The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 12 March, 13:45 - 14:45
Theater III
Session organized by Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO)


Session Description

The POF Symposium will cover recent developments in plastic optical fibers (POF) technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Leading technical experts and key industry players from adjacent industries such as automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics will be invited to speak at the event.

The POF Symposium agenda will reflect the nature of the POF market - very broad covering all the applications from low to high speed data links, low cost networks for automobiles, homes, aircraft and drones, POF sensors for medical and industrial use and for infrastructure health monitoring, POF for consumer electronics (4K/8K HDTV), as a few examples. There is new R&D on new materials, fiber types, sources, detectors, systems, and instrumentation. POF components are used for green applications such as solar collectors, direct conversion, and energy conservative lighting.

The IEEE published a new IEEE 802.3bv standard “Gigabit Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber” in March 2017 that is intended to support Gigabit transmission over POF in key markets like automotive, professional and home networking. IEEE is now pushing POF Ethernet in automobile networking.

Many of the POF users are manufacturers of components, subsystems, and systems which have POF designed into them as critical components. We will invite speakers from auto makers and aircraft manufacturers that have used POF in their latest car models and airplanes, home installers from Europe, consumer electronics companies from Asia, and service providers/cable operators who are evaluating the technology from the U.S.


Dr. Hui Pan, Chief Analyst, Information Gatekeepers and Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO), USA

Dr. Hui Pan is Chief Analyst with Information Gatekeepers (IGI) and the Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO). IGI is an internationally recognized market research, publishing and consulting firm focusing on the fiber optics and telecommunications markets worldwide. POFTO is a trade association that has been established to promote the common business interests of its members and the Plastic Optical Fiber industry in general.

As Chief Analyst, Dr. Pan tracks the global telecom, fiber optics, and plastic optical fiber (POF) market development and provides overall direction to the market and technology analysis of IGI. Dr. Pan has authored numerous market and technology reports on the telecommunications, fiber optics and POF markets worldwide.

Dr. Pan has a Ph.D in economics from Northeastern University in the United States.

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