că-Botics Fiber Systems CEO Jack J. Conie III, today announced that Că-Botics' STAR™, (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot), will be deployed for the first time in the United States in the City of Dublin's sewer system. Că-Botics will help build Dublin's high-speed Internet infrastructure for local businesses, residents and institutions.
"The City of Dublin greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with Că-Botics and Lucent Technologies Optical Fiber Solutions to conduct this first installation of fiber in existing sewers using the STAR™ system in the United States," said City Manager Timothy Hansley. "This provides a unique opportunity to test this technology, a local example of the technology for others to see, and a critical link to our institutional network."
Că-Botics' current plans in Dublin will see the STAR™ robot install fiber from Dublin Scioto High School down Hard Road and Riverside Drive to Emerald Bridge where it will connect to the existing DubLink (a total of 1.5 miles). When completed, Dublin Scioto High School, a fire station and a police station adjacent to the fiber build will be the first in the United States to have access to some of the fastest data and Internet services available.
"The City of Dublin is taking the first and crucial step to provide the best last-mile solution by using our underground robots to help develop the United States' information superhighway," said Mr. Conie. "Că-Botics is the company of choice when it comes to metropolitan optical network builds. This technology will enable carriers and municipalities to quickly and effectively deploy fiber without large capital investments throughout congested city streets and with no destruction. This is simply the most advanced technology for underground deployment available. We call this just-in-time fiber."
During this low-impact network build, traffic disruptions from lane closures, construction waste, noise pollution and disruptions are non -existent. STAR™ runs cable through the existing underground sewers, permitting the placement of fiber cable up to eight to ten times faster and one third to two thirds cheaper than traditional excavation methods. The cable-laying robot, which is about 6 feet long and is equipped with five television cameras to monitor operations, is fed into the sewer system through manholes. It can operate in pipes ranging from 8 inches to 48 inches in diameter. STAR™ is capable of completing projects in days as opposed to traditional, open-trenching that would take weeks or even months.
"Dublin City Council's goals regarding fiber optics include: to rapidly deploy fiber optics, promote the availability of a wide range of telecommunication services, to enhance economic development, and to minimize disruption of the public rights of way for the public safety, health and welfare," said City Manager Timothy Hansley. "The STAR™ technology, used by Că-Botics will enable the City to achieve these goals aggressively and in an efficient manner by enhancing the City's investment in existing infrastructure."
This innovative and proactive initiative by the City of Dublin, Că-Botics and Lucent OFS will help in realizing a new way of planning and implementing advanced telecommunications networks.
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