Driven by the increasing data traffic and the increasing demand for bandwidth optical fiber technologies play a greater role in todays and future data-communication networks. Although the well-known silica fiber have the potential of achieving very large bandwidth, this fiber is not the ideal medium for high bit rate data-communication for office and home applications because its small dimension requires well sophisticated components as well as installation technologies. This increases the total system cost, inevitably. However, the technologies of plastic (polymer) optical fibers (POF) and the devices for POF nowadays show rapid process /2/. So, we could benefit from the special advantages of these fibers over a wide field of applications, from decoration to local networks, including lighting, image guides and sensor technique. Today, inexpensive and robust POF transmission systems are available on the market with high bit rate capacity. Bus-systems, e.g. MOST and Byteflight, are applied in the rough automotive environment.
The essential advantages of Light Injection and Detection (LID) Systems, which are a prerequisite to reliable low loss splicing technique and highly accurate loss measurement of single mode fibers, are transferred to multi-fiber/ribbon technology. In this paper we discuss in detail the main advantages of intelligent LID Systems and compare different techniques for the realization of fiber selective multi-fiber/ribbon LID Systems. The structure and technique of different systems are presented. Novel systems based on bend couplers have been developed and tested in the laboratory. Results of measurements are shown to illustrate the benefits of this technique.