Outdoor Wireless Network Solution for Tourist Spots

Overview

The Maldives sits in the Indian Ocean comprising of 26 round atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands.  Known for its beaches, it’s a popular place for holidays for those who want to relax and explore the lagoons.

The Problem

While tourists are keen to embrace nature and sit back and destress, they still want to stay connected.  To satisfy the needs of modern day voyagers, the largest telecommunication service provider in Maldives, Dhiraagu, was tasked with the initiative to provide Wi-Fi service across a variety of different tourist spots.

Given that Maldives is one of the world’s most dispersed countries, and most of the tourist attractions are widely open outdoor areas such as beaches, parks and piers, which have very limited sites to set up access points, this task couldn’t be handled by many brand name Wi-Fi suppliers in a cost-effective manner.

The Solution for Outdoor Wireless Networks

In response to Dhiraagu’s appeal, Altai offered Super Wi-Fi solution with Altai patented smart antenna which can support an outdoor Wi-Fi coverage as far as 1.7 km. This long-range coverage allows the project to equip significantly less APs than other competitors’ proposals, suitable for installation in outdoor open areas. The reduced amount of APs also led to a simpler but quicker deployment process and lowered the CAPEX as well as OPEX. Coverage for Altai products typically can provide up to 90% few installation sites for the same coverage area.

The telecom company was amazed by Altai’s unique Wi-Fi technologies and satisfied with the budget.  As a result of a successful installation, more and more locations in Maldives are now being installed with Altai’s APs.

The Product – Altai A8n: Super WiFi Base Station 802.11n Flexible Large Area Outdoor WiFi

The world’s leading 802.11n WiFi outdoor access point optimised for maximum coverage and highest throughput from a  minimum number of installation sites. The Altai A8n has been designed to provide industry best coverage and capacity without complicated networking protocols or the need for a high density of transmitters.

The A8n is a multi-radio base station utilising 8×8 MIMO smart antenna technologies and a patented signal processing algorithm  to provide the industry’s best coverage per base station, especially in non-line-of sight (NLOS) environments. The multiple  antennas of the A8n can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for area, pattern and elevation. The multi-beam  antennas of the A8n is designed to provide up to 3 times the range and 10 times the per site coverage as standard access point. Accordingly, up to 90% fewer installation sites for the same coverage area.

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For more information on mobile and wi-fi solutions throughout Australia please contact Powertec.  We have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in planning and installation outdoor wireless Networks. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions in your area, please contact us on 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


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Shipping Port WiFi Deployment – An Easy Choice

Improved Efficiency with Wireless Network Upgrade in Port WiFi Deployment

Puerto Lirquen, located in the bay of Concepcion in the Bío Bío region of Chile is the largest private port in public service in the country and it manages 250,000 TEU (The twenty-foot equivalent unit used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals.annually). In order to cope with the increasing need to connect real time data and onsite workers, the management of Puerto Lirquen decided to upgrade its wireless network to 802.11ac standard.

The port appointed a leading local system integrator to design and build the new wireless network with superior performance and high scalability. The new wireless network is designed to connect with the Navis N4 system, a container terminal operating system used in the dock areas to achieve faster turnaround times and improve the efficiency of container handling.

The ease and speedy deployment of the Altai Super WiFi Solution enabled quick deployment of the new wireless network for Puerto Lirquen. Following the successful wireless network upgrade, the overall port efficiency has been improved.

The Challenge

  • Large coverage area
  • High interference at the berths
  • Support of different types of applications and uninterrupted connection

Port WiFi Deployment Solution

Conventional access points are not ideal for terminal ports due to the high interference at the berths and Wi-Fi signal blockage by cranes and containers. Following extensive trials with a number of different wireless broadband solutions, an Altai Super WiFi Solution was selected for Puerto Lirquen’s network upgrade project due to its reliability and easy scalability.

Altai A8 and A3 series products are deployed for large area coverage while A2’s are used as bridges to provide wireless backhaul.

The Altai Wireless Management System is also used to manage and monitor the Wi-Fi network.

The Result

The Altai Super WiFi technology enables lower cost, high speed throughput applications, over extended coverage of the challenging terminal port. The site workers are now always connected via the handheld terminals.

 

Altai Technologies – For Hostile Indoor Warehouse WiFi

Business Profile

Telegram Co. is a niche lifestyle business owned by the Dymocks booksellers chain in Australia. They specialise in high end stationary including pens, inks, specialist letter writing papers, and accessories across a range of over 10,000 products. They are different from other distributors as they promote partners and sell partner brands to gift, lifestyle and homeware stores.

Telegram Co. and 30 of their 45 staff recently moved into a brand new warehouse space based in West Footscray, Melbourne. At the same time the administrative team of 15 (including 5 dogs) moved into a new Office site in Collingwood.

