Hotel Wi-Fi Parking Management System

It is always the commitment of a hotel to provide its guests with high quality services. The Four Points by Sheraton in Puchong, Malaysia always strives to enhance total customer satisfaction and one of its projects was to improve the parking ticket verification system.

The Challenge

– Lack of Ethernet ports in the hotel lobby and event floor
– Very short deployment time
– Limited sites for installation (without complicated wiring and renovation work)

Overview – Hotel Wi-Fi Parking Solution

The hotel guests normally need to verify their parking tickets at the reception counter to enjoy free parking before they drive away from the car park. However, the queue time is very long at the counter during peak hours (such as check-in/out time) or whenever there is an event held in the hotel.

Therefore, the hotel appointed a local Altai solutions provider to design and build a total solution to shorten the parking ticket verification time. Since the hotel lobby is lacking Ethernet ports, in order to minimise the wiring and renovation work it was decided to deploy a total wireless solution.

Connecting the main ticket machine at the hotel together with the reception counter and event floor, the Wi-Fi network allows guests to verify their parking tickets anywhere in the lobby or event floor via a handheld verification terminal. The new solution has significantly improved the parking ticket verification procedure.

The Solutionhotel wi-fi parking

There are four Altai C1n’s used to interconnect the hotel wi-fi parking ticket verification system. One C1n in AP mode is installed on the top of main ticketing machine at the hotel to connect with another two C1n’s installed at the reception counter and the event floor. Owing to the size of the hotel lobby, an additional C1n is installed in the reception counter as a CPE to extend the WiFi signal to provide full network coverage. As the solution did not require complicated wiring nor renovation work, the installation was completed in only two days.

The Result

The main ticketing machine, hotel lobby, reception counter and event floor are now connected with a Altai Super WiFi network. This new wireless solution provides higher flexibility to both hotel guests and staff. Instead of queuing up at the reception counter, hotel guests can verify their parking tickets through any hotel staff via handheld verification terminals and then go direct to the car park. It has significantly enhanced the overall efficiency and improved the service quality of the hotel.

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Updates to AltaiCare – Cloud Based Wi-Fi Management System

Updates to AltaiCare – Cloud Based Wi-Fi Management System

AltaiCare is a cloud-based network management and service control software system. It is designed for WiFi service providers with integrated network management and service control functionalities for fast and cost saving service provisioning, as well as location-aware content management and big data analytics to help defining sales and marketing strategies based on customer behavior. Service providers or enterprises can simply subscribe the AltaiCare cloud-based wi-fi management solution for the number of AP’s and years they need.

AltaiCare highlights:

  • Cost saving – no AP controller, access controller or service controller is required
  • Ease of deployment – cloud-based and zero configuration supports fast provisioning at ease
  • Powerful multiple-site remote management
  • Powerful controller functions – including local breakout and captive portalCloud based wi-fi management system
  • High security, scalability and reliability
  • Flexible 3-tier user and security login
  • Advertising content management supporting AP location-aware or Altai beacon content feeding
  • Use behavior and web-surfing history big data analytics

Range of Enhancements

AltaiCare is about to launch a range of enhancements to the application. On top of the already impressive list of features including network management, zero AP configuration, reporting and authentication, AltaiCare have now introduced the use of social media integration for user authentication and an on-premises server based version for in house or closed network solution.

User authentication via Facebook

The feature allows users to authenticate onto a WiFi network via their Facebook account. The user is redirected to the WiFi owners Facebook page and prompted to “like” it in return for access. This enables the owner to build their social media database for future marketing and social media announcements. Information on user demographic is also then available in the form of reports.

AltaiCare On-Premises

In instances where internet access may not be available or needed therefore rendering standard cloud based system useless for closed network environments,  Altai are releasing server based versions. The complete list of features are available in the On-Premises server version. The On-Premises version is a one off set of software purchases depending on number of AP’s as well as optional ongoing annual support.

AltaiCare On-Premises is available now, with User Authentication via Facebook due to roll out by the end of the year 2016.

