Fotech and industry partners launch the Fiber Optic Sensing Association

26th April 2017, Church Crookham, UK – Fotech Solutions, the linear asset technology monitoring specialist, has been named as a founder member of the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), a new trade association dedicated to educating the industry, government and public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing technology.


Fiber optic sensing technology, such as Fotech’s Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS), is already used today to monitor thousands of miles of pipelines, railways, international borders, critical infrastructure and facilities all across the globe.


According to a market research report by BCC Research, the global fiber optic sensors market should reach $3.2 billion 2021, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9% beginning in 2016.


Kent Wardley, Fotech’s VP Sales Americas and FOSA board member, commented: “Fiber optic sensing technology can make a massive contribution to security, environmental protection and optimising infrastructure management. We want to put that potential under the spotlight, which is why Fotech has been at the forefront of creating FOSA.”


Chris Shannon, CEO, Fotech, added: “It’s important to stress that FOSA is not just about educating others on the benefits of the technology. We also want to focus on encouraging continued innovation in the sector and for vendors like ourselves to keep pushing the technology forward and find new applications and additional value for fiber optic sensors.”




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About Fotech Solutions

Fotech Solutions, established in 2008, specializes in the development and delivery of Distributed Acoustic Sensing or DAS based solutions. Operating primarily in Oil & Gas and pipeline sectors, Fotech has developed the Helios system which converts an optical fibre up to 40km long into a solution that is equivalent to tens of thousands of individual vibration sensors. Real-time detection of the vibrations caused by acoustic disturbances along the fibre is translated into information that will aid the Oil & Gas operator in exploration, production and delivery activities, or a pipeline operator with intrusion detection, leak detection or pig tracking activities.


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