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.

Solar Powered Wireless Links Take to the Skies

Business Profile

Chinta Air has been operating Outback Australian tours for over 10 years. This family owned boutique travel agency takes great pride in providing an experience tailored to your wishes. The company offers a wide variety of air tours including whale watching, Uluru from the skies, and Flinders Range Kangaroo Island Air tours to name a few.

CEO Noel Schwarz runs the business on the ground with his partner Felicity Brown, Chief Pilot is in charge of the skies. Felicity is one of 4 females in Chief Pilot roles in Australia and the only one in South Australia.Solar Powered Wireless Links

The business is based 20km outside of Ceduna in South Australia on the shores of Murat Bay on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula. It lies west of the junction of the Flinders and Eyre Highways around 786 km northwest of the capital Adelaide. It boasts a population of 2,300.

Chinta Air is in the same boat as many other regional business who suffer from #datadrought.

Business Needs

While working out of a beautiful location, access to a reliable and speedy data is not so idyllic. The offices were too far out for an ADSL connection, and 4G mobile speeds (for data) were not up to scratch. Noel was on the search for a reliable, high speed wireless data link.

“The Satellite Sky Muster service had constant daily drop outs anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 days.”

Data speeds on a Sky Muster 25/5Mbps plan varied between 1.5/.5Mbps and 17/2.5Mbps with an average of 9/1.5Mbps and an average ping time of 680 ms…. when it was up and working. This meant skype calls and any video conferencing was constantly buffering and any large files took forever to upload…. when it was up and working.

Sky Muster was also limiting on its data plans with half of a 125gb data allowance being night data and only being available when the office was closed so as a result was never used.

After further research Noel discovered that an NBN connection was available on his property but that the Chinta Air offices were located a frustrating 14.3 km from the NBN tower – 300 metres over the NBN 14km cut off line to supply this service.

This meant that a non-standard NBN install had the potential to be a solution. And it had to be solar powered as there was no access to power in the area.

Chinta Air contacted Mal Fricker Communications, a data communications expert operating in the Ceduna area to put together a solar powered wireless link to get a decent speed of data to the office.

Product/s Used – Solar Powered Wireless Links

Metal enclosure, solar panel, battery supplied by Powertec Telecommunications.  Mast supplied and installed locally.

Altai 2 x C1an in bridge mode –  the C1an high-performance CPEs employ a patented smart-signal processing algorithm and an antenna designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

The Solution

Solar Powered Wireless LinksAfter undertaking the correct non-standard NBN install paperwork requirements, a Solar Powered wireless bridge was erected at the edge of the property 13.6km from the NBN tower.

On the bridge mast along with the equipment to solar power the bridge, 1 x Altai C1an in bridge mode beamed the signal 2km to the Chinta Air Offices where another Altai C1an received the signal and disbursed it.

Mal Fricker Communication set up with system over a couple of days and it was up and running immediately on completion.

Business Benefits

When you next call ChintaAir to book your bespoke Australian Air Tour, you can be assured that your enquiry will be dealt with promptly and efficiently – with no lapse in efficiency due to problematic data issues.   

Testimonial/Commentary

“Since installing the Fixed wireless solar powered NBN repeater, data speed has increased on our 25/5 plan to 21/4.5 with an average of 15/4 and an average ping time of 65 mbps.  Chinta Air now has unlimited data plan for under half the monthly cost of Sky Muster, and a much smoother receive and delivery of data.” Noel Schwarz CEO/Operations Manager Chinta Air.

 “It was a neat solution that worked relatively easily.” Mal Fricker, Principal Mal Fricker Communications.

#datadrought  #solarsolution #AltaiSuperwifi

Contact Us Today about your Solar Powered Wi-Fi Options

This Solar Wi-Fi Installation was undertaken by Mal Fricker Communications who specialise in business communications in the larger Ceduna area.

For more information on this install you can contact Mal Fricker, Principal [email protected] or call 0427 253 077.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in non standard solar NBN 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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    Altai takes PEPSI to fizzy-ing new heights

    Altai takes PEPSI to fizzy-ing new heights

    With internet penetration relatively low in Central America, it was big news when PEPSI, the soft drinks giant launched their new marketing campaign “PEPSI HOY” – a large scale project offering complimentary use of Wi-Fi in major parks across Latin America for tourists and local residents.

    The PEPSI Campaign

    PEPSI printed a Wi-Fi Login password on the inside of every PEPSI bottle cap.

    • Time limit per login is 20 or 30 minutes
    • The duration depends on the size of the PEPSI drink the client purchases – larger drinks receive a longer usage time.

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    The Challenge

    • Large area coverage
    • Large number of simultaneous users
    • Lack of Ethernet backbone

    The Solution

    Altai A3-E and C2s are deployed on the rooftops for Wi-Fi access.

    C1n’s are used as CPE’s to extend Wi-Fi coverage while C1an’s are used for wireless bridging.

    C2’s are used to provide small area wireless networks.

    The access points and the networks are all managed by AltaiCare – although there are many installation sites, the service operator can easily manage and configure the network and the access points via AltaiCare.

    Although there are many installation sites, the service operator can easily manage and configure the network and the access points via AltaiCare.

    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 behaviour. 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 service domain supports various services including:

    • User creation
    • QoS control
    • Captive portal

    The Result – Expansion

    Such has been the success of the project that in 2017 it will be expanded to the major parks of major municipalities in the Latin America region including:-

    • Guatemala
    • El Salvador
    • Honduras
    • Nicaragua
    • Costa Rica
    • Colombia

    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.

    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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    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.

      Contact Us Today about your Wi-Fi Options

      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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        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.
        • 300 watt solar panel
        • 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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