Painting the Town Fiber – #FiberConnect2023

Fiber on Demand

Fiber on demand is the benefit of TRAXyL’s solution for installing fiber on roads, runways, and bridges, states Blaine Riney. Riney, TRAXyL’s Business Development Manager, describes their technique as painting fiber on a surface. Installing up to 1,000 feet per hour with up to 72 fibers (3 each 24 fiber cables) allows an operator to react much faster to customer demand than traditional construction approaches.

For instance, TRAXyl suggests a timeline of 6 days from design to termination compared to 25 days for the timeline for a 1-mile, fiber construction project. Because of the thin, shallow cut, there is no need for underground surveying. There is no debris left behind, or soil or road degradation as their machine cleans as it goes. Further, Riney says that is both environmentally friendly as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Compared to micro trenching, which reaches depths of 16 to 27 inches and penetrates the road surface, the TRAXyL trench is about half an inch. The TRAXtor, their machine for cutting the surface, laying the fiber, filling, and sealing the cut, can get as close as 4 or 5 inches from a curb. It can also make the transition to the curb. The fibers, micro ducts, and handholes are off-the-shelf items.

Think About It in a New Way

Riney says they want to be part of the road life cycle maintenance process to maximize the life of the fiber.  He envisions a matrix of fibers providing a level of redundancy not seen with more expensive techniques.

He suggests that the low-cost installation and time-to-market advantages outweigh the potential replacement if a given road has to be milled in the future.  Riney points out that the gutter pans provide a space for placing fiber that is safe from asphalt milling.

TRAXyL is military-proven, with installations across runways transited by B-1 bombers. They are looking for distributors and installers to leverage their machines and consumables. Their crawl, walk, and roll evolution appears to be perfectly timed with the enormous public and private investment in U.S. fiber deployments.

Interview Highlights

ViodiTV coverage of FBA’s Fiber Connect 2023 courtesy of Calix.

3 responses to “Painting the Town Fiber – #FiberConnect2023”

  1. Jerry Laufer Avatar
    Jerry Laufer

    This is amazing.  What a great idea.  It should sell well. You did not show us how a drop was done.  Assume this is going past homes every 120′ or so, is there going to be a hole in the pavement for each house to make a connection?  Under the curb or through the curb?

  2. Ken Pyle Avatar

    Thanks, Jerry. Forwarding your great questions to Blaine so he can respond.

  3. Ken Pyle Avatar

    Blaine sent a series of slides explaining how to transition to sidewalks, handholes, etc. These are now incorporated into the video starting at 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

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