8 / 3 / 2012
The fridge automatically orders missing food items from the online store, we pre-heat the oven via smartphone while drinking our after-work beer and disable the alarm system via the laptop. Will we live in homes where everything is fully networked in ten years time? The trend is clearly moving in that direction – and requires broadband in the home.
In day-to-day life, the media, entertainment industry and telecommunications are rapidly merging with the Internet to form a global world of information and communication. As was once the case with mains water, electricity and the telephone, broadband in the home will impact the lives of generations to come. The driving force here is a desire for video conferencing, HDTV, telemedicine, data storage services, high-resolution video-on-demand, etc. The need for speed remains unabated – 30 Mbps has now virtually become standard. Full use of these services will require comprehensive broadband coverage in the future. High-performance networks and the appropriate building cabling systems are a prerequisite in this regard. Studies even suggest that, in the long term, expansion here will be decisive for countries in order to remain competitive.
«Home, smart home»
What the precise developments will be in the home cannot yet be predicted with certainty, but the so-called «smart home» will become a reality over the next ten to fifteen years according to several studies. Many things are controlled remotely in the smart home: the lights, sun blinds, bathwater, oven, stove, dishwasher, alarm system etc. This will not only contribute to greater comfort and time savings – energy consumption will be reduced by up to 30 percent as well. But above all, the smart home requires one thing: Broadband networking in the home.
High demands for Fiber in the Home
The answer to this challenge is Fiber in the Home, also known as FITH. This term was coined by HUBER+SUHNER and has now gained currency throughout the industry world-wide. FITH is the final section of FTTH (Fiber to the Home), which brings high-performance fiber optic connectivity to the home. In order to supply individual households with fiber optic cables, particularly in the case of multiple dwellings, an additional distribution system is required inside the building – FITH. The requirements placed upon system solutions of this kind vary widely. Installers need a simple, fast and reliable plug-and-play solution. Building owners prefer a flexible cabling system to account for a variety of conditions. Service providers require both to prevent them from having to supply entire buildings and allow them to only equip their actual customers with the infrastructure. Home owners value durable and high-quality products. Ultimately, the consumer simply wants a high-performance network that transmits data reliably and fast. A variety of products is required in order to meet these high and differing demands. At the heart of the HUBER+SUHNER Fiber-in-the-Home portfolio is the BLINK (Broadband Link) triple-play connector, which is adapted to the demands of the home environment. A further product is the Home Fibering System (HoFiS), which is extremely quick to install thanks to a junction box which is pre-assembled onto the fiber optic cable. The CLIK! products also enable simple, but highquality satellite TV cabling. With this broad portfolio, HUBER+SUHNER meets the numerous requirements with regard to FITH so that in future, maximum broadband coverage can facilitate every-day activities in the living room and ensure that the fridge will actually place online orders one day.