Wi-Fi Connectivity Solution Tindal RAAF Construction Camp

Business Profile

 Tindal RAAF construction camp is located 15km outside Katherine and 320km south-east of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The newly completed accommodation has been developed for construction workers at Tindal RAAF base.

The 120 demountables have been relocated from Darwin. The development is arranged in double-storey clusters. Covered walkways link the building clusters and the mess hall.

Aim:

Successfully achieve Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire construction camp

  • Overcome range and penetration issues as a result of building materials
  • Clean design, minimise visible wiring

 Products Used

  • 50 x Altai A3c
  • 4 x Altai C1xan
  • 8 x 5G 9dBi Omni Antenna
  • AltaiCare Management System

 Application:

Ensuring continuous Wi-Fi signal and connectivity within the construction camp.

  • There are several solid materials that the signal needs to be dispersed around.

The Challenge

As an active construction camp, a secure, robust wireless network was required.

Powertec responded to the tender for a local, reputable company to complete this install. Powertec’s Technical Engineer, Geoff Carroll developed a design to maximise connectivity throughout all areas of the construction camp, with minimal visible wiring.

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The Solution

 A3c product was selected for its superior range, distance and penetration through solid materials.  The choice of positioning underneath walkways and n enclosures reduced the visibility of the wiring throughout the camp.

The C1xan units linked the access points together via Wi-Fi rather than using cables.

The AltaiCare Management System allows the user to see: who is connected to the network, when they are connected, high traffic areas and ensures the connection is running well. This can be accessed by any device on or off the camp, providing constant visibility of the Wi-Fi connection and all the data                                                                                               that is collected. 

This product was also used during construction phase to ensure full coverage and remained in place after the construction was completed.

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Commentary

The Wi-Fi installation was a great success, providing signal coverage across all areas that were required.

The AltaiCare Management System is used regularly to ensure the connectivity is continuous as well as where the most users are connecting and utilising the Wi-Fi at the camp.

 

WiFi Solution for Automated Warehouses

Automated Warehouses demanding High Performance WiFi Network

The more popular brands in the marketplace are just not cutting it in terms of performance for automated warehouses. Typically, taking a warehouse using AGVs for shelf moving and order picking as an example, an A8-Ein(ac) base station could fully cover a warehouse of 8,000 m2 (100m x 80m), and an A3-Ei AP could also fully cover a warehouse of 5,000 m2. In contrast, for a solution using common APs, the coverage radius of an AP is typically around 10m, and to fully cover a warehouse of 8,000 m2, more than 20 APs would be required.

With the boom of e-commerce, especially the online-to-offline (O2O) shopping, major players in e-commerce and logistics (e.g., Amazon, Alibaba, JD, etc.) have been investing significantly in building automated warehouses, to improve the efficiency, minimise human errors, and reduce the cost.

In an automated warehouse, robots (e.g., automated guided vehicles or AGVs) move the materials or even the shelves to designated locations under the control of the back-end management system. To keep the system operating smoothly and effectively, a high-performance and stable wireless network which provides the communication channel between the robots and back-end control system is crucial. WiFi, due to its technical maturity, unlicensed spectrum, and abundant terminals/cards available, has become the most common choice of the wireless network for automated warehouses.

On the other hand, automated warehouses typically have complex and changing internal layout, with many robots working simultaneously, which pose some challenging requirements on the WiFi network, among which below are the most important ones.

  1. High-quality signal coverage. A robot should get strong-enough signal from the AP (and vice versa for the uplink) wherever it moves in the warehouse (e.g., the corners, under the shelves), so that it will not lose communication with the back-end control system, thus halt at somewhere potentially blocking the working aisle for other robots;
  2. Redundant coverage. Even if some WiFi AP stops working, the robots in its service area should be able to connect to some other AP nearby to resume the communication with the back-end control system;
  3. Fast roaming support for WiFi terminals. A warehouse is typically deployed with more than one AP. When AGVs move inside the warehouse, they may need to switch from one AP to another. The WiFi network should be able to help them achieve fast roaming among the APs, so that the operation will not be slowed down or even suspended due to delayed/failed roaming;
  4. High capacity. An automated warehouse can easily have tens or hundreds of AGVs. Its WiFi network should be able to provide high-speed and stable communication service to these AGVs simultaneously;
  5. Network security. As the communication platform for a control system, the WiFi network of an automated warehouse should enable authentication and encryption, and only admit designated devices (e.g., AGVs and handheld scanners, but not personal smartphones).