For any queries don’t hesitate to contact Geoff Carroll or the team at Powertec.

 

 

Long Range Wi-Fi Networks – NSW Recreation Centres

Business Profile

The motto of the NSW Government Office of Sport and Recreation is “More People, More Active, More Often” ….and now they can add “More Wi-Fi” to this slogan.

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The Sport and Recreation Department has 11 Centres across NSW, set in the most beautiful scenic river, beach, bush or alpine locations. Visitors can choose from the serene beauty of the Hawkesbury River and Lake Macquarie, to the relaxed banks of Lake Ainsworth, the snow country of Jindabyne and pastoral serenity of Borambola, Lake Burrendong and Lake Keepit. Each Centre offers a variety of activities and programs that take advantage of the unique features of their location and facilities.

Recently the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation decided to completely review their communication systems for sporting/recreation facilities across NSW; some of the sites had basic Wi-Fi giving limited site coverage but in general the existing set-up didn’t cover the requirements of guests or staff.

Business Needs

The planning and install was undertaken by Advanced Communications Riverina with Stephen Hood as the lead contact. Their brief from the client was to update the existing system to achieve full site coverage, including long range Wi-Fi networks, monitor data usage, collect data plus set up a separate corporate network separate from both the visitor and guest networks.

This was a big project with the following sites planned to be updated – and all connecting – with one of the first sites being Sydney Academy in Narrabeen:

  • Berry
  • Borambola
  • Jindabyne
  • Lake Ainsworth
  • Myuna Bay
  • Point Wolstoncroft
  • Sydney Academy
  • Sydney International Regatta Centre
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre
  • Sydney International Shooting Centre
  • Sport House

The Challenges

  • Large size and long range Wi-Fi requirements of the sites; coverage numbers for Wi-Fi use ranged from 250 people per site through to over 1000 at some of the Olympic Venues.
  • Foliage/trees limiting RF transmission
  • Sarking (building felt fixed over the rafters of a roof underneath tiles of slate) was discovered wrapped around the walls in the building. This is normally just found underneath roof tiles but results in reflecting RF signal away from the buildings.
  • Large concrete buildings with bunkers (shooting centre)

The Process and Solution

To manage this large project there were a number of steps needing to be done for each site with the first site being Sydney Academy of Sport in Narabeen.  This site was used as the template for moving forward though there were specific challenges to each that needed to be addressed:

Basic steps undertaken for the project included:

  • Full consult with the client to understand their networking requirements particularly how they wanted the corporate and guest visitor networks to run.
  • On-site survey to determine potential challenges for the outdoor Wi-Fi, the best locations and the equipment needing to be used
  • Off-site mapping to determine the best coverage area and planning for the challenges
  • Careful integration and testing of VLANS on site.
  • Design of public Wi-Fi splash pages for each site, ensuring terms & conditions of client were met.

Network Management Solution

Outdoor Wi-Fi

The AltaiCare cloud management system was deployed to provide network management and differing levels of Authentication for Wi-Fi users.

  • SSID 1 for general public access internet usage, with monitored bandwidth, data allowance and secure internet access for groups of users.
  • SSID 2 was for administrative purposes with a suppressed SSID. Other users will not be able to discover this network and it is the only one that allows access to business equipment utilised by staff. It was routed via the pre-existing Corporate Network
  • SSID 3 was the management VLAN for the wireless backhaul, AP and network management.
SSID VLAN Traffic Priority Authentification Encryption Bandwidth Control
1 102 Normal Captive Portal (and optional MAC address) Open Multiple Preset Accounts for Bandwidth and Data Allowances
2 101 Normal WPA2-PSK AES Corporate Users Via Citrix
3 1 Normal WPA2-PSK AES No Bandwidth Control

AltaiCare Data Management was set up and run as a test at the Narabeen site to finalise management requirements before being rolled out to the remaining sites.

