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New Research Project: Non-invasive Monitoring of Fibre Optical Cables with Cable-Sense

 £43K awarded by EPSRC for the non-invasive monitoring of fibre optical cables with Cable-Sense Ltd. Cable-Sense is a spin-out company, established to develop and manufacture new technology for non-invasive interrogation of the physical layer of networked infrastructure such as local area networks (LANs) data centres, campus networks etc. The technology enables the network cable status and connectivity information to be determined without disruption to the cable connection or information integrity.

This proposal involves a collaboration between Prof Tony Peyton (School of Electrical Engineering and Electronics) and Dr Patricia Scully (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science), both of whom have interests in sensors, with Peyton’s background being in electromagnetics and Scully’s in optical sensors.

Professor Peyton has received several major funding awards from the EPSRC investigating electromagnetic inspection techniques, including twelve as principle investigator. Dr Scully will bring expertise in fibre optic inspection that the company need to complete their ambitions to offer a complete end to end network monitoring solution encompassing all key types of cable, especially optical.

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About Patricia Scully

Senior Lecturer in Sensor Instrumentation in The Photon Science Institute and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. Senior academic with experience of leading industrial and research council/government funded research projects at national and international level. Research interests: Optical sensing and measurement Photonic devices Optical fibre sensors Femtosecond lasers for photonic structuring Polymer optoelectronics Assistive technology for healthcare applications Polymer optical fibre Optical fibre technology Distributed sensing Functional optical coatings Energy harvesting and wireless monitoring

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