Township Technology Company Receives Emmy For Fiber Optic Cable Innovations

David DiGiovanni, Chief Technology Officer of OFS and president of OFS Laboratories in Somerset, NJ, recently accepted the 68th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Technical Emmy® Award for “Pioneering Invention and Deployment of Fiber Optic Cable.” Photo: OFS.

A global technology company with a laboratory in the township was recently presented with a technology and engineering Emmy Award.

OFS, based in Norcross, Ga., was given the award for “contributions toward the pioneering invention and deployment of fiber optic cable,” according to a press release from the company.

OFS’ award recognizes the “unique, groundbreaking and patented fiber optic technology inventions by Bell Labs/Western Electric (OFS predecessor companies) and OFS’ role in continuing to develop game-changing technologies that have refined and enhanced the use of fiber optic cable for broadcast television,” according to the release.

David DiGiovanni, Chief Technology Officer of OFS and president of OFS Laboratories in Somerset, led the team that accepted the award during a Jan. 7 ceremony in Las Vegas, according to the release.

“OFS is honored by this recognition of the breakthrough discoveries made by our predecessor companies which OFS has continued to build upon with technological breakthroughs and enhancements,” Timothy F. Murray, CEO and Chairman of OFS, said in the release. “The invention and widespread deployment of single-mode fiber optic cable has fundamentally changed broadcast delivery over the past 30 years. Today’s fiber-rich broadcast networks help to enable the flawless, on-demand delivery of increasingly higher resolution television programs while also containing the bandwidth needed to deliver whatever incredible offerings the broadcast television industry will create in the future.”

“This award is emblematic of both our company’s proud heritage as well as our ongoing commitment to developing industry-leading fiber optic innovations that positively impact the quality of life for end users around the globe,” Murray said.

OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology companies such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a publicly held, Japanese multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications according to the release.


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