Fibersonics

Industry leading fiber optic security and support.

Fibersonics provides high-level, adaptable, integration-ready security solutions with a proven track record.

Our Implementations

Fibersonics has successful border, airport, perimeter, and pipeline fiber implementations all over the world.

Border
Security solutions provided for Military and Government agencies in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Pipeline
Fiber optic pipeline monitoring solutions designed to provide an automated, real-time pipeline monitoring solution for prevention and corrective control of the most undesirable and dangerous events that can occur to pipelines, such as leaks and third party interference (TPI).
Perimeter
Fiber optic PIDS offer the most advanced security systems available for the detection of intrusion attempts. Ultra high detection rates, minimal false alarms, 50km with a single controller, and detection accurate to within 10 meters.

Advantages of Fibersonics Systems

Fibersonics has a unique Distributed Vibration Sensor (DVS) system that is practical and effective in the prevention of oil or gas spills due to its unique ability to detect, locate and classify vibrations caused by physical activity (such as third party interference), while simultaneously monitoring for early-stage leaks, along the entire length of the pipeline, in real-time.

Long Ranger™

The Fibersonics Long Ranger is effective at discriminating different patterns of interference and environmental/traffic noises from potentially dangerous operational events/threats.  By reducing nuisance alarms, it alarms for events of true concern with an increased degree of confidence and thus allows for automatic response mechanisms with a practical degree of responsibility. It operates over an extremely broad frequency range (3Hz to 500kHz) and is the world’s first and only distributed ultrasonic detector.  As a result, it can detect and locate early-stage leaks, directly and much earlier than other cable-based systems.

Sensitivity and Frequency Range

Double sensitivity over all other currently available transmissive interferometers.
500 kHz bandwidth, an unprecedented wide frequency bandwidth, which covers the low range associated with TPI events and the very high range (ultrasonics) associated with early leak detection (nearest competitor has 20kHz).

Seven configurable (physical) levels of sensitivity at any point along the same cable in order to optimize its performance in different field conditions.

Robust Hardware, Lower Cost

Dedicated, integrated hardware using FPGA and DSP microprocessors (i.e., faster,  more reliable,  more robust, lower power consumption) - not based on commercial computers, no cooling required.
Advanced processing software operates automatically for minimizing nuisance alarms.
Ultra-high speed data acquisition and real-time automated processing simplifies operation, significantly reduces amount of data produced (KB/MB vs GB/TB) and enables more events to be simultaneously processed – reducing computing power and post-processing requirements.
Extra fibers in the cable can be used for variety of extra single-mode fiber functions, such as telecomms, SCADA, CCTC transmission, PIDS integration, etc.
Significantly lower cost, at least 30% less than the nearest similar competitive product.

Ultra-Precise Distributed Vibration Sensing

Why use our DVS system?

Fibersonics has a unique Distributed Vibration Sensor (DVS) system that is effective in the prevention of oil or gas spills due to its unique ability to detect, locate and classify vibrations caused by physical activity (such as third party interference), while simultaneously monitoring for early-stage leaks, along the entire length of the pipeline in real time. 
This unique technology acts as a continuous microphone, up to 50km in length, designed to “monitor” over an unprecedented quasi-DC to 500kHz bandwidth, to very distinctive frequencies generated by acoustic TPI and ultrasonic leak events, while discriminating between normal and ambient conditions. 
This is by far the widest frequency bandwidth available for any distributed fiber optic sensing technology, and is the world’s first distributed fiber optic ultrasonic sensor.  Consequently, this technology is capable of monitoring far beyond the normal frequency bandwidth of conventional DAS systems, which are typically <2kHz for a 40km reach.  Another significant differentiating advantage of this transmissive, hybrid interferometer technology is that its frequency response and location resolution/accuracy are not degraded with increasing distance, unlike conventional DAS systems. 
The system has been undergoing independent field testing for the past 5 years on a number of operational pipelines, including a permanent installation in New Jersey, USA.  The Long Ranger system has also undergone independent testing in a JIP leak detection program. 

Applications include:

· Perimeter Security
· Border Security
· Detection of Tunneling
· Pipeline Security and Monitoring
· Pipeline Leak Detection
· Monitoring systems for onshore pipelines

· Riser integrity monitoring solutions
· Downhole wireline monitoring solutions
· Communications and IT Security 
· High Voltage Cable Integrity Monitoring 
· Mining Conveyor Belt Integrity Monitoring
· Monitoring systems for offshore pipelines

Pipeline Monitoring & Perimeter Intrusion Detection

Pipeline Monitoring

The oil & gas industry is currently facing serious challenges in assuring accident free operation of pipelines and associated infrastructure.  To help meet the challenge of a zero incident target, the oil & gas industry must improve its technologies and ability to monitor their systems for safety in real time – permanently and distributed along the length of the pipeline network.
Fiber optic pipeline monitoring and security products are designed to provide an automated, real-time pipeline monitoring solution for prevention and corrective control of the most undesirable and dangerous events that can occur to pipelines, such as leaks and third party interference (TPI).
These systems are designed to protect oil/gas/liquid pipelines and utility right of way corridors against TPI, including illegal tapping and unauthorized excavation, by providing an early warning of these TPI activities – it is a preventative solution. The ability to detect small leaks is a further advantage offered by fiber optics.

Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems

Fiber optic PIDS offer the most advanced security systems available for the detection of intrusion attempts. They require no power in the field, have very high detection rates (>95%), low false alarm rates (<5%), protect perimeters up to 50km in length with a single controller, and can locate intrusion within 50-100m in a zoned system and ±10m in a locating system.

Mixed Technology Deployment

Zoned Systems
○ Medium security applications up to 5km long
○ Ideal for gates and fences
Locating Systems
○ Very high performance and sensitivity
○ Distances from 5km to 100’s of km
Below Ground System
○ Totally covert solution
○ Normally used in conjunction with a fence mounted system

About Fibersonics

Fibersonics is a world leader in the design and development of fiber optic distributed sensing technologies for security applications. Our mission is to develop and commercialize novel distributed fiber optic sensing products and solutions for safety and security applications.

Founded by Edward Tapanes

Edward Tapanes is a graduate of Canada’s Royal Military College (BSc 1988, Math and Physics) and the University of Toronto (MASc 1991, Aerospace Science & Engineering). He was an Aerospace Engineer with the Canadian Air Force (as a Commissioned Officer).

Mr. Tapanes founded Future Fibre Technologies Pty. Ltd. (FFT) in Australia in 1994 – a pioneering company in distributing and locating fiber optic monitoring systems. In May 2006, Mr. Tapanes founded Tapanes Global Technology Pte. Ltd. (TGT), in Singapore, in order to offer his specialty skills and services globally in the field of fiber optic sensor technologies.  With TGT, he has assisted several companies around the globe with technical challenges in the field.  In 2009, he developed the core Long Ranger™ concept and IP.  In September 2010, at the time of the Optex acquisition, Mr. Tapanes joined Fiber SenSys Inc., located in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA, as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director – he was appointed President & CEO in January 2012.

In May 2014, Mr. Tapanes co-founded Fibersonics Inc. with the goal to commercialize the Long Ranger™ product and to develop and commercialize novel distributed fiber optic sensing products and solutions for safety and security applications.

Internationally Renowed

Fibersonics Inc. is a recognized world leader in perimeter, pipeline, and data security solutions.  Fibersonics manufactures reliable, high-performance fiber-optic intrusion detection solutions for a wide variety of markets.  

Fibersonics has highly experienced management and technical leadership.  Its Founder, Edward Tapanes, is a serial entrepreneur with a nearly 30 year track record in development and commercialization of fiber optic sensing technologies,  he is a recognized pioneer in the field.

Collaboration with Experienced Local Integrators

Fibersonics’ business model is to integrate our state of the art monitoring technologies with the end-user security or monitoring systems offered by our partners. We recognize our strengths and focus on them. Our partners, likewise, have strengths that complement our products. As such, our products are normally integrated into a more advanced and complete monitoring or security system, such as SCADA, PSIM and Alarm Management Systems. Typically, these systems also integrate a suite of complementary products and provide a professional graphical user interface (GUI).

Fibersonics has a growing list of partners from around the world. If your company is interested in working with us, please contact us.

Unparalleled Support

Fibersonics differentiates itself by providing unprecedented and prompt support to its partners and customers. 

Our ability to provide professional, highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable personnel in a very quick time is greatly acknowledged by our partners and customers, and a key factor to our success.

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable

YOFC is the largest supplier of optical preform, fiber and cable in the world,mainly producing and selling a variety of standard optical fibre preforms, optical fibres and optical cables widely used in communications industry, and also designing and customizing special optical fibre and cable of the specifications specified by customers, including integration system, engineering design and services.

To meet the Sinopec Tianjin branch requirement, Fibersonics and YOFC companies jointly provided the Long Ranger pipeline monitoring system for application to the Tianjin oil pipeline at the Cao Jin feeder line.

The starting point is located in the transit depot room and the measured distance is 16,150 meters.

The Long Ranger pipeline monitoring system has high detection sensitivity, low false alarm rate, an accurate positioning alarm, and meets the customer’s demand.

Fibersonics’ working team, their Long Ranger monitoring system, and technical service lead the petroleum and petrochemical sensing field.
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The decision follows a series of experiments at the company’s Pico Rivera test facility, said to have included driving heavy equipment over scaled-down pipeline sections, digging into soil and simulating gas leaks. “From a remote location, special [fiber-optic] monitoring equipment successfully identified each of those activities by its unique data signature,” said the firm.

Jimmie Cho, SoCalGas’ senior VP of gas operations and system integrity, said in a company release: “This is game-changing technology. It will help keep our communities safe and allow us to more quickly address accidental dig-ins by third-party contractors and service outages that happen every year.”

SoCalGas adds that the signal interpretation is sufficiently advanced to distinguish between hand digging and routine traffic from heavy plant equipment in use near a pipeline, and is also able to pinpoint the location of a potential problem to within just 20 feet.

“The technology quickly detects when abnormal stress, movement or temperature conditions are present,” it said. “Continuous monitoring and measurement will help the company quickly identify
threats to a pipeline from heavy equipment operation, unexpected earth movement, or physical impact.”
AP Sensing

AP Sensing offers distributed optical sensing technology such as DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing), DAS (Distributed Acoustic Sensing) for a wide range of applications. Based on our HP/Agilent heritage, with over 25 years of optical measurement expertise, we stand for top quality and well-designed solutions.

Ed Tapanes has an in-depth knowledge of interferometric sensing solutions. Utilizing his 30 years+ experience, he did come up with a very innovative new concept - enabling ultrasonic sensing.

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