AFL introduced the newest member of its fibre inspection family, FOCIS WiFi, at the BICSI Winter Conference and Photonics West in early February. It provides wireless connection of an inspection probe to a customer’s Android or IOS phone or tablet.

Field installation and maintenance personnel can now view images, save and verify standards-compliance using a free app on their own devices. AFL’s pass/fail analysis is now combined with the processing power of a phone or tablet, providing a pass/fail indication in less than a second whereas field and maintenance personnel usually wait several seconds for inspection equipment to evaluate the connector against the standard and report pass or fail.

AFL introduced the FOCIS system in 2012 and in early 2013 introduced FOCIS PRO, a system which combines a palm-sized touch-screen tablet, DFD1 Digital FiberScope and AFL SimpleView PRO analysis software to provide the inspection and analysis power of current laptop and probe solutions.


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