Product/s Used

A8n Base Station – The A8n belongs to the A8 series which is the world’s leading 802.11n Wi-Fi outdoor access point optimised for maximum coverage and highest throughput from a minimum number of installation sites. This model has 5 GHz radio upgraded to 802.11a/n/ac standards.

 “The true beauty of the Altai products is their performance in the outdoor environment.”

With the client utilising the world’s leading A8n base station, they received the following benefits:long range wi-fi

  • 8 antenna ports for 4 dual-slant sector antennas, providing flexible 90° to 360° coverage
  • 8×8 MIMO combined with Altai’s proprietary smart antenna technology for the best available uniform large-area coverage
  • The multiple antennas of A8n series can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for area, pattern and elevation
  • Provides up to 3 times the range and 10 times the area of coverage as compared to standard access points
  • 50 cm co-location with 3G/4G cell sites on a single-pole
  • Up to 300 Mbps (access) plus 867 Mbps (access/backhaul for ac model) /300 Mbps (access/backhaul for n model) capacity per base station
  • Extended reach, with up to a 30 km backhaul range
  • Fast and simple installation using a single-pole mount for radios and antennas
  • Altai’s AirFi technology for higher capacity and efficiency per WiFi channel

AltaiCare Cloud Network Management Services – The system monitors data usage/limits and the offsite management of all the access points.

  • Zero configuration allows a non-technical person to simply unpack and plug APs to WiFi network; the APs will automaticallyAltaiCare Logo_long range wifi configure
  • Owing to AltaiCare’s local breakout architecture and CAPWAP protocol, management data that goes to the cloud is securely encrypted in SSL, while data and control traffic stays local
  • Allows IT managers of enterprises to quickly set up secure access for their internal network, as well as provide hotspots to accommodate guest access
  • Pay-as-you-grow subscription model of AltaiCare results in lower OPEX
  • AltaiCare’s location-aware advertising services enables additional revenue from advertising

Install

Install was undertaken and took 1 week for the first site.  Sites following were each different depending on how large they were.

Business Benefits

As you would expect from Altai Super Wi-Fi products, the coverage was exceptional and the end result is a happy client.

The coverage is fantastic with the Altai units and the penetration is excellent. Ease of management of the splash page for the end user is very simple.

Stephen Hood, Advanced Communications Riverina

 

Contact Us Today about your Long Range Wi-Fi Options

This Wi-Fi Installation was undertaken by Advanced Communications Riverina who specialise in business communications via PABX, telephone systems and Wi-Fi.   They service the larger regional NSW area and are based in Wagga Wagga.

For more information on this install you can contact  Stephen Hood, Unified Communications Sales Adviser directly on [email protected] or call 02 6922 2222.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in large area, high traffic outdoor Wi-Fi. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec on 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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The 5GHz Unlicensed Spectrum is not a Free-For-All

Wi-Fi and how the ACMA laws on the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum affect you!

Unlicensed Spectrum
Table: Illustrating Allowed Band/Channel/ Frequency/Usage

Class licences authorise users of designated segments of spectrum to operate on a shared basis. A class licence sets out the conditions under which any person is permitted to operate when utilising the license. It is not issued to an individual user, and does not involve licence fees, and there is minimal licence administration by the ACMA.

The Class Licenses set the user conditions and cover for frequency bands of operation and radiated power limits.  It is important that you are aware of what Bands you can operate in and the power that you are setting your equipment when you undertake a Wi-Fi installation.

So while the 5GHz spectrum is unlicensed, it is still regulated.

There are 4 bands in the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi can operate in.  Altai products can be configured to work across all the bands but there are set bands that you should be configuring depending on how you are utilising the hardware – whether indoor or outdoor. All wi-fi products can be utilised for all channels but you as the installer should follow the regulations when undertaking an install.

The Bands U-NII-1, UNII-2e and their corresponding channels (34-48 and 100 – 140) are reserved purely for indoor use. Band U-NII-3 is reserved for outdoor use and U-NII-2 is not to be used at all as it is reserved for radar.