Both new premises was wired ready to set up state of the art point of sale, scanners, stock management, and dispatch software for the company, but they needed an expert to plan their wireless solution to enable smart automation plus connect the two office environments for efficient operations.

Business Needs

With the move to a new 10,000 square meter, 3 storey high warehouse, the business required an expert to review the site for the best Wi-Fi options. The company wanted 3 separate networks with differing data uses within each network. Telegram Co. contacted 3 competing Wi-Fi brands one of which one was Simon Moore, Principal of Fine Tune Communications who works with the Altai SuperWifi brand.

As part of the tender process Simon reviewed the warehouse and admin office floor plans off site to come up with an initial indication of product requirement. He then visited the sites to confirm with the client the coverage they required, check the construct of the buildings, and measure the RF signals in the area.

Warehouses are typically hostile environments in RF terms and they need careful review and planning to ensure even and full Wi-Fi signal coverage. There often have high ceilings as was the case with this site, reflective metal racking, and the RF signal is constantly changing with racks filling and emptying, forklifts moving within the area, and large paper pallets in stock blocking signal.

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The Solution

Fine Tune Communications won the Telegram Co. warehouse Wi-Fi in20170906_141445(0)stall job for a number of reasons:

  • Fine Tune provided a 30 day money back guarantee to the client
  • Their ability to provide a solution supported locally by experts with back-up from the Australian distributor Powertec Telecommunications.
  • The final quote was the most cost effective for the client at around 50% less than quoted by other suppliers.
  • The ongoing cost of managing the access points was substantially less than the competitors.
  • Altai WiFi networks have unprecedented performance, reliability, scalability and manageability.

Product/s Use

1) 16 x A3c 3×3 Indoor Ceiling Access Points configured to AltaiCare, 2.4/5GHz were mounted at strategic positions on the 3 story high ceiling of the warehouse.

2) 4 x A3c Indoor Access Points configured to AltaiCare were also installed into their administration office situated in Collingwood Administration office. The Collingwood offices have over 25 devices connecting to the Altai network which includes all their BYO devices.

The A3c Access Point install enables staff to move between the warehouse and the admin office seamlessly using the one sign-on. Both these sites communicate with the cloud based warehousing and administration software. From the Admin office they run their CRM system for order entry with the packing slips printed out at the warehouse.

The Altai A3c Access Point is designed to provide the highest speed 2.4 and 5 GHz dual-band dual-concurrent access coverage for indoor areas.

The A3c has both a 2.4 GHz (3×3:3 802.11b/g/n) radio and a high capacity 5 GHz (3×3:3 802.11a/n/ac) radio which can be operated at the same time for 2.4 and 5 GHz dual-band dual-concurrent access coverage. The dual-band operation not only provides the highest capacity up to 1.75 Gbps but also performs better in the less interfered 5 GHz frequency band. The ceiling-mounted design of A3c can be installed exactly on the ceiling where the capacity is required.

Highlights:
• High capacity 1.3 Gbps in 5 GHz and 450 Mbps in 2.4 GHz
• Built-in 2.4 and 5 GHz 3×3 MIMO spatial polarized antennas
• Ceiling-mounted omni coverage
• 3×3 MIMO in 3 streams for both 2.4GHz (802.11b/g/n) and 5GHz (802.11a/n/ac) radios
• Carrier grade 802.11a/b/g/n/ac AP for indoor applications
• AltaiCare cloud-based zero configuration and secured AP management
• Multi-operating modes allowed: AP, bridge, repeater mode or CPE
• 802.3at and 802.2af compliant PoE

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3) AltaiCare Cloud-based network management system, designed for simplicity and ease of managing client WiFi networks.

In addition to network management, AltaiCare supports an innovative, controller-less, cloud-based architecture for the access management of APs, providing secure admission and service control across a WiFi network. It supports full-suite of 802.1x based authentications and captive portal for secure web authentication.

AltaiCare highlights:
• Zero configuration allows a non-technical person to simply unpack and plug APs to WiFi network; the APs will automatically get configuration and firmware from AltaiCare
• 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

Business Benefits

The end result was highly successful warehouse-wide wireless communications, with RF signal unimpeded in any area of the business.

Simon from Fine Tune Solutions handed the AltaiCare solution to the customer – along with documentation and support available. The client wanted to monitor their own wireless network which is possible with the online cloud network system.

Fine Tune still remain as support with alerts emailed to them should a problem occur.

Testimonial/Commentary

“When you don’t hear anything from the customer, it means they are happy.” said Simon Moore, Principal of Fine Tune Communications P/L. “Configuration and set-up was very easy with Altai Access Points. I wanted to be on site for the client as they’d had problems previously with other Wi-Fi branded products, but in reality I could have configured the products online and just handed them over to my install team without even going on site.”

Contact Us Today about your own Hostile Indoor Warehouse WiFi Options

For more information on mobile and wi-fi solutions throughout the Victoria area, please contact Simon Moore at Fine Tune Communications Pty Ltd on 0418 335593 or email on [email protected].

