As fiber optic distributed scattering sensing systems are providing innovative solutions for the monitoring of large
structures, the comparison of the different techniques and solutions is difficult because of the lack of standardized
specifications and the difficulty associated to the characterization of such systems. The article presents a tentative
definition of performance specifications and qualification procedures applicable to fiber optic distributed sensing
systems aiming at providing clear guidelines for their design, specifications, qualification, application and selection.© (2007) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.