What I found was amazing advance in this technical field and coupling systems, particularly reliability/durability of coupled interfaces, and micro size of electronic conversion from digital to optic and vice-versa. I also found that use of fiber optics was increasing in defense vehicles due to weight reduction and complexity reduction (number of wires required between modules) where high number of sensor systems and data gathering/transmission are being done.
An interesting characteristic intrinsic to fiber optics is there being no inductive signal to interfere with other signals, being unaffected by other inductive interference, and being unaffected by EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
Ability to achieve further vehicle EMP protection thru isolation of sensor feed and data collecting systems from EMP shielded core modules was of interest to me for Jake Platform --- And, though likely on no one's radar in the Ag equipment and systems area, here I ask, should it be? What is value to large tractors, grain harvesters and grain storage systems, having EMP protection? Could this be of national security interests? What are the impacts if a nuclear devise were set off over a large region that could impact harvesting capabilities?
Obviously, a larger program for EMP preparedness needs to be happening in our nation, but is there a component of preparedness able to be incorporated by engineers designing today's latest systems? Maybe fiber optics is a way to aid in this challenge to electronics --- keeping electronics isolated and shield-able within economically viable means.