Tech Valley High School Foundation names Michael Bellini to Board of Directors

Michael Bellini mbellini@integraoptics.comALBANY, N.Y. (Tuesday, August 30, 2016 ) – The Board of Directors of Tech Valley High School Foundation voted unanimously to name Michael Bellini, Director of Sales for Integra Optics, to the Board.

Tech Valley High School depends on its connections in both the public and private sectors to provide its students with innovative educational experiences that help them develop the skills necessary for the 21st century workplace. Since the school’s inception in 2007, the Foundation has provided critical material and technical support, helping to foster the innovative student-centered education that engages students in current emerging technologies and supports the growth and economy of the region.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, we are very pleased to welcome Michael to our Board of Directors,” said Dale Thuillez, Chairman and President of the Tech Valley High School Foundation Board. “Michael’s background in technology, relationships in the community and proven business leadership, will definitely serve Tech Valley High School’s mission well.”

Integra Optics’ President and CEO David Prescott added, “I am proud to have Mike represent our company on this board and among our peers in the region’s technology sector. Public-Private partnerships such as these are critical to the success of the students of Tech Valley High School and New York State’s innovation economy as a whole.”

Michael Bellini is a seasoned leader in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Before joining Integra Optics, he held similar positions at Windstream Communications, Verizon and GE Energy. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation Science from St. Louis University and is a licensed Commercial Pilot. Mr. Bellini will serve a two year term on the Foundation Board.

Astronaut Marcos Pontes talks to Glenmont Students about Space Travel

On Thursday, April 14, Glenmont fourth grade students had the opportunity to hear about space travel from a real-life astronaut. Marcos Pontes, Brazil’s first and only astronaut sent into space, has worked with NASA and spent time on the International Space Station. He shared photos and stories with the students about his life and his out-of-this-world experience.

Earlier this school year, Pontes also visited the BCHS Introductory to Engineering and Desgin (IED) class taught by Mr. Shannon. To the high school students, he presented on all of the different ways engineers have to design everyday items for anti-gravity, such as…read more. 

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Integra Optics Attending Adaptive Spirit 2016! 

Adaptive Spirit, formally known as SkiTAM, is one of the best cable networking events in the industry. The event allows Adaptive Spirit members to meet with vendors and access resources that will drive new business initiatives. Attendees also have the opportunity to share best industry practices with high-level, educational panels throughout the weekend.

Adaptive Spirit raises funds that directly benefit the remarkable athleticism and competitive spirit of the U.S. National Paralympic Ski and Snowboard Team, allowing the organization to remain the top disabled ski team in the world.

The Integra Optics team is looking forward to supporting Adaptive Spirit’s mission, and to participating in one of the top cable networking events in the industry.

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Integra R&D names Doug Grose to Board of Directors

Doug GroseExecutives from Integra R&D named Doug Grose to the Board of Directors for the company and Consultant to the product development and commercialization team.

Integra R&D is a Joint Venture between Integra Optics and TiOptics focused on product research, design, manufacturing and commercialization of photonics technology and high bandwidth optical equipment for cable and internet data connectivity.

Grose recently served as the first CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, currently the world’s second-largest semiconductor foundry company. He also held senior leadership roles at IBM, Hitachi, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and what is now SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Integra Optics’ COO Jeff DeWeese said, “Doug Grose brings a wealth of expertise in semiconductor engineering, operational leadership and a remarkable track record in building and growing businesses. His leadership skills and extensive experience in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry will help us accelerate our development of transceiver and HFC technologies that our customers will be demanding of us in the future.”

In his role with Integra R&D, Grose will provide the leadership to help accelerate the company’s new line of “turbo” solutions to provide the most cost effective single wavelength 100G/400Gbps transport optics at 500m-100km distance within smaller chipsets. Integra R&D’s unique development of this technology will eliminate the costly parallel optics in multiple-transceiver solution and extreme component requirements by the coherent method.

Doug Grose added, “Integra Optics and Integra R&D enjoy an excellent reputation in the industry, for their engineering, product quality and customer relationships. Both companies have exceptional technologies, leading positions in key growth markets throughout the Americas and a promising product roadmap. I look forward to leading Integra R&D into a new era and to working with a fascinating and future-oriented management team.”