Maximum EIRP limits

Along with the channels and frequencies you can and cannot use, you also need to be aware of the EIRP or Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power.  In a nutshell it’s the allowable amount of power you can program to radiate from your hardware (access points, antennas etc).  There are maximum EIRP limits that you can set for your install – an excerpt of the relevant summary can be found HERE.

You can find the full document detailing the Legislation around the Class Licenses HERE.

 

Wi-Fi Deployment in Underserviced Area

Wi-Fi Deployment in an Underserviced Wi-Fi Area

Cost Effective Solution for Wi-Fi Hotspots

This case study has particular relevance to many parts of Australia currently also experiencing underserviced Wi-Fi areas.

Application:  Free WiFi hotspots for local residents in under-serviced wi-fi areas

Products used: Altai A8-Ein, A2-Ei, A2, A2e, C1n and AltaiCare

Result: The Altai Super WiFi hotspots covers a total of 225 areas such as government buildings, schools, taxi ranks, clinics, police stations, internet cafes etc. At peak hours, there are over a thousand of simultaneous users with an average speed of 15Mbps per user.

Deployment Location: Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, South Africa

In South Africa, the lack of affordable, reliable, high speed broadband access has negatively impacted the country’s development. The high cost of communication has constrained investment in South Africa as a regional business hub.

To improve the broadband penetration of the country, South Africa Connect, a national broadband policy, has been implemented.

Telecommunication Holdings (Pty) Ltd (“Galela”) offers internet connection services in underserviced wi-fi areas of South Africa including townships and rural areas. Galela has successfully deployed a WiFi hotspot network in one of the large District Municipalities in South Africa, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (“Dr.KKDM”).

An Altai Super WiFi solution was chosen for the network deployment as it requires fewer base stations and access points persquare kilometre. Altai Super Wifi Solution uses a patented long range technology. This technology significantly lowers the total project cost and shortens the deployment time.

The WiFi service in Dr.KKDM was launched in February of 2016; it provides free internet connectivity to local residents. The rollout is part of the South Africa Connect program to provide fast, reliable and secure internet to all citizens.

Phase two of this program will cover all the provinces in the north-western part of South Africa; it is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The Challenge

  • Large area coverage with many WiFi hotspots scattered around the district
  • A large number of simultaneous users
  • Lack of Ethernet backbone

The Solution

Owing to the huge coverage area and high user capacity, Altai A8-Ein and A2-Ei are deployed on the rooftops of various buildings to provide WiFi access while C1n’s are used as CPE’s to extend the WiFi coverage. In some areas such as internet café s, schools and clinics, A2 and C1n are used to provide small area wireless networks.AltaiCare Logo_High Resolution

The operator used AltaiCare; a cloud-based network management solution that manages the WiFi network and configuration, due to many base stations and access points installed in different locations. This helps the service operator to manage the network more efficiently.

The Result

There are 225 WiFi hotspots in the city of Tlokwe located in the Dr. KKDM. The WiFi hotspots are deployed mostly in underserved areas such as townships and settlements. At peak hours, there are over a thousand simultaneous users with an average speed of over 15Mbps per user. The local residents can now enjoy 24×7 seamless WiFi services for free.

Ring is Lord of the Wi-Fi – Extending NBN Case Study

Case Study – Extending NBN

The install could not have been easier, in fact there was full strength at each end first time and the speed test from the home was running at 55meg, the same speed as the office. Now the family enjoys Netflix, internet, two way CCTV and security, even “in house” IP office telephony.

Client: Award winning Architect Terry Ring from Ring & Associates built his own home in the suburb of Pialligo, ACT in 2015, in Ring Extending NBNthe middle of a winery estate and had gone with minimal mobile and wireless services since moving in as the site was labelled “off the grid” by all the carriers and the NBN – even though he only lived 5km from Parliament House.   Quotes for the cost of laying lines to access internet, ranged from the tens of thousands of dollars to “Can’t be done”.

