C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Huber+Suhner’s GPSoF aims to share power and data via fibre cables

12 November 2019

Huber+Suhner is exploring a growing number of applications for its new Direct GPS over Fiber (GPSoF) technology, designed to enable communication equipment and other devices to be powered via fibre-optic cable.

GPSoF was launched in early September and the company said it is the first such solution to facilitate a powered fibre-optic connection directly onto an antenna. This means that the same fibre-optic cable that is used to transmit signals can also be used to power the antenna, obviating the need for separate power sources and wire.

"In a battlefield scenario, users typically power active GPS antennas with copper," said BJ Lyman, market unit manager for aerospace and defence in the company's Radio Frequency division. This creates multiple strands of data and power, Lyman told Jane's .

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