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Comms Connect Melbourne 2019 Preview

Comms Connect Preview

It’s the Critical Communications industry’s event of the year in Melbourne on 26-28th November.

At Comms Connect, we’ll be presenting workshops and displaying our latest solutions at stand 66.

Come meet the RFI team as we introduce to you our new innovations in:

  • Coverage Enhancement Solutions- Launching the DSPbR Edge product and our innovative Trunking Extender technology
  • Mobility Solutions- including IoT & mobile radio innovations
  • Network Coverage Solutions- including the Cel-Fi Quatra Hybrid DAS solution
  • Leaky Feeder Solutions- Introducing Leaky Feeder Re-invented

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: ARCIA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING — LIGHTNING PROTECTION AND EARTHING SYSTEMS

26th November 2019, 9:30am- 12:45pm
Presented by Kaine Mulder, RFI Product Manager

One of the serious issues facing all communications providers is the protection of sensitive equipment from power surges caused by electrical storms. This workshop will explain the causes and effects of lightning events, as well as outline the earthing requirements for communications towers and protection devices.

MINING SOLUTIONS TO DELIVER BROADBAND AND VOICE SERVICES SEAMLESSLY IN MODERN UNDERGROUND MINES
27th November 2019- 11:45 am to 12:15pm

Presented by Johan Strydom, RFI Product Manager, Mining and Networks

One of the challenges that underground mines face during operation is reliable communications. Power and data points of presence are rarely available, especially near the mine face. This presentation will talk about providing fast and reliable data communications to the mine face.

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The Universal Hub has arrived | Available now |

Functional Meets Simple. The Universal Hub has arrived.

Designed in Australia by RFI’s advanced R&D team, the RFI Universal Hub is a unique and intelligent fusion of 4G capabilities with the advanced functionality of a modem/router, all encased in a durable & robust metal casing.

Complete with SCADA functionality capabilities, the Universal Hub can power simple to advanced IoT applications, enabling secure and two-way communications for remote monitoring, control, management and reporting. Designed for reliable field performance and functionalities, the Universal Hub allows solutions to deliver rapid, cost-effective deployment for any telemetry environments.

Endless Applications

Plus FREE 6 months of Maxconnect*

Our Maxconnect portal is a cloud-based IoT/M2M management portal which allows you to access, monitor and control 3G/4G devices securely.

With Maxconnect you can access real-time data from your devices, monitor their status and location. Utilize complete functionality by controlling your devices anywhere, anytime. This one-stop portal is an access point to manage your 4G assets securely and remotely.

*6 months free access to the Maxconnect portal with the purchase of any Universal Hub modem. At the conclusion of the 6 month free trial, annual fee for Maxconnect access is $12.00 ex GST per month or $120.00 ex GST if billed annually.

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RFI launches new Solar Comms Solutions, Value-added Services and more at All Energy

RFI launches new Solar Comms Solutions, Value-added Services and more at All Energy

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, RFI is an Australian innovator and leader in solar distribution and a manufacturer of communications solutions. At All Energy 2019, on stand NN139 RFI is excited to launch exclusive new solutions and value-added services for the solar industry.

RFI’s new solutions include:

  • RFI 4G Modems and data plans developed exclusively for the Australian solar market
  • RFI Point to Point wireless meter and inverter comms linking- removing costly cable runs
  • RFI Multi-site Solar wireless comms- solving commercial multi-site connectivity issues

All solutions have been designed in Australia by RFI’s R&D and Product development teams, focusing on solving the comms problems prevalent in the solar industry. “Our 40 years of experience in connectivity and our partnerships with Australian telcos has allowed us to unlock a really compelling offering for the industry”, stated Dale Wilson, National Sales Manager of RFI.

As a diversified technology solutions company and logistics powerhouse, RFI will also be highlighting its significant capabilities in seamless delivery, value-added services and distribution.

On the product front, solar installers will also get their first viewing of the Ground-breaking REC Alpha, the world’s highest power solar panel in a 60-cell format, producing over 20% more energy than conventional panels.

Visitors to the RFI stand will also get the opportunity to see the world’s first 2-in-1 EV Inverter/Charger from SolarEdge.

RFI will also be showcasing our Power Partners zone, an area for RFI’s Power Partners to interact and learn more about how they can earn, boost and redeem points on premium, quality brands. The Power Partners network is Australia’s largest group of quality installers. At least 1 new global-leading brand will be announcing they have joined the program, providing even more value for RFI’s network members.

Want to learn more from our technical and sales experts on any of our new releases? Want to find out how you can become a member of the Power Partners program? Book an on-stand meeting with our team NOW.

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RFI AND REC GROUP ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

RFI AND REC GROUP ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

RFI to distribute REC Group’s range of premium, high-efficiency solar panels in Australia

RFI Technology Solutions and REC Group are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement, as RFI becomes a distribution partner for REC Group in the Australian market.

RFI will introduce REC’s range of premium, high-efficiency solar panels, including the REC N-Peak and the game-changing Alpha series range, set for official launch in the Australian market mid-October.

