Gundy – a Switched on Smart City

Quinnell says early Council feedback has shown local businesses will embrace the approach. “We expect that as our local businesses embrace mobile marketing and advertising, they will utilise this technology to get more people into the main street and their shops.”

Business Profile

Goondiwindi is a little Australian town with a population just over 5,500 people, situated on the MacIntyre River in Queensland near the NSW border, 350km South West of the State capital Brisbane.  Affectionately known as “Gundy”, it is the centre for a busy farming community, producing a diverse range of crops from cotton, wool and beef to corn, wheat and barley.

For such a small town it is now punching well above its weight and leading the way in the Switched On Smart City revolution with the introduction of Free Wi-Fi on the Main Street in 2016. The initial pilot project was set up in Gundy over Christmas 2015 to enable testing of the full range and load capacity during the busy shopping period. Satisfactory testing completed, there is full roll-out currently expanding into neighbouring Inglewood and Texas.

Local communications experts Goondiwindi Communications partnered with the Council in setting up the Wi-Fi network

Business Needs/Solution

City free Wi-Fi was a major objective of the local Council’s long term plan to make the Central Business District a more vibrant and active meeting place.

Welcoming the move is Director of “Goondiwindi Plus More” Laurie Ward, “I congratulate the Council for its forward thinking efforts and I look forward to the team finalising the Goondi project and moving onto Inglewood and Texas …in the New Year.”

Product/s Usedswitched on Smart City

2 x A2 – The Altai A2 is a powerful access point/bridge solution with an integrated 5GHz backhaul radio and antenna, designed for micro WiFi coverage and high throughput PTP/PTMP bridging. It is a simple to deploy solution for remote micro coverage with integrated backhaul.

C1an & C1xan – are high performance Customer Premises Equipment, designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

AltaiCare – is the online access and service control, content management and big data analysis software.

Testimonial/Commentary

Director of Council Corporate Services Jason Quinnell says “Trent Murray and the team have worked hard to get the pilot up and

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running for the Christmas period so that we could test its range and load capacity during the busy shopping period,”

Director of Goondiwindi Plus More Laurie Ward said “The new service allows people to access their emails, check in regularly with Goondiwindi Plus More and to browse websites without using their mobile data allowances.”

Source: http://goondiwindiplusmore.com.au/goondiwindis-main-street-goes-live/

For more information on this project please contact Trent Murray, communications expert for Goondiwindi Communications who specialise in business communications in the larger Goondiwindi area (covering Sunshine Coast including Brisbane QLD and Northern NSW) Tel: 07 4671 3641 [email protected]

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Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in switched on smart city and outdoor Wi-Fi installations. 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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Wireless Farm Management System

Automation of the World’s Biggest Egg Producer

Application: Wireless Farm Management System

Products used: Altai A8n and A2

The Challenge: Large area coverage including indoor and open areas; Challenging indoor environments with moving trucks, forklifts and metallic racks which can affect Wi-Fi signals and network coverage; Reliable and always available connectivity is critical.

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Result: The Altai Super WiFi Solution was deployed to replace the existing Ruckus/Meraki network. The new wireless network covers both indoor and outdoor areas including poultry houses, layer hatchery facility, packing station and the open areas. All the facilities are now managed through the new wireless network without any network downtime or interruption.

Overview – Wireless Farm Management System

With 30 million laying hens and the largest layer hatchery facility in Mexico, the company is one of the biggest egg producers in the world. In order to maintain high efficiency egg production, the plant is fully automated with a modern inline egg grading and packing facility. Owing to the size of the production plant, wireless networking is used to connect the poultry houses, production lines and warehouses.

Large amounts of real-time data are transmitted through the wireless network and many of the systems are managed seamlessly through the network, however, the existing wireless broadband network does not live up to expectations. Poor connections, high latency and limited signal coverage have decreased the overall efficiency.

In order to improve the situation, the company appointed a leading distributor in Latin America to resolve the issues. Partnering with a local system integrator, Altai’s Super WiFi Solution was proposed to replace the existing Ruckus/ Meraki wireless network.