Upon contacting NBN data cabling and installation experts Transfibre P/L, Principal Greg Baker suggested that a point to point bridge be provided from his office to take advantage of the recently connected NBN.

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The offices for Ring and Associates Architects are located in Kingston, ACT – approx. 3km away from Terry’s new house.

The customer needed to work from home and utilising his office NBN and high speed data would solve his home connectivity problems plus allow him to exploit wireless for additional services like a remote IP phone service and connective security including CCTV.

Product/s Used

  • 2 x 20dBi panel antenna
  • 2 x Altai C1xan

The C1xan is a key component in wireless broadband access provisioning and perfect for use as a low cost point-to-point bridge. It can be installed outdoors by the side of a window, mounted to a wall, at the rooftop of a building or placed at the desktop inside for fixed broadband access or high definition surveillance cameras.

The installation took less than 2 days.

The Solution

coveragemaps Extending NBNA site survey was undertaken and the path profile between the two sites was determined – the antenna height at the office was
determined to be 15 metres, with a 6 metre high antenna used at the residence. These heights provided a near clear line of site between the two ensuring a successful point-to-point deployment.

The first C1xan plus a panel antenna was set up on the roof of the Kingston office building and used as a wireless link. The second C1xan and panel antenna was set up on the roof of his house 3km away.  A 5 gig wireless link was utilised

Being near the Canberra airport, care had to be taken to ensure that the radio frequency didn’t interfere with the airport radar systems.

Extending NBN – Contact Us Today about your Wi-Fi Options

This installation was undertaken by Powertec Wi-Fi Partner Greg Baker from Transfibre P/L based in Townsville St, Fyshwick, ACT 2609. To ask Greg for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected] or direct by phone on 0418 483 000.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in Wi-Fi installations including extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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Critical Communication – Wi-Fi Underground Communications System

Managing business requirements alongside safety for staff who work underground can be a sensitive balancing act, and one that you can’t afford to fail.

Because of this it is important to take advantage of improvements in technical and new product development aimed at reducing business costs, upgrading business information and improving staff safety.

The Wi-Fi Underground Communication System (UCS) was developed by Powertec Telecommunications in conjunction with our resellers for a specific client to improve their current method of communication when staff were traversing underground tunnels.

The final result produced great outcomes for the client – less staff required to do the task, better communication and improved safety. The Altai Super WiFi Underground Communication System was tested head to head with an alternative popular competitor and beat them across the board in terms of ease of operation, coverage and signal strength.

The Wi-Fi Underground Communication System Model

Overview

The client brief was to update communications when traversing through the network of underground tunnels by replacing the UHF push to talk/2way radio system used to communicate between the surface and the traverse teams.  The UHF system was used primarily for voice communications and was unreliable, with fairly sketchy service on occasion and only operated in shortWi-Fi Underground range.  These issues did not support robust health and safety outcomes, they placed limits on the amount of tunnel investigation work done underground in a single session, and did not allow widespread communication when issues forced further consultation with other company staff.

Powertec suggested that Wi-Fi be tested and worked with the partner client to arrive at the solution.  Wi-Fi initially had its own challenges – it had to operate above and below ground, the best frequency had to be determined and it needed to be reliable over some very adverse terrain.  One issue imperative to address was how to create a closed loop IP Network to allow handover from end to end.

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The UCS was pre-configured and provided as a boxed solution in a high impact Pelican suitcase.  Altai Super WiFi products were used due to their high quality carrier grade and proven performance to increase capacity and extend coverage.

  • Altai A2

The Altai A2 is a powerful access point/bridge solution with an integrated Wi-Fi Underground5GHz backhaul radio and antenna, designed for micro WiFi coverage and high throughput PTP/PTMP bridging. The A2 includes a MIMO 2.4GHz 801.11 b/g/n radio with a set of 2 antenna ports, and a MIMO 5GHz 802.11a/n radio with an integrated dual-slant high-gain antenna, making it a simple-to-deploy solution for remote micro coverage with integrated backhaul.