About Integra R&D
Integra R&D is a Joint Venture with Integra Optics focused Integra R&D Logoon research, design and commercialization company for the telecommunications and cable industries. The company is developing next generation high bandwidth transceiver and HFC equipment compatible with all network platforms. Applications include use in headend
optical transceivers, optical nodes, return path transceivers,  and other communication equipment.
Integra R&D is located in San Diego, CA with sales offices in Albany, NY.

An Introduction to Fiber Jumper Connector Ends 

In the forty years since fiber optics were invented, more than 100 different fiber optic connectors have been introduced to the marketplace, each designed to lower signal loss, lower cost, or be easier to terminate. The next in our know-how video series takes a brief look at two popular types of fiber jumper connector ends.   


A wide selection of fiber jumpers
In stock and ready to ship

Fiber Optic Jumper Cables, also known as fiber optic patch cables or fiber optic patch cords, are in stock and ready to ship. We have a variety of types including single-mode and multimode with factory-terminated connectors. Our standard lengths are 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 meters. Call us for custom lengths and emergency orders. Click here to view the complete fiber jumper catalog!

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Integra Optics Cleaning Kits

Our cleaning kits are designed to help field techs clean fiber networks quickly, reliably, and affordably. These cleaning supplies provide optical-grade, lint-free cleaning wipes, non-flammable and non-hazardous cleaning solution, high-performance cleaning sticks and connector cleaning clickers. All materials are non-flammable and meet TSA guidelines. Cleaning kits are ready to ship. Click here to view the full product catalog!

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For more information about Integra Optics cleaning kits and fiber jumpers, please contact our sales team or call us at 877-402-3850.

Why bend insensitive fiber is better: Tip #2

Bend-insensitive fiber has many advantages. In patch panels, it should not suffer from bending losses where the cables are tightly bent around the racks. In buildings, it allows fiber to be run inside molding around the ceiling or floor and around doors or windows without inducing high losses. It’s also insurance against problems caused by careless installation. (Source: Fiber Optic Association, Inc.)

At Integra Optics, we typically recommend bend insensitive cable for all of these reasons. Watch Scott Owens demonstrate the difference in signal loss between standard and bend insensitive fiber jumpers by tightly wrapping the cable around an impossibly small bend.


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to view our complete fiber jumper catalog!

Click here to view our cleaning kit products catalog!

For more information about Integra Optics cleaning kits and fiber jumpers, please contact our sales team or call us at 877-402-3850.

Are you properly cleaning your optics? Tip #1

We get a lot of calls from customers asking our experts to help troubleshoot their issues. We’re happy to help and we respond on nights and weekends too. Most of the time, problems with optics can be solved by simply cleaning the product. So, we wanted to share our know-how with you in a series of videos. They might be new to some or a refresher for others but we promise they will always be helpful. Click on the video below!


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to view the cleaning kit products catalog!

Click here to view the fiber jumper catalog!

For more information about Integra Optics cleaning kits and fiber jumpers, please contact our sales team or call us at 877-402-3850.

Integra Optics announces joint venture with TiOptics

ALBANY, N.Y. (Monday, March 7, 2016) –  Executives from Integra Optics announced today the formation of a joint venture with TiOptics, Inc., a fiber optic technology research and product development company located in San Diego, California. The new business unit will be formally called Integra R&D.

Integra R&D LogoIntegra Optics, currently headquartered in Albany, NY with a satellite manufacturing facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is an independent provider of compatible optics equipment for the cable and telecommunication industries in the Americas. TiOptics was formally known as Titan Photonics. The JV agreement transferred ownership of all intellectual property (IP) to Integra Optics who will also be solely responsible for the sales of commercially available products.

The JV with TI Optics strengthens Integra Optics’ product roadmap and repositions the company as an independent manufacturer of optics technologies: from market research, product R&D, manufacturing, sales and logistics for distribution throughout the world. TiOptics specialized in photonics technology and high bandwidth optical equipment for cable and internet data connectivity.