The Altai Super WiFi Solution was chosen by the company due to its super long range, low latency and superior performance. The new network has provided very stable and high performance wireless connectivity resulting in greatly enhanced production efficiency.wireless farm management system

The Solution

In order to provide full coverage in the open areas, Altai A8n base stations were installed on the rooftops of buildings to provide Wi-Fi coverage over long distances.  The multiple antennas of the A8n can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for a given area in both pattern and elevation. Its multi-beam antennas can provide up to 3 times the range and 10 times the per site coverage as standard access points.

For relatively smaller coverage such as the indoor areas of the poultry houses, warehouses and packing stations, the Altai A2 access point provides a cost-effective solution for creating simple and efficient 1 to 3 master-slave cluster systems.

The Result

The Altai Super WiFi network provides a stable and high performance wireless network for the wireless farm management system.  Applications like a wireless sensor network, truck weighing, goods tracking, wireless surveillance system can now be fully operated without worrying about the stability of wireless network.

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.

Contact Us Today about your Solar Powered Wi-Fi Options

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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Goodbye cellular data. Welcome NBN!

NBN Fixed Wireless – Rural Application

The need for high speed internet for regional agricultural based business is critical, not only for the running of the property but also for use of residents, family and staff, from social to educational purposes. Just some of the vast range of digital technologies already in use within Australia including online education, tracking devices, remote management, monitoring of machinery/livestock, security cameras, management of websites etc.

There are long term savings and undeniable benefits to be made by taking advantage of internet connection – benefits that will allow your business to become more efficient, prosper and grow.

Business Profile

This Homestead is well known to those in the industry as a top flight breeder of Bulls specialising in artificial breeding.  The farm lies around 80km Southwest of Brisbane in the Beaudesert region.

Business Needs

Previously the only internet available on the property apart from patchy mobile coverage, was via cattle
a cellular router connected back to the main homestead via a low end point to point bridge. This solution was both expensive and unreliable.

A dwelling on the property was deemed suitable for the NBN fixed wireless service. The only problem being that the NBN access was 4 kilometres away from where the internet was required – with a number of hills and obstacles in the way.

Solution

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After a site survey, the solution was easy but required a combination of the NBN fixed wireless, multiple point to point wireless bridges, solar powered poles for clearing hills at relay points and long range wifi access points for ground coverage in and around the homestead, office, labs and sale yards.

The installation was designed and co-ordinated by AETV Systems in conjunction with Powertec engineers. Special allowances were made for 2 x solar 10 meter powered poles with sufficient battery backup to operate for a number of days without sunshine. The incumbent cellular router is on standby in the event of an outage with the NBN or any of the relay points relying on solar/battery.

The installation was completed in 3 days.

Product/s Used

  • 4 x C1xan with 5GHz 20dBi panel antennas – longer distance bridges
  • 4 x C1an – short distance bridges
  • 4 x C1n – long range WiFi access

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Business Benefits/Solution

All buildings on the property are now linked via a high speed, low latency wireless network and enjoy the benefits of the NBN fixed wireless service. (The finance department are no longer receiving huge monthly cellular data charges for unreliable internet access. Happy management, happy staff and happy residents = a very happy business.) Further locations and access can be added at any time.

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Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in 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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Farm wifi

Thyme to Spice up Your Farm WiFi – Point to Point Solution

Point to Point Farm WiFi Solution

Coolibah Herbs started in the early 1980’s in Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. It began life selling vegetables and herbs from a 45 acre farm directly to the local markets.

From this humble start, Coolibah Herbs has grown in size to over 2000 acres, supplying major markets and restaurants of Melbourne and Sydney, plus extending their customer base overseas.

Business Needs

To support the growth of the business, Coolibah needed to improve business communication and extend Wi-Fi from one end of the property to the other – roughly a distance of 5-6km. To do this multiple bridges were utilised. The only internet service on the property was from an EoC Symmetrical 7mb Internet Service at the main Administration Block. A number of point to point data links were the perfect solution.

Farm WiFi Solution

To provide maximum Wi-Fi coverage, Altai SuperWifi products including 2 x C1an in bridge mode, one in the main Administration Block and the other in the Farm House/Nursery at the bottom of the property, were utilised. A further 2 x C1an’s were used to skip the signal another 50m across to the farm house.

