Military and Biometrics

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    Because POF is made of insulating materials, it can provide electrically isolated data links in environments and applications where electrical isolation is critical. Image: NAVFAC / Flickr (source) (CC BY 2.0)

    Plastic optical fiber can withstand heat, direct sunlight, and, with the right components, dust and moisture. Image: MINING.com / Flickr (source) (CC BY 2.0)

    POF brings several key advantages over copper and glass to every application that it is used in. Image: verkeorg / Flickr (source) (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    lastic optical fiber is the medium of choice for data links in manufacturing equipment. Image: Kitmodo Marketplace / Flickr (source) (CC BY 2.0)

    Because of tolerance for harsh environments, POF is the medium of choice for robust data links in biometric applications, particularly those used by the military. Image: The U.S. Army / Flickr (source) (CC BY 2.0)

    When a plastic optical fiber undergoes a physical change, such as bending, the light passing through it undergoes changes that are detectable, allowing it to be used as a sensor.