Identify two companies and one product produced by each company that directly relate to the NCT technical application your team has selected.
Ocean Optics is a company based in the United States that makes different types of fiber optic products. One of their newest innovations is to their Laboratory-grade Patch Cord Optical Fiber Assemblies. They come in different lengths and act as both illumination and read fibers that can easily connect to spectrometers.
Another company is Timbercon. Timbercon offers many different fiber optic products. One of their products includes Ribbon Fiber Cables. These cables are very efficient and compact. Some benefits of this product are that they have good quality and are durable. Also they eliminate the need for adaptors by having multiple breakout connectors. Ribbon fiber cables offer higher density patch panels.
Identify one professional association of trade organization associated with the products your team identified. Include: its name, description of it's mission, and number of people/companies involved.
The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) is an international, non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry. Their purpose of this organization is to develop educational programs, certify fiber optic technicians, approve fiber optic training sources, and support the use of fiber optics. Since it was founded in 1995, the organization has started almost 200 training programs and certified over 23,000 technicians. Just a few of the companies involved in this Association are: 3M, Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and Samsung.
Propose and describe a new product or new process based on your team's NCT technical application.
The new product that our team created is an invisible electric fence using wireless fiber optic technology. This fence called "Boarder Line" could be placed on the boarders of countries to stop illegal immigrants from crossing. Lasers would be transmitted by fence posts placed every couple hundred of feet. These invisible lasers could detect heat as far as 30 to 50 feet from the laser and transmit that information back through the lasers. They could also detect if the lasers were blocked by anything such as people or cars. This information world travel from post to post through the lasers until it reached the central station worked by a few people. They would then alert the authorities nearby.
Via the Internet, locate a company that might be able to manufacture your team's proposed product. Send the company and e-mail asking that someone in the company evaluate the product your team proposed. If your team is not able to obtain a response to your inquiry, provide on your website an example of the e-mail request you sent and the names of manufacturers to whom you sent the request.
Fiber Optics ISTF Team
February 20, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
We are a group of students from Blaine High School participating in a national competition called the Internet Science and Technology Fair. We have designed a new fiber optical wireless fence. The features of our product include wireless fiber optic transmitters and receivers, large, mechanical fence posts, and a large central control station. It is a large system, not just one product. We believe that this is a good fit for your company because you manufacture not just fiber optics, but telecommunication equipment, and mechanical products as well.
One of the requirements for our competition is that we contact a company in the industry to review our product. We have identified you as one of the industry leaders in fiber optics. We would be grateful if you would review our product and give us feedback.
Thank you for taking the time to review our project. We really appreciate it.
Erik, Andy, Brandon, and Austin