AFL FOCIS WiFi2 Finalist for Lightwave Innovation Reviews

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – AFL’s FOCIS WiFi2 fiber optic connector inspection system has been selected as a 2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Finalist in the Field Test Equipment category. Presented annually by Lightwave, the Lightwave Innovation Reviews program distinguishes top products and solutions available within the optical networking industry as determined by a stellar panel of third-party judges. Judges include industry executives and analysts from a wide variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts and journalists.

"On behalf of the Lightwave Innovation Reviews, I would like to congratulate our finalists," said Lightwave Group Publisher Christine Shaw. "This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most original and innovative products in the optical networking industry."
The FOCIS WiFi2 has a natural and ergonomic form factor similar to a screwdriver and uses WiFi to send streaming video images of fiber connector endfaces to a smart device where a mobile app auto-centers, auto-focuses and auto-analyzes the fiber core, cladding, adhesive and coating zones according to IEC, IPC and user rule sets. The iOS and Android mobile app also enables the emailing and texting of images and full PDF inspection reports.
The Innovation Reviews are judged based on originality, innovation, positive impact on the customer, how well it addresses a new or existing requirement, novelty of approach and cost-effectiveness. The highest scoring entry in each category will be declared as the winner on March 14, at OFC 2018 in San Diego, CA. 
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About Lightwave
For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.
About The 2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews program
The Lightwave Innovation Reviews is in its fourth year of recognizing and celebrating the industry's most unique products and solutions that help optical communications professionals worldwide drive improvements and innovation in optical technology. Executives at Ciena, Intel, Lumentum, LightCounting Market Research, and Adva were among the third-party judges for the 2017 Innovation Reviews. Criteria used in the Innovation Reviews rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit
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