  • Altai C1an / C1xan

The C1an and C1xan are high-performance WAP’s designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.  They can be configured as AP, STN, Repeater Bridge.

  • Rugged HSP/LTE routers
  • ICOM Handheld communication device

Proof of Concept

It was determined that using the 5ghz was the better frequency as it would tend to reflects of surfaces rather than penetrate – a benefit when working with underground tunnels that are not straight. All staff held an ICOM device that controlled the Wi-Fi push to talk system.

The test was conducted in a 1.8km stretch of tunnel with man hole access entrances at each end of the test section.  The Wi-Fi Undergroundtunnel was a dogleg shape.

An Altai A2 was winched down on a tripod via the access entrance at each end of the tunnel, positioned to face each other. A router was positioned at the top of each access entrance along with an Altai C1an for surface access.

The positioning of the Altai products above and below the ground produced a closed loop IP network that the ICOM Wi-Fi push to talk hand phones could operate on.

Traverse staff and rescue teams already work with a backpack carrying their required items and a modified battery powered Altai C1xan with external antennas was included (adding Wi-Fi Undergroundno more than 1kg to the total weight).  This acted as a repeater for the signal from the A2 that was positioned at the access point at the start of the tunnel entrance.  As the team traverses the tunnel doing their investigation, the C1xan within the backpack reaches a predetermined threshold and then hands over to the next A2.

The handover threshold in this instance occurred at 1250 metres into the tunnel from the starting point.

There are a number of ways to handle the movement of the Wi-Fi IP network and this case study would potentially move the 1st UCS components and leapfrog it to the 3rd access entrance. The 2nd UCS would then be turned around to face the 3rd and staff could begin their traverse of the new section.

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Wi-Fi Underground Communication System Network Diagram (case specific)

Final Outcome

A typical above and below ground traverse team could comprise of: 2 teams tunnel traverse staff each supported by a rescue team, chemists, engineers, a communications specialist, and an underground rescue specialist.  It would not be uncommon for 24 people to spend the day investigating one 2km length of tunnel.  If there were any issues found, that number would grow as HQ staff and additional specialists may be needed at the site for consultation.

Utilising the Wi-Fi UCS could eliminate the need for engineers, chemists, management and other staff to be onsite.  The access to Wi-Fi now provides data from the underground traverse – vision, voice, video, monitoring, air quality sensors and more.

Communication can now be done with relevant management, chemists, and engineers, providing live access but no need for staff to leave their offices.  Project costs would be reduced.

The traverse can now be done in a reduced time.  It is possible that productivity could increase by over 200% (10km in one day instead of 2km).

Safety standards would improved for staff with access to live images and constant contact.

Application

The Wi-Fi Underground Communication System should result in cost savings, increased productivity and improved staff conditions – it has applications across a myriad of industries who manage the following kit:

  • Water pipe/sewerage monitoring
  • Underground tunnels
  • Gas pipe inspections
  • Lift shafts
  • Stormwater drains
  • Water tanks, gas tanks, ships
  • Building sites/high rise buildings
  • Underwater exploration (currently proof of concept stage)

Where you have a job that can be run from a packet switch network there is no need to send maximum people to do the work.  You can utilise vision and data from a UCS system to improve the access and save money.

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If you have a client in need of this application, Powertec are able to assist with your proof of concept along with design, construction and configuration.

Powertec have access to a number of Wi-Fi experts across Australia who specialise in planning and installation and the Wi-Fi Underground Communication System. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec – 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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Accommodation Park Wifi Case Study

The mining company currently using the site for its FIFO workers noticed that the moral of the workers had increased greatly after the Park WiFi installation due to staff ability to maintain communications with family and friends back home.

Business Profile

The town of Wandoan is situated midway between Brisbane (389kms south east) and Rockhampton (376km North East).  Not a big town, at the 2011 census, Wandoan had a population of 665.  One notable Australian who grew up in the town is Australian, Queensland and Brisbane rugby league captain Darren Lockyer.