Altai Super WiFi Solution

Altai Technologies is the world-leading large-coverage outdoor WiFi solution provider. Via Powertec, their distributor in Australia and New Zealand, they apply their Super WiFi technology and products to automated warehouses, and provide an exceptional solution to warehouse customers.

Super Coverage

Altai Super WiFi APs have super large coverage. In line-of-sight (LOS) condition, A8-Ein(ac) base station can provide coverage up to 1.7km to normal clients (laptops, smartphones, etc.), and A3-Ei AP can also cover up to 1km. Thanks to such super coverage capability, by installing a single such AP at a high place at one of the corners of the warehouse, blanket WiFi coverage can be provided in the warehouse without any blind spot. See below figure for the illustration.

automated warehousesOne of the major reasons that Altai Super WiFi APs have such great coverage capability is the high-gain wide-beam antenna. The built-in antenna array of A8-Ein(ac) has a gain of 19dBi and 3dB horizontal beam width of 80°. A3-Ei also has an antenna gain up to 13dBi and beam width up to 80°. Moreover, their mounting kits support a maximum down-tilt angle of 30°, which enables them to have flexible down-tilt angle during installation according to the installation height and the size of the warehouse, so as to achieve the best coverage.

Typically, taking a warehouse using AGVs for shelf moving and order picking as an example, an A8-Ein(ac) base station could fully cover a warehouse of 8,000 m2 (100m x 80m), and an A3-Ei AP could also fully cover a warehouse of 5,000 m2. In contrast, for a solution using common APs, the coverage radius of an AP is typically around 10m, and to fully cover a warehouse of 8,000 m2, more than 20 APs would be required.

Coverage Redundancy

Automated Warehouses have heavy workload, which poses high requirement on the stability of the system. As the communication platform for AGVs and the backend control system, the WiFi network must be able to provide quality service persistently. Therefore, coverage (or AP) redundancy has become one of the important requirements for the WiFi network of an automated warehouse. Since Altai Super WiFi APs have super large coverage, the redundancy solution is direct and simple. As illustrated in the below figure, we just need to install another AP at the diagonal location of the initial AP. Both APs could provide full coverage of the warehouse individually. When one of them fails, all the AGVs could be served by the other one.

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 Fast Roaming Support

When a warehouse is covered by multiple APs, AGVs may have to roam among APs, which can potentially cause AGV pauses and service interruptions if the handover is not done properly and timely. Thanks to the super large coverage of the APs, Altai Super WiFi solution minimises the number of APs required and hence the chances for AGV roaming, and its adverse impact on the services.

On the other hand, Altai Super WiFi APs have mechanisms in the firmware to support clients to achieve fast roaming. Except the 802.11k/v/r standards related to fast roaming, Altai Super WiFi APs have also implemented some special mechanisms that can help with fast roaming, for example, setting a minimum SNR a client needs to have to keep associated with an AP.

AGVs typically use mPCIe or USB WiFi cards, of which the driver may not implement a fast-roaming mechanism. Therefore, the roaming performance may still be suboptimal even with AP’s support for fast roaming. Altai provides industrial-grade CPEs (C1ni/C1ani) which support tuning a variety of roaming parameters (e.g., scanning interval, RSSI threshold, etc.) according to the actual environment to achieve the best roaming performance. When working with Altai Super WiFi APs, C1ni/C1ani can achieve a roaming latency < 100ms even under WPA2-PSK authentication. Therefore, if an AGV can be equipped with an Altai industrial CPE, its roaming performance will be significantly improved. Altai C1ni/C1ani industrial CPEs have a dimension of 197mm x 96mm x 29mm, and use Ethernet as the wired network interface. Medium to large-size AGVs have a good chance to be able to install them.

Dual Band Coverage and Channel Planning

Currently a great portion of the AGVs in use only support 2.4GHz WiFi. But because of the limited number of available channels and high interference in the 2.4GHz band, more and more AGVs start to support 5GHz WiFi. A future- proof WiFi network for an automated warehouse should support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously. Altai Super WiFi APs support dual-band dual- concurrent (DBDC) operation.

There are 13 channels in the 2.4GHz band (without considering the channel 14 which is only available in Japan). The channel spacing is 5MHz while the channel width is 20MHz (or more accurately 22MHz). Therefore, there are only 3 non-overlapping channels at the same time, e.g., channel 1/6/11 which are commonly used in WiFi network channel planning (other combinations like 2/7/12 are seldom used in planning because they overlap/interfere with the most commonly used 1/6/11).