The JV also complements Integra Optics’ current offerings by adding a compelling portfolio of HFC products and research & development – key priorities for Integra Optics and their customers. Integra R&D will be an important business unit for Integra Optics, and will also cement the company’s presence on the west coast.

The new R&D business unit will be led by General Manager Charlie Chen, while CK Sun, PhD will play an integral role in the company’s development of IP. Dr. Sun has over 20 years of experience in RF optical equipment design. He holds 13 patents in the field of RF photonics technology, and has published 49 professional works. Sun is best known as the inventor of the 1310 transmitter using coaxial lasers, resulting in a transmitter drawing less power at a lower cost to operate. This led to his company being acquired by Cisco in 2007.

“The joint venture with TiOptics’ intellectual property, R&D capabilities and talent – combined with our expertise in optical transceivers – allows us to offer our customers a vast assortment of high performance equipment as well as end to end service from developing customized solutions to providing on-site support,” says Integra Optics CEO David Prescott.

CK Sun, PhD commented on the R&D roadmap, “Our work in the coming months will be on the design and production of technologies that our customers will demand in the coming years. Specifically, we are focused on “turbo” solutions to provide the most cost effective single wavelength 100G/400Gbps transport optics at 500m-100km distance within smaller chipsets. Our unique development of this technology eliminates the costly parallel optics in multiple-transceiver solution and extreme component requirements by the coherent method. This, combined with Integra Optics’ ability to manufacture and deploy these new products will enable the company to drastically reset the market price for this technology.”
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About Integra Optics
Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optic companies that specializes in developing customized fiber optic components, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its high-performance optical equipment that is compatible with all network platforms. The company is also known for their custom-engineered networking solutions, rapid delivery time, and white-glove customer service. Integra Optics was voted a 2014 & 2015 Top Workplace in New York State’s Capital Region, and as a veteran-owned business, is also the home of the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program in upstate New York. For more information visit IntegraOptics.com.

About TiOptics, Inc.
TiOptics, Inc. specializes in the research and development of high bandwidth optical technology for cable and internet data connectivity. TiOptics’ product roadmap includes headend transmitters, network splitters, return path transceivers, amplifiers, optical nodes and other communication equipment. The company is located in San Diego, California.

Integra Optics launches Production Facility in Brazil

Our first fiber optic equipment production facility south of the US-Mexico border.

Brazil’s first and only Astronaut, Marcos Pontes, joins the company as Brand Ambassador.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (January 26, 2016) – Executives from Integra Optics announced today during the Metroconnect 2016 Trade show the launch of their first international production facility in São Paulo, Brazil, which is the only facility of its kind in the region.

America’s fastest-growing independent provider of fiber optic and HFC network components, Integra Optics’ new facility in São Paulo marks another significant milestone for the company as they continue to advance their international presence. The company’s decision to expand operations into Brazil is in response to the expanding customer base and the country’s rapidly increasing demand for network technologies.

“There is a huge market demand in Brazil for expanded telecommunications and additional bandwidth, as more and more consumers are using the internet and commercial users migrate to the cloud,” says Integra Optics’ COO Jeff DeWeese. “Brazil is currently ranked #5 in the world for highest number of internet users, and that number is projected to grow by more than five percent in 2016. Our facility in Brazil is based on the model that fueled our success in the U.S. and is poised to meet that demand. This facility is our first engineering, custom coding and production facility with significant inventory south of the US-Mexico border.”

The São Paulo facility is a self-sustaining operation with a team of in-house engineers that use their expertise to provide customers with 100% OEM compatible, high quality optical transceivers, passives and HFC network components. The entire Integra Optics product line is quality tested to ISO9001 certified standards; and custom coded on-site in Brazil to ensure compatibility with customers’ specific platforms.

Integra Optics Brazil, is led by the division’s CEO, Odilon Claro de Oliveira Jr. “In the past, South and Central American MSO and telecommunication companies had no choice but to source products from overseas inventory, await shipping and customs delays and incur import tariffs. Today, we are able to service these companies better than anyone else in the industry. We stock significant inventory with a logistics-driven facility that ensures our customers receive orders at the fastest rate in the industry.”