The town’s economy is traditionally (since 1853) based on agriculture, including wheat and cattle with mining for coal and gas, growing industries.

The Wandoan Accommodation Park, is just off the Leichhardt Highway on a very popular inland route north heading towards tropical Queensland.  The 3.5 acre landscaped Park caters for caravans and camping but also provides 3 to 4 star cabins, suites and apartments for those who prefer to maintain their standards whilst getting back to nature.

Business Needspark wifi

With the rise of mining in the area, the Wandoan Accommodation Park has of late been used to house mining staff while they work on site on a fly in, fly out basis.

It is usual for a fly in, fly out job to involve longer shifts with little recreation facilities available to staff. However to attract and retain staff, accommodation facilities now need to ensure there are improved after hours facilities available.  By and large, Wandoan Accommodation Park provided an excellent base for staff with a pool, restaurant, BBQ’s and more available to while away the hours while working and away from their homes and families.  The one area the Park did not excel in was provision of Park WiFi services.

Due to the construction of the accommodation the buildings (dongas), signal penetration with traditional access points was intermittent at best which lead to poor user experience.

Business Solution Park WiFi

After site visit and review by telecommunications expert Daniel Davis from Darktime Computer Services, coverage plans were produced and once agreed upon, install was undertaken.

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Product/s Used

2 x A2Ei – 2.4GHz used for client access and 5GHz used for back haul. The Altai A2-Ei WiFi Dual-band Access Point is designed to be used in Altai Super WiFi systems to provide 2.4 and 5 GHz dual-band dual-concurrent access coverage for both outdoor and indoor areas, and to increase system capacity, extend coverage, fill-in areas of low or blocked signals caused by obstructions. It is capable of providing the highest possible data throughput and capacity that the 802.11n standards can offer.

14 x C1n – In back to back mode complementing Altai’s super Wi-Fi base station coverage solution are the C1n high-performance CPEs, which employ a patented smart-signal processing algorithm and an antenna designed to increase Wi-Fi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

AltaiCare – AltaiCare is a cloud-based network management and service control software system. It is designed for fast and cost saving service provisioning, as well as location-aware content management and big data analytics to help defining sales and marketing strategies based on customer behaviour.

Darktime Computer Services use the system for managing and monitoring the health of the network. Due to the site being a couple of hours away from their offices AltaiCare assists by providing real time vision and reporting. AltaiCare is used by the site owner to manage and control client access, bandwidth and data allowances. Prepaid, subscription and WPA-PSK access provides multiple levels of access to users and site management.

Darktime Computer Services received calls from the park owner commenting on how painless the 2 day installation had been.

Contact Us Today about your Wi-Fi Options

The Wandoan Accommodation Park Wi-Fi was installed by Darktime Computer Services.  Darktime are Wi-Fi, Computer and mobile coverage experts.  They service the Western and Darling Downs Region of Queensland including Chinchilla, Dalby and Condamine.  For more information on this install you can contact Principal Daniel directly on [email protected] or call 07 466 89 991.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in Park WiFi among many types of installations including extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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Solar Powered Wi-Fi – Say Bull to the Data Drought

Overview – Solar Powered Wi-Fi

Much like a kennel, a cattle feedlot is a managed facility where livestock are provided a balanced and nutritious diet for the purpose of producing beef of a consistent quality and quantity.

Cattle are generally taken to feedlots for two main reasons – Australia’s dry seasons and/or dry years resulting in pastures that have insufficient nutritional value; and customers demand for grain fed beef.

Queensland is the largest state in terms of cattle numbers on feed at approximately 60% of cattle numbers utilising this service (followed by NSW with 30%, and Victoria with 7%).

Business Profile

The Maidenwell Feedlot can hold 5350 standard cattle units (SCU) and is located on a 337-hectare (831 acre) property 7km from Maidenvale, and about 100km from both Toowoomba and Dalby in Queensland.

Like many farming communities, the data drought has affected this Feedlot with the lack of a robust wi-fi connection, limiting their ability to take advantage of any technological improvements brought about from connectivity.

