surprising places with Wi-Fi

Surprising places with Wi-Fi

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Surprising places with Wi-Fi

The availability of free Wi-Fi is no longer restricted to cafes, bars, restaurants, airports, shopping malls, pubs or hotels.  As the world goes hi-tech, you will be able to find free internet at places where you least expect it. Here are some unusual places across the globe where you will find free Wi-Fi.

Mount Everest Peak

The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, became Internet friendly in 2010 when Ncell, a Nepalese telecom company, provided it with 3G data connection. Climbers can now find Wi-Fi hotspots all along the trek, to a height of 17,000 feet – the last point where you can take that envious selfie and update your social media status.

The Moon

The moon may not offer you breathable air but it does promise you a Wi-Fi hotspot! The feat was made possible by the researchers from MIT (Lincoln Laboratory) and NASA. Four separate telescopes were put in used to send signals to a satellite that revolves around the moon. This satellite had a receiver mounted on it. The scientists used a laser transmitter to beam data in the form of pulses of IR light through the four telescopes. The laser transmitter then transmits the IR rays to the telescope mounted on the satellite, which then collects and aims the beam into an optical fiber. These pulses are first converted into electrical pulses using a photodetector and then into data. This Wi-Fi hotspot makes it possible to transmit data between Earth and the moon at a rate of 19.44 mbps and to download it at a rate of 622 mbps.

The International Space Station (ISS)

If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket to travel to the International Space Station, you don’t have to return back to Earth to share your experience with your friends. Yes, you guessed it right – the artificial satellite, ISS also has a Wi-Fi hotspot. The free internet works through the Ku-band, a satellite communications system that delivers output of around 10 mbps down and 3 mbps up from the space station.

The North Pole

Digital technology has made its presence felt in the remotest areas of the globe and the North Pole is no exception. One of the coldest places in the world, the North Pole too found Internet connectivity in 2005, when two Moscow-based Intel employees set up a Wi-Fi hotspot here, making it the first wireless connection in the Arctic region. They set up a wireless LAN connection with Intel Centrino mobile tech on four laptops and an 802.11b/g access point at the main camp site. The network connects to the internet via an Iridium satellite phone.

Mount Girnar

Mount Girnar, the tallest mountain in the Indian state of Gujrat is home to 30 temples and is a famous pilgrimage site. Pilgrim’s progress to the 1100-metre tall mountain was made Wi-Fi enabled making it easier for 25 lakh tourists to remain connected with their families, friends during the trek to the seven peaks of the mountain.

Remote Villages of UP (India)

The strong winds of the digital revolution that are sweeping through India, transformed the lives of 2000 villagers in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, for whom, till then, the nearest telephone was 6 kms away.  The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as part of its Digital Gangetic Plain Project, ensured WiFi connectivity to 10 villages located near the Lucknow-Kanpur highway, making the area a lone island of connectivity in a sea of rural roads, rice fields and thatched roofs.

Cemeteries

Strange as it sounds but Oak Grove cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky has a free Wi-Fi hotspot.  The area was made Wi-Fi-enabled to allow visitors to conduct genealogy research and know more about the people who were buried there. On a similar note, free Wi-Fi connectivity is also provided in San José Cemetery in Granada, Spain.

Mount Fuji

The iconic Mount Fuji Mountain in Japan was made Internet-friendly with the launch of eight Wi-Fi spots all along the climb route including one on the summit. Officials say that the move was in response to the requests from American and European tourists who wanted to share their experiences with family and friends while on the move. Besides, the authorities also wanted to attract more visitors to the mountain.

Donkeys, Kfar Kedem, Israel

You read it right — Wi-Fi hotspots on donkeys! The innovative move was made a few years back in the historical amusement park in Israel. The park attempts to create life from the first and second centuries AD. The donkeys carry a small bag containing a router around their necks. The tourists can document their experience and share it on the social media.

Val d’Isere, France

If you are looking for the best selfies on a holiday, Val d’Isere, in France is a great place to head to. The place now offers a Wi-Fi gondola and so now you can take photos of the stunning views from your ski lift and post them straight to your Facebook.

National Parks, Canada

Canada has introduced several Wi-Fi spots in its national parks. Given the stunning beauty of these parks, the authorities are making them more Internet-friendly to attract more visitors and allow them to instantly share their experiences. While there, you will also be able to connect to GPS to get the most value from your visit.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA

Last but not least Waikiki Beach, Hawaii USA – using Altai SuperWifi products! For most people, a beach break is a way to get away from it all. However, if you can’t resist a peek into your social media or emails over the piña colada then Waikiki beach is for you. Along the sun and sand, you also have with Wi-Fi hotspots for company.

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Wireless Farm Management System

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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.

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Altai A2C Indoor Access Points Available

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Economical Altai A2c Indoor Access Points are Now Available

The Altai A2c dual-band 2×2 802.11ac access point is designed to meet the indoor wireless connectivity requirements for enterprise markets such as offices, schools, retail stores, hotspot service providers etc. To meet the challenges of today’s Wi-Fi networks, the Altai A2c offers several powerful features:

  • Altai’s interference mitigation algorithm offers optimal capacity and interference rejection
  • AirFi which enhances the capacity of the A2c by optimising client’s throughput based on their signal strength and traffic
  • Altai’s smart band steering and load balancing technologies allow the A2c to effectively utilise both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums for supporting a large number of bandwidth hungry applications

The economical Altai A2c, together with the controller-less cloud-based A2c_indoor access pointsAltaiCare and its pay-as-you-grow subscription model supports a wide range of applications such as social login, advertisement engine, detailed login statistics, hotspot authentication, guest access, firewall, and intrusion detection.  These features allow either enterprises to set up their private networks easily, or WISPs to quickly deploy and monetise hotspot services.

Download the Altai A2c Information sheet HERE – Altai A2c Catalog (Eng) 160810

“Nowadays, deploying digital technology is a must for every company that wants to stay competitive, however, not many companies have the expertise and budget for upgrading their existing facilities,” said Dr. Raymond Leung, CEO of Altai Technologies. “With our new A2c hotspot solution, Altai is enabling service providers to quickly set up their Wi-Fi networks for IoT applications.  In conjunction with our functionality and feature rich AltaiCare platform, our new hotspot solution allows enterprises to manage their Wi-Fi networks and collect visitor information easily and economically for big data analytics. Enterprises can also opt for off- or on-premises AltaiCare versions, depending on their business requirements.”

The Altai Super WiFi Solutions deliver best of class performance and a highly reliable Wi-Fi experience. With Altai’s smart Wi-Fi technologies, including superior RF and filter design, as well as a software-based interference mitigation and RF optimisation suite, the Altai A2c provides up to 50% larger coverage and therefore minimises the number of access points required for any Wi-Fi network, resulting in lower total cost of ownership.

The Altai Super WiFi Solution has been proven in many different applications, helping service providers with an increasing number of mobile users and interference to solve the capacity and coverage challenges in a cost-effective way.

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