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Golf Course WiFi Connectivity

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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://www.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 sales@powertec.com.au.


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Ring is Lord of the Wi-Fi – Extending NBN Case Study

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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 greg@transfibre.com.au 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 sales@powertec.com.au.


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Critical Communication – Wi-Fi Underground Communications System

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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 sales@powertec.com.au.


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