Smart solutions for fibre optic network

Digital & Internet
Product innovation

The challenge

Smart solutions for fibre optic network

The challenge lies in the ground: how can we design and build our fibre optic networks smartly, quickly and accurately?

1. Focus on the data issue with regard to information about the roll-out area (students where data, AI, etc. play a role in the study), or:

2. Smart solutions for dealing with soil cover or different types of soil (perhaps more mechanical engineering, geo-related studies).

The why

Why is this challenge important?

The large-scale roll-out of a national fiber optic network is a considerable job that takes years. We do this on a project basis and because no area is the same, it takes quite a bit of work.

Automation and optimization help us to do this smartly and quickly, but there are also activities where this proves to be very difficult. Consider, for example, the inspection of areas: what exactly will the buildings look like, how is the ground covered, and there is a lot of 'in the way' on the roll-out route. In addition to how it looks above ground, the soil itself (eg sandy soil, loess, clay) and everything that is underground (eg networks of other parties) is also important in the roll-out.

The solution

What outcome are we looking for?



What do we expect from the participants?

We are looking for:

  • Students from UT & possibly TU/e or TiU (depending on final challenge)

  • Mechanical engineering (bachelor & master)

  • Construction management & engineering (master)

  • Civil engineering & management

  • Spatial engineering

  • Embedded systems

  • Geographical information management & applications

  • GEO information science and earth observation (master)


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