Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions impacting the telecom sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising Free Space Optics solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top Free Space Optics Startups
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 82 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Cablefree – Outdoor Data Transmission
The concept of Free Space Optics (FSO) for communication was designed to improve outdoor communication as existing technology requires a line of sight to function effectively. By using an optical transmitter and receiver to process the data through the air, the need for cables is eliminated. The advantage of FSO is that it supports equipment from a variety of vendors and requires no security software upgrades. British startup Cablefree offers a wide range of free space communication solutions for high-performance wireless connectivity with a maximum network transmission capacity of 10Gbps. Their FSO technology is actively used in a wide range of outdoor applications.
Lightpointe – Enterprise Connectivity
Using FSO to connect networks within enterprises offers advantages such as not paying fees for leased-lines and fiber cables, resulting in greater savings, especially for larger enterprises. It is more secure than transmitting data over public networks and allows for multiple gigabyte transmissions simultaneously. The US-based startup Lightpointe specializes in point-to-point radio-based FSO technology. Their wireless bridge is designed to connect buildings and organizations at high speeds without having to rely on any fiber lines or public network infrastructure, which results in low monthly costs and high network security.
Collinear – Backhaul
As the communication infrastructure grows and expands towards 5G, each stage brings with it an exponential growth in the data that is transmitted over the network. The communication from the cell tower to the rest of the world, or the core network, is an important link in determining the speed of data transmission. By increasing the speed at which data is transferred within the network allows devices to communicate with each other in real-time, which can further enhance smart city applications. The US-based startup Collinear develops a unique backhaul architecture which is robust and highly scalable. Their Hybrid Free Space Optic (HFSO) and wireless radio frequencies can drastically optimize the transmission of data for better real-time communication and have a more efficient cost-per-bit of transmission.
Laserlight – Satellite Communication
The most widely used application of FSO can be seen in satellite communications as the data has to be transmitted over large distances in as short a time as possible. Using optical communication for communication between satellites allows for advanced mesh networks to be created for more efficient and effective communication across vast distances. The US-based startup Laserlight are pioneers in FSO communication for space applications. Their global communications system is built to create a mesh network among satellites that includes intelligent routing, greater reliability, and lower costs for network operation. Their end-to-end system is capable of delivering high volumes of high-speed data to even the most remote areas.
What About The Other 78 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 82 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.