802.11n supports two channel modes: HT20 uses only one channel, while HT40 implements channel bonding so that two adjacent channels (e.g. channel 1 and 5) can be used together to have a 40MHz channel width and doubled throughput. Due to the limited number of available channels, it is recommended to use HT20 mode only in the 2.4GHz band, so that we still have channel 1/6/11 for channel assignment of the whole network.

Obviously, in 2.4GHz band fewer APs would mean easier channel assignment and less inter-AP interference. Altai Super WiFi solution has an advantage in this regard.

The 5GHz band has more than 600MHz spectrum width, and much more channels than 2.4GHz band (the actual number of available channels depends on the local regulations). Hence the channel planning is relatively easier. On the other hand, the 802.11ac standard operating in 5GHz band not only supports HT20 and HT40 channel modes, but also supports HT80. When the number of AGVs is not high, HT20 can typically fulfill the bandwidth/capacity requirements; when the number of AGVs is high, HT40 can be considered; HT80 is in general unnecessary.

AGV Capacity Planning

Not only do Altai Super WiFi APs have super large coverage, but they also have high capacity (concurrent clients). For warehouse AGV type of applications, the recommended max number of AGVs connected to a single Super WiFi AP is shown in the below table, i.e., 80 AGVs per radio (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and when in DBDC mode, 160 AGVs per AP.

2.4GHz 5GHz Total
Recommended Max # ofAGVs per Super WiFi AP 80 80 160

Network Security

For information security, the SSID for AGV access should enable authentication and encryption. In general, it is recommended to use WPA2-PSK authentication + AES encryption.

To further enhance the security by preventing non-working WiFi terminals (e.g., personal smartphones of the workers in the warehouse) from connecting to the SSID, MAC access control list (ACL) function can be enabled with black and white lists properly set.

Reference Case

Case 1: Warehouse of a famous e-commerce company
• Area of 10,000 m2;
• Shelves of 3 layers, with height around 2m;
• 1xA8-Ein(ac) for full coverage;
• 45 AGVs working simultaneously

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Guest Accommodation WiFi

Guest Accommodation WiFi

Business Profile

Nestled in the heart of historic NSW, 335km North of Sydney is the town of Wingham.

Wingham is a rural NSW town steeped in rich agricultural history and gateway to the Manning Valley, overflowing with natural sights to be found in their mountain streams, rivers, lagoons and estuaries.  The typically English town square is also surrounded by a number of historical buildings such as the heritage listed Post Office, Victorian style Arts hall, Federation style police station and Georgian Revival style Court House.

The 17 room pet friendly Wingham Motel is within walking distance to many popular local venues at the heart of Wingham Town. The Motel has a great reputation in the area consistently receiving good reviews….. with the exception of their internet access.

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Business Needs

The Wingham Motel contacted local wireless networks expert Hawkins Electronics to assist them with their wireless upgrade.

Owner Brad Hawkins did a site visit prior to install. The Motel is shaped in a large L with the offices (and internet source) in the front, causing access problems for the units at the back of the site.  Brad determined that Altai products would provide the best outcome for the Motel.  Minimal quantities of access points required, and providing a large coverage area.

Product/s Used

  • 2x Altai C1n to provide WiFi Access
  • 2x Altai C1an to provide the Wireless Bridge

Altai C1n in Access Point Mode

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The C1n is a key component in wireless broadband access provisioning. 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 provisioning.  The C1n can also be used as a standalone WiFi access point for smaller networks supporting 802.11b/g/n clients.

Altai C1an in Wireless Bridge Mode

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The C1an is perfect for use as low cost point-to-point bridge, in deployment scenarios such as commercial wireless broadband users or high definition surveillance cameras.

Business Benefits

The install was done within 1 day, causing no impact to guests. Hawkins Electronics took meticulous care of the details to ensure that everything was done perfectly – UV stabilised cable for exposed areas, 40mm conduit masting to avoid a null from metal masting, new cabling from the initial switch to the office Access Point and the Bridge.

Owner Brad Hawkins said, “Another great result. 17 rooms. The worst signal was around -50dBm. Booming through. As I said, a great result.”

Contact Us Today about your own Guest Accommodation WiFi Options

For more information on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions throughout the mid NSW coastal area, please contact Brad Hawkins owner of Hawkins Electronics on 02 6552 2288 or by email on [email protected].

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in planning and installation suitable for guest accommodation 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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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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Smart City Wireless Network

Smart City Wireless Network in Hawaii

Following Altai’s successful smart city deployments in different regions around the world including Australia, Mexico, South Africa, China, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and more, it has partnered with the local expert Sun Global Broadband (SGB), to provide wireless connectivity for Hawaii.

