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VECTOR

Project reference: 318247
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Versatile Easy installable Connector incorporating new Technologies for accelerated fiber Optic network Roll outs in Europe

From 2012-10-01 to 2015-09-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 442 252

EU contribution:

EUR 3 100 000

Coordinated in:

Belgium

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Versatile Easy installable Connector implementing new Technologies for accelerated fibre Optic network Roll-outs in Europe

VECTOR aims to develop and commercialize an innovative low-cost highly performing field installable connectivity system that will impact at a multi-million-euro scale the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and the operation expenditure (OPEX) of telecom fiber broadband networks and that will facilitate the achievement of the European 2020 objectives for broadband connectivity.
The VECTOR connectivity system will comprise a ferrule-less connector granting ultra-high optical performance and a fully automated installation tool allowing for field installation by a general-skill technician.
Disruptive fibre-handling techniques based on heat-shrinkable materials, advanced textiles, and plasma-shaping will be developed and incorporated in the installation tool to ensure reliability, whereas high-tech gels and micro-mechanical alignment systems will be included in the connector to yield superior optical performance. Finally, micro-fabrication and replication techniques will be proposed to ensure ease of volume production at low price. The use of connectors instead of permanent splices will grant flexible reconfigurability of the network.
Overall, VECTOR aims to outperform the state-of the-art of ferrule-based connectors in terms of optical performance, flexibility, reliability and cost. This will ultimately break the current paradigm of ferrule-based optical connectivity requiring extensive pre-engineering and highly specialized manpower for field deployment.
In order to succeed in this ambitious goal, we created a consortium comprising the full portfolio of required technical knowledge, as well as the critical mass necessary to turn our connectivity system into a commercial reality that potentially can be deployed in the European optical networks.

Objective

VECTOR (Versatile Easy installable Connector incorporating new Technologies for accelerated fiber Optic network Roll outs in Europe) aims to develop and commercialize an innovative low-cost highly performing field installable connectivity system that will impact at a multi-million-euro scale the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and the operation expenditure (OPEX) of telecom fiber broadband networks and that will facilitate the achievement of the European 2020 objectives for broadband connectivity.The VECTOR connectivity system will comprise a ferrule-less connector granting ultra-high optical performance and a fully automated installation tool allowing for field installation by a general-skill technician.Disruptive fibre-handling techniques based on heat-shrinkable materials, advanced nano-textiles, and plasma-shaping will be developed and incorporated in the installation tool to ensure reliability, whereas high-tech gels and micro-mechanical alignment systems will be included in the connector to yield superior optical performance. Finally, micro-fabrication and replication techniques will be propose to ensure ease of volume production at low price. The use of connectors instead of permanent splices will grant flexible reconfigurability of the network.<br/>Overall, VECTOR aims to outperform the state-of the-art of ferrule-based connectors by optical performance, flexibility, reliability and cost. This will ultimately break the current paradigm of ferrule-based optical connectivity requiring extensive pre-engineering and highly specialized manpower for field deployment.In order to succeed in this ambitious goal, we created a consortium comprising the full portfolio of required technical knowledge, as well as the critical mass necessary to turn our connectivity system into a commercial reality that potentially can be deployed in the optical networks of whole Europe.

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Coordinator

TYCO ELECTRONICS RAYCHEM BVBA
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 968 909


DIESTSESTEENWEG 692
3010 KESSEL-LO
Belgium
Administrative contact: Stephane Berghmans
Tel.: +32 16 35 20 35
E-mail

Participants

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 440 201


PLEINLAAN
1050 BRUSSEL
Belgium
Administrative contact: Maria Vereeken
Tel.: +32 2 6293808
Fax: +32 2 6293640
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 433 550


SINT PIETERSNIEUWSTRAAT
9000 GENT
Belgium
Administrative contact: Nathalie Vandepitte
Tel.: +32 9 264 3029
Fax: +32 9 264 3583
E-mail
TELEKOM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 90 514


LANDGRABENWEG
53227 BONN
Germany
Administrative contact: Heike Sturmhöfel
Tel.: +49 6151 5812210
E-mail
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 90 230


PIAZZA DEGLI AFFARI 2
20123 MILAN
Italy
Administrative contact: Roberto Massimo
Tel.: +39 063688 3098
E-mail
DEMCON ADVANCED MECHATRONICS BV
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 614 668


Zutphenstraat
7575EJ Oldenzaal
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Mathijn Froeling
Tel.: +31 541 570 720
Fax: +31 541 570 721
E-mail
CELOPLAS - PLASTICOS PARA A INDUSTRIA SA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 461 928


RUA DE SAO MATEUS
4775 127 GRIMANCELOS
Portugal
Administrative contact: Tito Silva
Tel.: +351 252 960060
Fax: +351 252 960061
E-mail
Record Number: 105241 / Last updated on: 2016-09-07