Integra Optics Brazil has also hired Brazilian Astronaut and Air Force pilot, Marcos Pontes, as an advisor and Brand Ambassador. Stationed in São Paulo, Pontes will work closely with Oliveira and his team to build brand awareness, develop new business strategies, and create new sales opportunities.

“I believe investments in education, science and technology infrastructure are important to the future of Brazil,” Pontes noted. “So when I see a company like Integra Optics growing, adding jobs and making financial investments in my country, I embrace the opportunity for the company to succeed and the people of Brazil and South America to benefit. I am honored to be associated with this team.”

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is one of America’s fastest-growing independent providers of fiber optic and HFC network components. The company has earned national recognition for its 100% OEM-compatible high-performance optical equipment and is the only such company to receive ISO 9001 certification for its quality programs. Integra Optics is listed on INC magazine’s list of fastest growing companies in 2015, was voted a 2014 & 2015 Top Workplace in New York State’s Capital Region, and as a veteran-owned business, is also the home of the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program in upstate New York. For more information visit IntegraOptics.com and for the Brazil web site, visit http://www.integraoptics.com.br.

Integra Optics is coming to a City Near You!

Integra Optics is bringing our expertise and thought leaders to your town in 2016! Be on the look out for us at the tradeshows/conferences listed below. We’d love to hear about your needs and challenges, and tell you how we can work with you to provide a customized solution.

Metro Connect – Miami, FL 1/26 – 1/27
Rural Telecom Expo – Orlando, FL 2/21 – 2/24
Channel Partners Conference – Las Vegas, NV, 3/16 – 3/18
OFC – Anaheim, CA, 3/22 – 3/24
SkiTAM – Vail, CO, 4/7 – 4/10
NANOG – Chicago, IL, 6/13 – 6/15
NANOG – Dallas, TX, 10/17 – 10/19
Fiber to Home – Nashville, TN, 6/13 – 6/15
Futurecom – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 10/17 – 10/20
SCTE Cable-Tec Expo – Philadelphia, PA, 9/26 – 9/29

Integra Optics is also hosting four Thought Leadership Conferences throughout the year. These will be exciting events where prominent thought leaders in the industry will come together with Integra Optics customers to share industry insights and discuss upcoming trends, challenges, and technologies in telecom and fiber optics. More information about locations and dates coming soon!

Integra Optics Attending Metro Connect 2016!

Integra Optics is excited to attend Metro Connect 2016! We are joining the conversation to explore key themes that are relevant to our growth in the coming year. Specifically, the acquisitions, new technologies and capital investments that will help us to better serve our customers.

We also have two MAJOR announcements planned for the conference. Stay tuned for details!

This year’s Metro Connect conference is taking place in Miami,  January 26th & 27th. The conference brings together telecom leaders from across the country to share industry insights, trends, and the topics that matter most in 2016.

There is still time to register for Metro Connect 2016! Click here to register.

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Integra Optics Gives Back for 2015 Holiday Season!

Integra Optics is the home of the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program in upstate New York, and December wrapped up another successful year of donations. A total of $91,000 dollars was given to support the 2015 campaign; $40,000 of which was donated by Integra Optics. With the help of other local businesses and organizations, the program collected and distributed 125,000 toys this year to children across upstate New York. Toys are delivered by volunteers aboard the Toys for Tots train, which travels from Albany, N.Y. all the way up to the border of Canada in Clinton County, N.Y.

Albert Roman Jr., Logistics Supervisor at Integra Optics, is a retired Marine Corps veteran and has been the region’s Toys for Tots Program Coordinator for the past three years. Since Roman has led the program, over 300,000 toys have been distributed to children throughout the state. It’s a huge undertaking, but Roman is proud to do it, and he takes much satisfaction in knowing that he is leading an effort that brings great joy to thousands of children every holiday season.

Roman says, “Coming from a poor background, and being able to make a difference in a kids’ life is important because someone needs to show or tell these kids that no matter what situation they are currently going through, there will be a better tomorrow, and I’m living proof of it.”

Roman was awarded the Toys for Tots Coordinator of the Year in 2015 for his outstanding work in leading the Northeast region program.

View photos from this year’s Toys for Tot’s season on Integra Optics Facebook page. Check out more photos on the Capital Region’s Toys for Tots Facebook page here.