The NBN has recently come to the area but stopped frustratingly short of this business being able to directly access it.

Business Needs

The business could not get any Wi-Fi signal at the house to be able to run their office and normal household internet requirements.

The owner of the Maidenwell Feedlot contacted telecommunications expert Mark Moore, Principal of Moore Things Audio Visual to see if they could access the NBN via other methods.Themaidenhillfeedlot2

Mark suggested that he install a Point to Point solar powered Wi-Fi bridge connection from the NBN to the farm house.

Solution/Product/s Used

  • 2 x Altai C1an – the Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP is an essential component used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage into indoor areas for broadband connectivity. The Altai C1an employs patented smart signal processing algorithms and antenna design to increase WiFi signal strength (transmit and receive) by as much as 16 dB*. It can be installed exactly where the throughput is required to boost up and provides greater flexibility and cost savings to WiFi deployments. The Altai C1n also uses less power than alternative products which is of great importance when using solar power as it the situation for this case study.
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  • 12VDC 120ah battery
  • 300w  pure sinewave inverter to power the NBN connectionThemaidenhillfeedlot3

(* in areas covered by an A8n Super WiFi Base Station or A2 WiFi Access Point.)


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Business Benefits

With the Wi-Fi connection working successfully, the Feedlot now have options and are able to start reviewing how to progress their business via online methods.

Stage 2 comprises building on the current Point to Point set up to include water monitoring of the dams, weather station monitoring and the addition of security cameras.

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This installation was undertaken by PowertecWifi Partner Mark Moore from Moore Things Audio Visual based in Nanango Qld 4615. To ask Mark for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected]  or by phone on 07 4163 1948.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in Wi-Fi installations including extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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More Smart Cities Online with Altai

Application: Free Wi-Fi hotspots for local residents, tourists and enterprises in city centre

Products used:  Altai A8-Ein, C1n and access controller

Result: The Altai Super WiFi smart cities solution covers three prime locations in the city center to provide free Wi-Fi services. There are over 2,000 simultaneous users with an average speed of 1Mbps per users during the peak hours.

Overview – Smart Cities Application

With an aim to make people’s live more convenient and to boost the local economy, the municipal government of a Northern China city has the plan to adopt different applications in the city to become a smart city.

In order to do so, a fully connected network is the critical enabler for these smart city applications. Trenching and wiring a city can be very expensive, wireless transmission is often the best and fastest way to connect the city. The municipal government has assigned a leading solution provider to design and build the Wi-Fi network for its smart city project.

Since it required large Wi-Fi coverage and high capacity, the solution provider has chosen Altai Super WiFi Solution due to its superior long range and outstanding performance. Three prime locations in the city center were selected as the pilot sites of this smart city project. The area included a convention center (indoor Wi-Fi) and two public squares (outdoor Wi-Fi). The free Wi-Fi services were launched early this year; it provides free internet connectivity to local residents and visitors in these areas.

The Challenge

  • A large number of simultaneous users
  • Large area coverage including both indoor and outdoor areas in three locations
  • Maintains low CAPEX and OPEX

The Solutionsmart cities altai

In the convention center, Altai C1n’s are used as C1n’s are mounted on the ceiling hangers in the exhibition hall and the hall entrance to maximise the Wi-Fi coverage. For the two public squares, Altai A8-Ein’s are installed on the rooftop and the wall of the buildings facing the public squares to provide large area outdoor Wi-Fi coverage.

Furthermore, two access controllers are deployed for access management, providing secure admission and service control across these Wi-Fi networks.

The Result

The Altai Super WiFi smart cities solution covers the indoor and outdoor areas in three locations by using 23 x C1n and 7 x A8-Ein. The wireless networks can support up to 2,000 concurrent users in total with an average speed of 1Mbps per users.

Owing to the superior network coverage of the patented Altai long range technologies, therefore less access points are required per square kilometer, resulting in lower upfront capital investment and operating cost.

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