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in planning and installation in hostile environments like warehouses. 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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Update: AltaiCare 2.0 Cloud Based Management System

Update AltaiCare 2.0 Enhancements

Altai Technologies is continuing to enhance their products, not least their Cloud-Based Management Solution.  A summary of the updates is below and the new specification sheet is attached Altai-AltaiCare-Catalog-Eng-170224:

User Authentication

    • Social account guest Login (facebook, google etc)
    • Email sign up verification
    • Text message sign up*
    • Advertisement engine

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Advertisement Statistics Enhancement

The Advertising Engine of AltaiCare provides a powerful yet simple content management platform for organising and selectively advertising content to users depending on the AP location and demographics. Moreover, real time analytics, rich dashboard, and reporting of AltaiCare mean that marketers can leverage big data to engage customers effectively to promote their business.

    • Added current login session graph in service domain dashboard to help analyse the real time login performance
    • New domain usage table provides crucial information for your domain usage on different wireless site

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Wireless Configuration Enhancement

With AltaiCare, ISPs can easily offer public access services via hotspots using free access, regular user account, social media, pay-to-access, or other captive portal login options. On the other hand, IT managers of enterprises can quickly set up secured private access services for their internal networks through 802.1x based authentications.

      • Provide firmware upgrade hint to inform you the latest firmware available for your AP
      • Added HT20/40 auto switch configuration for easier wireless mode configuration

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Unmatched Reliability and Scaleability

AltaiCare is built on secure, PCI compliant, redundant and massively scalable cloud technologies, ensuring the highest possible availability and uninterrupted service. It can support small deployments and can easily ramp up to support Wi-Fi networks with thousands of APs and tens of thousands of users.

AltaiCare On-Premises Built upon the proven and highly-scalable AltaiCare cloud-based solution, AltaiCare OnPremises is a virtualized WLAN management platform that can be hosted on a local server or a private cloud.

For more information on your specific Project and how these enhancements can help your clients, please don’t hesitate to contact the Powertec Team – [email protected]

The Largest Signal Coverage Outdoor Access Point

Altai Introduces the Largest Signal Coverage Outdoor Access Point in the Market 

Provides High Performance Wireless Connectivity for Smart City Applications

Altai Technologies, a leading supplier of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies announced that it will launch its new smart antenna 802.11ac Wave 2 carrier-grade outdoor access point – the Altai AX500 series, providing the largest signal coverage among 2×2 802.11ac wave 2 access points in the market at CommunicAsia (May 23-25) in Singapore.

With different antenna options available (sector/omni/external), the IP68-rated AX500 series is designed to deliver unparalleled WiFi experiences to mobile users for outdoor deployments, ranging from high-density public hotspots to large coverage narrowband IoT hubs.

Using the latest smart antenna technology, the Altai AX500 series is able to provide up to 1km LOS access — the largest coverage among market’s available 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 access points.

The AX500 series offers several technology breakthroughs to meet today’s WiFi challenges:

  • Multi-beam smart antenna to adaptively transmit traffic to each client by selecting the best beam that optimizes performance and range
  • MU-MIMO to increase the capacity of AX500 series substantially by allowing simultaneous transmissions from the AP to multiple clients
  • Integrated high gain dual-polarized antennas offer reliable and consistent performance to mobile clients that are constantly changing their orientation
  • Advance interference mitigation to provide significant reduction in interference
  • AirFi technology to enhance clients’ throughput based on signal strength and traffic

ax500Combined with AltaiCare and its powerful access control features and advertisement engines, the AX500 series delivers best-in-class WiFi hotspot solutions for high density deployments.  Being the largest signal coverage outdoor access point (both coverage and capacity), the AX500 series makes it the best solution for smart city projects.

“Altai has been realizing the smart city WiFi concept since its inception,” said Dr. Raymond Leung, CEO of Altai Technologies.  “Utilizing smart antenna technologies and patented signal processing algorithms, the Altai AX500 series is able to provide large WiFi coverage for city-wide high density deployments.”  Altai’s city WiFi solution has been deployed in over 100 countries and has been endorsed as a WiFi enabler for many smart city applications.

Altai is enabling service providers to quickly set up their WiFi networks for various smart city and IoT applications.  In conjunction with the functionality and feature rich AltaiCare platform, enterprise/service providers can manage their WiFi networks and collect data easily and economically for big data analytics.  Enterprises can also opt for either off- or on-premises AltaiCare versions, depending on their business requirements.

About Altai Technologies

Altai Technologies is a leading supplier of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies with deployments in 100 countries.  It is also the leading solution for the vertical industrial markets, covering over 200 terminal ports and airports globally.  The Altai Super WiFi Solution includes a complete portfolio of indoor and outdoor products for carriers, WISPs, and enterprises to support a wide range of applications such as mobile data offload, public access, WLAN access, and backhaul.

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.