For Wi-Fi coverage in both areas 5 X C1n’s were used as 2.4Ghz access points. The coverage is complete and there is no speed loss, up or down, at the remote site.

Bridge 1 & 2:

The aim of this bridge was to extend this signal to the Farm House and Nursery Block, to the North of the Administration block to poll Time clocks and stream Security camera footage as well as to provide network access to staff.

Bridge 3:

Network access was also required in the Agronomy department to the south, situated in another house approximately 150m from the Admin block. Underground cable was not possible so a 5Ghz bridge was set up using 2 x C1an’s. For Wi-Fi access a C1n was used. Again there is no loss of speed at the remote end.

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Bridge 4:

The mechanics who work on the farm machinery utilise diagnostic tools requiring network access. Once again 2 x C1an’s were used to provide the bridge, and 2 x C1n’s were used to provide Wi-Fi access in what is a large and cluttered area. No loss experienced here either.

Bridge 5:

A second farm approximately 3.2 km east in direct line of sight had no internet access. In order to allow admin to Poll Time clocks, provide network access and stream live security footage, another 2 X C1an’s were used to provide the bridge and a further 2 X C1n’s were used to provide Wi-Fi access. Some upload speed loss is experienced at this remote end however download speed is unaffected.

At all locations, the C1n’s were installed to extend Wi-Fi coverage to the areas around the buildings. To supply mobile data a Robustel R3000 4L LTE Wi-Fi modem was utilised.

Products UsedAltai Farm Wifi

  • 10 x C1an Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP (Customer Premises Equipment/Access Point) is an essential component used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in 5 GHz band
  • 11 x C1n Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP is used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage into indoor areas for broadband connectivity
  • 1 x Robustel R3000 4L LTE Wi-fi modem – a rugged 2G/3G/4G router offering state-of-the-art mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi for machine to machine (M2M) applications.

Testimonial/Commentary

With the ability to use Wi-Fi across the necessary parts of their property, Coolibah Herbs is now set to take control of their next growth phase.

“This bridge is …outstanding!!” Brett Davies, Principal Byte Back Solutions.

The bridges are very stable and show no loss over the shorter distances. There is some loss over the 3.2km bridge however due to the environmental factors (tin sheds, trees etc in the way) this is still the best possible outcome and is very usable by a happy client.

This installation was undertaken by PowertecWifi Partner Brett Davies from Byte Back Solutions in Boxhill South VIC 3129. To ask Brett for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected] or by phone on 0411 66 22 55.

Alternatively, contact Powertec for the contact details of a trained Wi-Fi supplier in your area.

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Point to Multipoint WiFi Solution – Landscaping Supplies Business WiFi

Thirty years on and this family run landscaping supply company has grown from ½ acre to 3 hectares and employing over 30 staff.

With such large growth of the business coupled with the expansion of the site, the owners decided to build a dedicated Customer Service Centre approximately 700m from the main business office.

The client wanted continuation of the phone, internet and eftpos machines at the new site without duplication of resources. After receiving quotes on cables and various other combinations of data transfer, they decided on an Altai WiFi solution.

The Solution

Normally a straightforward point to point solution, but due to the terrain and location of the remote site, there was no line of sight so it was handled as a point to multi-point solution.

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Product/s Used

1 x Altai A2ei – Dual band WiFi access point

The Altai A2-Ei WiFi Dual-band Business WiFi Access Point is designed to be used 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.

2 x Altai A2n – WiFi access point bridge

The Altai A2 Business WiFi Access Point/Bridge is designed to be used to increase system capacity, extend coverage, fill-in areas of low or blocked signals caused by obstructions and bridge wirelessly to remote site.

Both products are capable of providing the highest possible data throughput and capacity that the 802.11n standards can offer.

Business Benefits

Even with no direct line of site, the point to multi-point upload and back haul speeds were exceptional and robust – now operating at near full capacity and reliable in all weather conditions.

“We are discovering the full potential of the Altai product range in multiple applications. The entire range is easy to configure, manage and ultimately the best ‘bang for your buck’ available. Altai products are a great solution for small business’ that don’t want to go to the cost and effort of laying fibre optics or cables.” Geoff Carroll, RF Engineer, Powertec Telecommunications