Long-haul fiber optic networks allow for the real-time monitoring, control, and data exchange between electrical distribution grid components such as meters, PLCs, relays, and fault detectors. To transmit optical signals between such far-flung equipment, it is critical that the long-haul fiber has minimal light loss. Terminating into patch panels on each end of a long-haul run can ensure that the fiber is meeting an acceptable light loss budget, and then is not touched. Additionally, control panel real estate in substations and other grid infrastructure is at a premium. SNAP patch panels pack a lot of fiber connections into a small space and can be mounted right on the DIN-Rail or onto the backplane of a field enclosure.