The initial phase of testing took place over the amazing beaches of Waikiki with the green light given to a more widespread roll out.

The solution by SGB provides unique “hand-off” capabilities and continuous HD video capabilities not usually associated with Wi-Fi.  SGB and its partners designed this network for multi-country, single sign-on capabilities for the international visitor industry. Specialised software supporting multiple languages over a private network will provide travel and location based applications for cultural exchange between international travelers, Hawaiian businesses, the Hawaiian community, and Asian and North American networks.

Spreading over 177sq.km, phase 1 of the island-wide Wi-Fi network has been completed with outdoor wireless coverage from Diamond Head, Waikiki, Ala Moana to Ward Villages.

The supplied wireless network serves as an unparalleled wireless enabler to all the system users including Municipality, MNO’s and Enterprises, for different revenue-generating Wi-Fi services and smart city applications. SGB’s unique network design provides low latency, high availability for superior quality HD video streaming, efficient VoWiFi, and highly robust connectivity for smart city applications. Unlike other access points, Altai’s 8×8 MIMO smart antenna technology is able to provide much wider and larger overlapping macro coverage with significantly less AP’s.

The technology also offers a seamless roaming Wi-Fi experience to any mobile device. Combined with AltaiCare, a powerful AltaiCare Logo_High Resolutioncloud based controller with AP and access management, advertising engine, big data analytics and more, it allows the installer to manage the wireless network under one touch.

SGB has benefited in a significant reduction of the total cost of ownership and a much faster scale of deployment. The new Wi-Fi network is like a cellular network at a fraction of the cost.

Altai’s patented Super WiFi technologies provides the foundation of the smart cities of tomorrow. When cities are becoming more connected, all stakeholders can benefit. MNO’s can benefit from the revenue generation and governments can make wiser decisions from the smart data collected through the network. In general, connectivity can indirectly help improve the sustainability of a community or in a larger scale the country’s economy.

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For more information on mobile and wi-fi solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, please contact Powertec. We have access to a number of installers who specialise in planning and installation for Smart Cities. To discuss your solution or 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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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 Introduce AltaiGate 500 Smart WLAN Controller

Altai to Introduce AltaiGate 500 Smart WLAN Controller

Reduces Overall Operational Expenses by Simplifying Network Deployment, Operations and Management

“With extensive experience in the wireless industry, the AltaiGate 500 is truly designed for businesses and network operators to enjoy enterprise-class wireless controller features but at an affordable cost. The Altai smart WLAN solution comes with a rich feature set that provides more control and gives greater visibility into the Wi-Fi network. It allows network operators to manage large-scale city-wide Wi-Fi easily.”  Dr. Raymond Leung, CEO of Altai Technologies.

Hong Kong, Oct 4, 2017 – Altai Technologies, a leading supplier of carrier-grade Wi-Fi products and technologies today announced the launch of its smart WLAN controller – the AltaiGate 500, an easy-to-deploy and highly-scalable controller solution at GITEX (Oct 8-12) in Dubai, U.A.E.

With a central processor that employs up to six cores, each with two threads, the AltaiGate 500 can manage up to 500 Altai Super WiFi access points and 10,000 client devices from a single location. Ease of use is the primary design goal of the AltaiGate 500, helping to offload day to day network operations and maintenance tasks from network operators; resulting in lower operating costs. An entire network can be set up quickly via AltaiGate 500’s web-based configuration interface, and it can be deployed within any Layer 2/3 network.

Designed for small-to-large enterprise deployments, the AltaiGate offers:

  • Customisable dashboard providing a comprehensive network snapshot for monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Smart access features such as hotspot, guest access and social media login for secured private network access or easy monetisation of hotspot services
  • Enterprise-grade 802.1x with any backend authentication databases such as RADIUS and Active Directory
  • Centralised and distributed forwarding architectures to maximize deployment flexibility

The AltaiGate 500 is perfect for major Wi-Fi deployments such as smart cities and smart manufacturing.

The AltaiGate 500 provides the highest performance, security, and scalability to support ever-changing network requirements with customisable user report functions that allow operators to have better bandwidth control and improve the overall network efficiency.

Altai will showcase AltaiGate 500 and AltaiCare, together with the full series of Altai Super WiFi products, including the newly launched AX500 series, at booth # C2-43, Hall 2 in GITEX (Oct 8-12), Dubai.

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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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

WiFi User Login
WiFi User Login

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]

Contact Us Today about your Switched on Smart City Wi-Fi Options

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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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

New templates for portal design

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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]