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RFI attends IWCE 2017

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Thank you to everyone who visited us at IWCE 2017 in Las Vegas, the 40th anniversary of the premier global event for communications technology.

 

The team were kept busy over the 2 days with great discussions on our range of Technology solutions, including the NEW tower top amplifier and innovative LTE antenna range.

We look forward to the 2018 event on March 7-8, being held in Orlando, Florida!

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The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

Connector manufacturers have released a new cellular connnector 4.3-10 (often referred to as 43-10), soon to the be industry standard in cellular applications. This new connector has recently been confused with a mini DIN. It’s important not to confuse 43-10 with 4.5-9.5 the so called “mini DIN”. The two connectors are not compatible. Although the Mini DIN will screw onto the 43-10, it will destroy the 43-10 female in the process. As you can imagine this would have catastrophic effect if the 43-10 female is on an antenna or a piece of transmission equipment!

For any additional information, please contact the sales team at enquiry@rfi.com.au.

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Introducing the 4.3-10 Connector

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The NEW LTE antenna range

RFI's global-leading LTE Antenna Product Range

Introducing RFI’s global-leading range of LTE antennas. The LTE series of antennas are compatible with an enormous variety of hardware from various manufacturers and networks. Our antennas have been developed to help users maintain a dependable data connection and fast transfer speeds wherever they are in the world and whatever the application.

What is Long-Term Evolution (LTE)? LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals which is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. Different LTE frequencies and bands used in different countries mean that only multi-band hardware and antennas which are able to use LTE in all countries where it is supported.

Any Band. Any Application. Anywhere.

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BYD and RFI partner to bring revolutionary Home Energy Storage to Australia

Sydney, Australia RFI Technology Solutions is excited to announce a new partnership with BYD, the world’s largest rechargeable lithium battery manufacturer. RFI, Australia’s most trusted distributor of renewable energy solutions, will be distributing the BYD range of Home Energy Storage products to its nationwide solar installer network. BYD is the world’s largest lithium battery manufacturer and the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer. The much anticipated BYD B-Box solution arrives on Australian shores at RFI in April ahead of the upcoming home battery storage revolution.

“We see great timing in this partnership as the energy storage market is poised for explosive growth. Consumers and Commercial operators are facing real challenges with their energy choices. Energy Storage provides the customer with more options than ever before and BYD is a world leader in this exciting and rapidly developing sector”, stated Scott Magee, CEO of RFI.

The BYD range of products has a number of advantages that is not found in other home battery solutions.

The BYD B-Box HV series is a sleek and stylish solution that is perfect for the average sized Australian household.  BYD’s modular architecture means households get a storage solution that’s exactly what they need. RFI will be offering options from 5.6 kWh to 10.08 kWh.

The modularity of the B-Box also provides flexibility and the capability for the homeowner to add additional storage at a later date. To assist solar installers, the B-Box HV product is designed to be installed both indoors and outdoors and is very quick and easy to install, with only one technician required to install the B-Box.

The BYD B-Box LV Residential series is another great option for on-grid storage as well as offering the perfect solution for customers who want the ability to go off-grid.  RFI will be offering options from 2.5 kWh to 10 kWh.   The BYD B-Box LV Professional series is a sleek, rack-mounted solution for commercial, utility and telecommunications applications. Systems may be customised for specific application needs with capacities available up to 80kWh and higher.   “BYD’s comprehensive range gives us the ability to service all of our markets, including on-grid home battery storage, off-grid home battery storage, as well as our large telecommunications and utility customer clientele,” stated Scott Magee.   “BYD’s comprehensive range gives us the ability to service all of our markets, including on-grid home battery storage, off-grid home battery storage, as well as our large telecommunications and utility customer clientele,” stated Scott Magee. Homeowners can also feel assured that BYD uses the safest battery chemistry available in the industry and as the world’s largest EV manufacturer, BYD brings railway and automotive battery standards to residential and commercial applications.

Who is BYD? 

BYD shipped over 100,000 electric vehicles globally in 2016, making BYD larger than any other competitor. BYD don’t just make a range of stylish Electric cars, they also manufacture buses, taxis, commercial and mining vehicles.

