Field tests of the above systems are also envisaged towards the end of this project. We will explore different applications of the developed technology that would not be possible if this project was not developed. As we will see, all the application tests proposed respond to actual demands that have been detected in the surrounding society. These application areas expand different domains in environment, communications and civil engineering.  In addition to this, with the knowledge acquired through the accomplishment of these basic objectives, we will also pursue the demonstration of the use of distributed fibre sensing systems as high-resolution wearable sensors. More specifically, we will show the applicability of these sensors to ambulatory human movement analysis.

The following table summarizes the targeted breakthroughs in the project and a list of examples of potential new applications that would be opened if the project is successful. We highlight some applications that we foresee to explore in the project in each of the specific work-packages.


Research topics (work-packages)

Present-day performance (commercial systems)

Targeted breakthrough

New application areas

Resolution enhancement: overcoming the resolution-uncertainty trade-off

Typ. 1 m in 30 km range

1 cm in 5-10 km, 1 mm in 1 km.

Detection of mm cracks in structures, Biomechanics, Intelligent Spaces, monitoring of gas vents in burning coalfields

Range enhancement: going beyond the theoretical loss limit

Up to 50 km with 2 meter resolution

>150 km with 2 meter resolution

Long pipelines crossing unmanned regions (e.g. trans-Andean, trans-Siberian, etc), monitoring of submarine cables

Real-time measurements over the complete fibre length

Typ. 1 minute for 30 km range and 10 µe uncertainty (less for reduced ranges).

1 second measurement in 30 km range and 10 µe uncertainty (less for reduced ranges).

Dynamic deformations in structures, train footprint monitoring, traffic monitoring in roads, etc

New topologies

Only linear structures

“Dendritic” capacity (within the multiplexing limits of the available components)

Smart grids, complex electrical, oil and gas distribution networks, cable bridge failure.