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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Fixing a Breakdown in nbn Connectivity

Narrabri Breakdown Services – Fixing a Breakdown in nbn Connectivity

Business Profile

Narrabri Breakdown Service is a small regional business based in the small town of Narrabri NSW, 521km from Sydney with a population of around 6,000.  Julie and her partner operate the Breakdown Service from a home office and via a workshop on their property.

Like many rural and regional businesses, they suffer from poor connectivity in general but specifically unreliable connection via NBN Satellite.  Connectivity was getting so bad that even logging onto the Satellite was a problem, often bringing their business to a standstill.

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Business Needs

Brenton Roy, Powertec Northern NSW Sales Manager was speaking with one of his clients when they asked him to consult with Julie to come up with a solution for the NBN Satellite service problems she was experiencing within their home business.

After an initial meeting to review the site and the client problems, Brenton did an online survey of the address to work out whether a cellular option would be a good alternative for them.  Optus was the business carrier so the survey reviewed the business location and the Optus towers in the area to define whether the signal was sufficient to proceed down this path.

The Cellular signal report (below) shows perfect line of sight with only 3.32km to tower, although aim back (broadcast direction of tower) was ‘Weak’ because it was under 5kms.  Brenton recommended the Wideband Yagi to achieve a quality connection. Before progressing on a set-up like this you would normally look for a ‘Good’ or ‘Strong’ aim back. But after consulting with Powertec Technical Head, Brenton and he both they felt that the close distance, in combination with the right antenna would ensure there would be no issues.  Powertec provided a money back guarantee to the client that the install would be successful.

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 Product/s Used

  •  Robustel R2000-4L V2 Wifi 3G/4G Router Cat 4

The Robustel GoRugged R2000 V2 with Wi-Fi is a rugged 2G/3G/4G router offering state-of-the-art mobile connectivity for machine to machine (M2M) applications. This product is also for those that want an industrial 3G/4G modem for an internet connection, that can handle higher temperatures and robust applications.  Supports the new 4GX / 700Mhz band (B28)

  • Altai C1n Access Point 2.4GHz

The Altai C1n Access Point is designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

±45° dual slant patch antennas are optimised … so it provides 3 dB more gain as compared to other V/H polarized CPEs. The high performance antenna with 20 dB front-to back ratio, is on average 5 dB better than others in directional transmission without picking up unwanted signal.

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  • Blackhawk Wideband LPDA Antenna 698 – 2700 MHz 8/9 dBi (ANT-BH-YG-300)

All Blackhawk Antennas come with a 5-year warranty. The Blackhawk wideband antenna is a fantastic little antenna providing good performance with a lightweight, low cost design. There’s plenty of situations where a big, solid metal antenna is necessary, but also plenty where something quick and small can be just as useful. This antenna is great for areas where indoor signal is weak, and only a simple antenna on the roof is enough to give a fantastic improvement.

The Solution

The solution was cost effective and easy to set up.

The final products used consisted of an Optus Mobile Broadband sim in a Robustel R2000 V2 router with a Blackhawk Wideband Yagi positioned on the roof of their workshop and pointed at the Optus tower to receive the cellular signal. This set up achieved 40mbps consistent download and 20mbps consistent upload speeds.   The router is receiving 5 bars of Optus 4G+ signal.

The signal was then broadcast across specific areas of their property using an Altai C1n Access point.  This meant that they were now working with a full Wi-Fi signal throughout the house and surrounds.

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Commentary

Where once they struggled to log in online, now the process is instant.

The system is working so well, Julie and her partner are reviewing whether to add another Altai C1n Access Point to broadcast the signal in the opposite direction where they work on their vehicles to enable them to log work without going back into the office.

The client has also completely discarded satellite services as the new solution has not dropped below 30mbps download at any point and is 100% reliable.

For more information on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions, please contact Powertec WiFi on [email protected]

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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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.

Contact Us Today about your own Smart City Wireless Network Options

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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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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Update: AltaiCare 2.0 Cloud Based Management System

Update AltaiCare 2.0 Enhancements

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

User Authentication

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

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Advertisement Statistics Enhancement

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

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

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Wireless Configuration Enhancement

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

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

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Unmatched Reliability and Scaleability

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

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

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

Golf Course WiFi Connectivity

WiFi Connectivity Enabling Applications on the Golf Course

Background Golf Course WiFi Connectivity

Technology can enhance the operation of any businesses and create many value additions. Altai Super Wi-Fi solution has unlocked many value added services in golf courses from basic connecting of smartphones, to enhancing operational efficiency, to increasing business revenue.

Enabling Applications Golf Course WiFi Connectivity

  • WiFi enabled GPS tracker on golf carts for better golfer flow management with customisable time interval alert, monitoring each individual golfer station time from any lineup congestion.Golf Course WiFi Connectivity
  • Connected to a built in tablet on the golf cart for targeted advertising services to high end clientele, increasing additional revenue from advertising and F&B sales
  • On-site WiFi connectivity allows golfers to check golf course details such as the layout of the hole, distance, real-time service extension etc.
  • Real-time analytics for a better golfing experience
  • Different smartphone golf applications such as golfing tips and tricks, golf GPS etc. can be used over the golf course

Altai Long Range Technology

Unlike conventional access points, Altai’s advanced long range technology requires dramatically fewer AP’s per square kilometre of coverage, which enables service providers to quickly build a WiFi network at a much lower total project cost.

Trees and vegetation can also be extremely difficult and challenging for any wireless deployment since plants absorb signal. But with Altai’s patented algorithms and smart antenna technology, all these problems can be overcome in providing high speed, reliable wireless internet access for this special environment.

Golf Course WiFi Connectivity

Picture: A single unit of A8n was installed with 5 sector antenna to cover 360 degree (up to 1km (LOS) and 500m (NLOS) for dual band dual concurrent on 2.4Ghz & 5.8Ghz.

Challenges

  • Many trees and vegetation
  • Limited physical installation points for larger coverage area.  src=”http://powertecwifi.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/golfcourse1-300×172.jpg” alt=”golfcourse1″ width=”300″ height=”172″ />

Conclusion

Altai’s outdoor products such as A8n/A2 series and A3-Ei are built to withstand harsh outdoor environments.

So challenging environments that require a large area of wi-fi coverage but limited installation sites – this means that the Altai Super WiFi is the best available solution for outdoor applications!

Contact Us Today about your Outdoor Wi-Fi Options

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