Optical connectivity supplier Fiber Connections Inc. says it has begun beta testing of a new Industrial GatorPatch fiber-optic patch panel. The newest version of the patented GatorPatch product line will feature an industrial MPO connector and up to six industrial duplex LC ODVA connectors, Fiber Connections says. The fiber patching product offers IP67 rated connectors for installations in harsh environments. It will be available with an optional cover for added protection. “Our customer came to us with a request to build something even more robust than our current GatorPatch units. They were concerned with the long-term environmental effects and have had good experience with the ODVA and industrial connectors,” explains Hank Van Der Giessen, regional sales director. “As soon as we showed them the first prototype, they were onboard. Now we have twp other customers discussing installation sites.” Installation at a beta site in central Ontario will begin this month, the company says. The new GatorPatch will be used for fiber-optic communications in a location with high electromagnetic interference to ensure EMI immunity and secure, high bandwidth communications. Full product release is currently scheduled for September 2012. For more information on patch panels and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.