Scott Magee, CEO of stated, “REC’s innovative technology, product quality and industry-leading warranty offers an exciting new solution to the market. The Alpha series in particular looks to be a real gamechanger in the premium solar panel space, so we are excited to bring REC on board as our partner.”

RFI has a national distribution presence across Australia, giving REC access to an extremely experienced solar installer network covering both metro and regional areas. RFI also offers fully integrated solutions by packaging REC solutions with world-leading inverter, battery storage and monitoring products.

Paul Scerri, Country Manager, Australia at REC Group said, “With more than three decades’ experience in the solar field, RFI has a long and respected heritage in on-grid, off grid and industrial solutions.

“Represented in Australia’s major capital cities, we’re looking forward to working alongside RFI teams nationwide to deliver REC products with the efficiency and ease our customers expect,” he added.

About the N-Peak Series- Arriving in Mid-September

With up to 320W in a 60-cell panel, the REC N-Peak Series uses the most efficient cell technology in the industry, capturing more sunlight thereby providing more power. The panel features the innovative REC ‘Twin’ cell layout design, where the panel is split into two twin sections, also enabling continued energy production, even when partially shaded.

 

RFI will be introducing two versions:

  • 320W High Efficiency Panel
  • All-Black 315W High Efficiency Panel

 

Once an installer goes through the REC Solar Professional process, this range is warranted for an industry-leading 25-year power output warranty.

About the Alpha Series- Arriving in Mid-October

RFI will also be introducing the 365W Alpha Solar Panel. The REC Alpha Series delivers industry-beating power, making this the world’s most powerful 60-cell solar panel. Based on proprietary panel design with revolutionary cell technology, the new product is already acknowledged by a granted design patent.

Full details on this innovative new REC panel series will be shared in line with its mid-October Australian launch.

About RFI Technology Solutions

RFI is a global technology solutions company, specialising in wireless coverage and solar power. RFI has one of the largest, most innovative and experienced wireless and solar solutions with dedicated engineers, product managers, deployment engineers, logistics, distribution and R&D staff. We are proud to be an Australian success story with manufacturing, distribution and warehousing across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK.

About REC Group

Founded in Norway in 1996, REC Group is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. Through integrated manufacturing from silicon to wafers, cells, high-quality panels and extending to solar solutions, REC Group provides the world with a reliable source of clean energy. REC’s renowned product quality is supported by the lowest warranty claims rate in the industry. REC Group is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC Group employs 2,000 people worldwide, producing 1.5 GW of solar panels annually.

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SolarEdge Simplifying Commercial

SolarEdge- Simplifying Commercial Solar

If you want to grow your commercial business, RFI & SolarEdge has an offer that may interest you. From July to October, SolarEdge is offering commercial installers a free comparative PVsyst report as part of its premium service package to ensure your solar project runs smoothly. This is what you get:

*Comparative PVsyst report of SolarEdge versus standard string inverter
1 day of on-site commissioning support from a SolarEdge qualified site technician

Take this opportunity to see for yourself how SolarEdge technology provides greater yields and lower BoS costs compared to a traditional string inverter. It will also highlight how you can use SolarEdge’s flexible design principals to add more panels, generate more energy, and offer more competitive proposals.

This offer is valid for any commercial installer looking to install a solar project of 15kW or larger before October 30, 2019.*

All you have to do is register your details on the link below and the RFI & SolarEdge commercial team will begin the process.

*For first-time installers only and subject to availability. Free site commissioning support is restricted to installation sites within 50KM of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Talk to your RFI account manager for the best offer
on all your commercial requirements!

LATEST NEWS

  • 21Nov

    Comms Connect Melbourne 2019 Preview

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  • 30Oct

    The Universal Hub has arrived | Available now |

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  • 15Oct

    RFI launches new Solar Comms Solutions, Value-added Services and more at All Energy

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RFI Partners with RedEarth Energy Storage- Introduces BlackMax All-in-one Solution

RFI is excited to partner with RedEarth Energy Storage, releasing the BlackMax range of DIY Small Off-Grid Energy Storage. The BlackMax is available now from RFI in 2 versions, providing reliable power for applications such as sheds, workshops, transportable units or small living structures.

What is the BlackMax?

Robust enough to power or charge up all the tools and bar fridge, yet lightweight enough to not impose on the backyard, RedEarth’s Shed System is perfect for use where its name suggests.

The BlackMax’s main advantages are its low cost and capabilities for DIY installation. It can be as simple as placing the system in the desired location, laying solar panels and connecting them to a power board.

What are the benefits?

The RedEarth BlackMax is an all-in-one integrated power standalone system- maximising solar power and harvesting & providing reliable power for applications such as sheds & workshops.

Each system includes:

4 or 8 kWh RedEarth Tropical lithium battery

Solar PV charger that charges the battery bank

An inverter to provide power to AC loads from the battery bank

An AC rectifier so that the battery can be charged from an AC input source and connection.

An advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in the PCU controls the power flow

RFI’s Range

The BlackMax is available now from RFI in 2 versions, depending on your battery sizing requirements:

BlackMax 4kWh All-in-one Battery Storage System
(RE-BMAX-3.3-4.0)

Includes:
– 3.3 kW inverter with output of 2.5 kw max.
– 4.0 kWh nominal battery capacity

BlackMax 8kWh All-in-one Battery Storage System
(RE-BMAX-3.3-8.0)

Includes:
– 3.3 kW inverter with output of 2.5 kw max.
– 8.0 kWh nominal battery capacity

About RedEarth Energy Storage

RedEarth Energy Storage are Australian owned and operated with state-of-the-art products engineered and assembled on home soil. RedEarth are specialists in the field of energy storage, designing professional battery systems to improve sustainability, energy freedom and kerb appeal for homeowners, country and commercial clients in both on-grid and off-grid systems.

Have questions?

Contact the RFI team at the form below and we will talk you through the best solution to suit your application.

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VHF. UHF. Delivered in a Single Antenna.

RFI is excited to announce our innovative new CD30 Multi-band Antenna. This future-proof solution supports multi-band radio technology currently being rolled out in the latest Emergency Services radio systems.

The CD30 series has been designed and manufactured in Australia by our Advanced R&D and manufacturing teams.

Introducing the CD30

The CD30 Series dual band VHF/UHF antennas support multi-band radio technology to provide interoperability among emergency management and response personnel, regardless of the frequency band used. It provides outstanding coverage of VHF and UHF in an easy-to-install, no tune design.

Vehicle roof space savings

Modern emergency vehicles are also running out of space to install more antennas. The CD30 covers both VHF and UHF bands in one antenna.

Why Multi-band Technology?

Many emergency services utilize both VHF for regional coverage and UHF for urban coverage.
Previously they would have installed two radios (& hence two antennas), however today’s radio manufacturers now provide VHF and UHF capabilities in one radio.

A single radio also allows emergency services a way to exchange critical voice and data communications seamlessly with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands.

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Introducing Next Generation DAS Antennas

Introducing Next Generation DAS Antennas

RFI is excited to introduce our Next Generation DAS and In-building Antennas. These are perfect for use in in-building or DAS networks including office-buildings, hospitals, shopping centres and stadiums.

RFI’s Low PIM DAS antennas offer a full feature set of low -153dBc PIM rating, excellent coverage and wide band functionality, covering all your 4G/LTE needs now, and into the future.

Low PIM

One of the underlying keys to best performing DAS and IBC networks is ensuring low PIM components are used, thereby guaranteeing lower noise and improved ratios. Our range utilise 4.3-10 connections required by telecommunications carriers to deliver the Low PIM rating of -153dBc.

By safeguarding your installation with Low PIM passive devices, your network is guaranteed to meet the ever-increasing demand for higher data rates and the ability to provide high quality streaming on mobile devices today and into the future.

Blends into Building Aesthetics

Our low profile designs offer up a pleasant aesthetic by blending into almost any environment,
with a minimal trade-off in performance.

The Complete Range

RFI offers a complete range of Panel and Omni-directional antennas, covering both Indoor & Outdoor applications. These can even be used as the donor site antenna for an In-building coverage system.

These antennas can be used in indoor or outdoor applications with IP67 rated SISO and MIMO options available (in both panel and omni-directional versions). View the complete range at our links below.

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Introducing next generation Growatt Inverters

Introducing next generation Growatt Inverters

RFI is excited to introduce the new Growatt MIN range to our inverter offering- with the 5KW version in stock now at RFI.

So why do we think this is a great offering for your customers? We outline the key reasons below.

Elegant yet Lightweight

This elegant solution is not only aesthetically pleasing for the homeowner but includes a touch key and OLED display for peace of mind.

 

Key technical features include:

  • Dual MPP Trackers
  • Free Upgrade to 10-year Warranty
  • Maximum efficiency 98.4%
  • Built-in DC Switch

Importantly, the new MIN series delivers this inverter in a lightweight package, weighing only 10 kg.

Our Range

This innovative new range is available NOW at RFI in the following versions:

The 5KW version is available now with the 6KW version arriving in the next few weeks.

A Trusted Brand

RFI has put together some quick facts on why you should consider the Growatt range. Some key facts include:

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Enhance your 8KW Residential Solar Offering

Enhance your 8KW Residential Solar Offering

With the arrival of the new SolarEdge 8KW HD Wave inverter, it’s time to re-think your offering and include an optimised solution for your larger resi installs. With RFI excited to introduce 8KW SolarEdge Optimised kits, we’ve taken a look at the key benefits of going all SolarEdge.

DC-Optimized versus String

Let’s use a simple comparison matrix to outline ALL of the benefits of offering DC-Optimized over string:

Save on installation costs

So, you have all these benefits you can offer homeowners. But then comes the cost savings!

With SolarEdge smart panels with pre-assembled power optimisers you can reduce the time on the roof and install costs. No longer does an optimiser need to be fitted to each panel.

Do your maths and you might find it’ll not only save you time but also money.

Security and Safety from a single trusted brand

Finally, when thinking about warranty, the benefits also stack up. SolarEdge offer:

12 year inverter warranty
12 year product panel warranty
25 year Power Optimiser warranty

So now you have 1 vendor for any potential warranty issues you’ll have on the complete system.

RFI and SolarEdge offer 8KW kits in 2 versions:

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