With over 220,000 employees and backed by Warren Buffett, the $16 billion BYD is the quiet giant of the battery storage industry.

In 2016, BYD shipped over 16 GWh of lithium battery storage and in 2017 expect to ship 24 GWh. This makes BYD the largest lithium ion battery manufacturer in the world by far. BYD’s ethos is zero emission solutions with end-to-end R&D capability from the production of raw lithium material through to delivering end products and solutions. With global manufacturing in over 30 countries, every 2 seconds another BYD battery cell rolls off their fully automated production lines.

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M2M Devices Using LTE CAT 1

M2M Communications Using LTE CAT1

M2M Devices using LTE CAT1

Higher speeds with mobile broadband was initially the main driver for the development of 4G LTE standards by 3GPP. The rising popularity of smartphones pushed many carriers to launch and expand their 4G networks much faster than initially planned.

Although lower category LTE devices were included even in the initial releases of 3GPP LTE standards, these weren’t fully supported by the carriers or the device vendors as the broadband applications were dominant.

Most of the M2M applications however have a very low throughput demand. With the recent introduction of CAT 1 cellular modules into the market, the maximum throughput can be reduced to 10 Mbps. This in turn allows reductions in the cost, power consumption and the complexity of the device as huge savings on the processing power, clock speeds and memory requirements can be achieved.

This trend will continue with the introduction of CAT M1 and CAT M2 (NB-IoT) devices in future where the channel widths will also be reduced to 1.4 MHz and 200 KHz respectively. This allows even greater reductions in the complexity, power consumption and the cost of the devices. A link budget improvement of 15 to 20 dB is also expected to be achieved with these devices that will considerably enhance the coverage.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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4G – Futureproof your M2M Communications

4G - Futureproof your M2M Communications

With the fast moving pace of technology in the mobile communications area, Australian carriers seem to be very keen to keep their infrastructure updated. As each generation of mobile technology is introduced, carriers tend to phase out older generations to keep the operation costs down and also to reuse the existing licenced spectrum for newer technologies.

Telstra recently switched off their 2G network with Optus and Vodafone to follow this year. It’s more than 10 years now since the first 3G network was launched in Australia. With the fast growing 4G coverage across the country and the upcoming 5G technology already in the horizon, Telstra has announced plans to phase out 3G by 2020.

Although telephony subscribers still form the majority of mobile network users, the number of M2M subscriptions is also rapidly growing. We all have heard of the famous forecast of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As the industry is heavily investing in M2M devices, it’s very important to select the right technology that survives for a reasonable number of years.

When the first 4G network was launched in Australia back in 2011, higher download speeds and smaller latencies were the main differentiators that attracted customers. Ethernet 4G modems/routers were available in the Australian market shortly after as such devices are normally used in throughput demanding applications. Low cost 4G serial modem market on the other hand, didn’t really pick up because of the low speed nature of serial devices as well as the significantly higher cost of 4G cellular modules compared to the 3G devices.

As the cost of 4G devices continues to decline and the possibility of 3G shut down in the next few years gets more real, many industries now prefer to use 4G devices instead of 3G even if 3G satisfies their current requirements.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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South East Asian Games Coverage Solution

RFI supported Singapore radio communication experts, CitiCall. Citicall were chosen by the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee to provide digital radio services for the South East Asia (SEA) games in 2015. A new digital trunked radio network was installed just in time for the games.

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Victorian Minister for Industry, Wade Noonan MP Visits our Facility

Melbourne, Australia; We were visited on January 25 by Wade Noonan MP, Victorian Minister for Industry showcasing our Advanced Manufacturing facility in Melbourne. RFI is proud to be an award-winning Australian manufacturer, exporting to over 50 countries.

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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

A 24/7 truly channelized Antenna System monitor designed to make site management easy. Access your RF site from the office and on the go. The power is now in your hands.

The ASM gives you the ability to:

  • Measure and Monitor up to 80 channels
  • Perform maintenance tests from the comfort of your office!
  • Receive alarm alerts for system faults to solve outages fast!
  • Keep detailed history reports and graphs for easy reporting and identification of system issues!
The ASM's graphic user interface (GUI)

Check out our videos highlighting benefits of the Antenna System Monitor!

Download the App Note here
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