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RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution Provides Connectivity For System Monitoring In A Commercial Enphase Solar Installation

RFI's Solar Connectivity Solution Provides Connectivity For System Monitoring In A Commercial Enphase Solar Installation

RFI worked with Harvey Norman Commercial Division to supply and install communication solutions to provide connectivity to allow for essential solar monitoring on the Enphase Enlighten portal.

The Challenge:

Monitoring is an essential part of set up and maintenance of a commercial solar system. For access restriction reasons the connectivity available on-site could not be utilised by the installation team for monitoring purposes. Therefore, an independent connectivity solution was needed to be sourced and installed by the installation team.

As a commercial site, it was important to ensure that any solution for providing connectivity was enterprise level with reliability and security a priority for both the hardware and the SIM connection components. Any solution would also need to be appropriate for long term deployment and future proof against known technology changes. As an additional challenge on the site, one of the modems was to be located within a concrete room, creating a challenge for receiving reception with the site.

The Solution:

Our partner, Harvey Norman Commercial, had consulted and installed the solar system and hardware. As experienced providers of solar communication hardware, RFI was consulted for a solution that would be able to provide long term connectivity with high reliability.

The requirement for a connectivity system which was highly reliable, secure and easy to install made RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution an ideal solution. The MA-2055 modem in the bundle is an industrial grade modem, bundled with Vodafone’s IoT SIM, it ensured that an enterprise-level solution was installed. With multicarrier redundancy and superior security with the IoT SIM’s Access Control list ensuring that only desired websites can be accessed, the need for a secure and reliable system was also ensured. The bundle is also 4G ready and so no changes will need to be made when 3G connectivity is lost at the site.

To assist with the challenge of receiving reception into the concrete room RFI was able to supply the CSM500 with a custom length cable to mount the antenna exterior to the building. The low-profile bracket mountable antenna made for perfect integration into the install as it was able to provide adequate reception without compromising building aesthetic.

The Results:

Utilising RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution and the CSM500 antenna connectivity was able to be organised for the system. This allowed for the quick, easy and reliable deployment of connectivity which meant monitoring in the Enpase Enlighten Portal was able to be accessed and set up rapidly and efficiently.

Watch the video here to see how connection was established in minutes.

To download a copy of the full case study, please click the link below.

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RFI MiniSystem Combiner Facilitates Critical Communication Coverage In A Large Corporate Campus

RFI MiniSystem Combiner Facilitates Critical Communication Coverage In A Large Corporate Campus

RFI has worked with partner Sheetal Wireless to supply and successfully deploy MiniSystem Combiners and antennas for a multi-site corporate campus in Pune, India.

The Challenge:

A Tier 1 IT services and consulting company in Pune, India with more than 30,000 employees across three campuses needed a reliable and stable radio system for security and staff communications. They were using a third-party wide-area subscriber network, however, because of the higher operational cost & specific coverage requirements, they decided to deploy a private radio system across their campuses.

The project timelines were quite tight. The customer needed a fast rollout with minimal implementation costs. The limited available rack space and close frequency assignments meant a traditional cavity combiner solution wasn’t suitable in this case. They required an innovative solution to combine the 2 base station repeaters with an expansion capability for up to 2 more base stations in future.

The Solution:

Our partner, Sheetal Wireless, took a consultative approach with this customer to offer the best solution for a secure and reliable radio system with minimal cost and operational impact. After thorough consideration, RFI was selected as the supplier of the combining system and antennas for the new radio communications system. Three sites were selected for the new IP linked DMR radio repeaters to provide coverage across all campuses.

The customer’s requirements for quick and easy roll-out, minimal cost and minimal rack space made RFI’s MiniSystem the ideal solution for RF Multicoupling at all those three sites. RFI’s MS1415-0405-SP 4 Channel VHF Minisystem with inbuilt Duplexer for Single Antenna operation was selected for this application. MiniSystem Combiner provides a very cost-effective solution with complete transmit and receive combining for 2 to 4 radio repeaters in a compact 19” rack mountable enclosure. The inbuilt adjustable Rx gain controller was ideal for optimizing the coverage requirements in one of the sites. This provided the customer with everything they needed for multicoupling in a single box that was mounted in the same rack as the radio repeaters. Transmit and receive filtering, transmit combining as well as received signal amplification and distribution are all included in the MiniSystem Combiner compact enclosure.

The Results:

These MiniSystems required minimal time to install on-site as they were delivered preconfigured by RFI and only required the technician to connect a few cables as per the user manual, the site was operational very quickly. This helped our partner to meet the strict project deadlines easily and finish the work under the budget. With the MiniSystems, the customer was able to achieve good coverage and uplink gain. The overall voice quality was also improved. The customer was totally satisfied with the support and documentation provided by RFI.

To download a copy of the full case study, please click the link below.

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Introducing the DSPbR® Edge with TRex

Introducing the DSPbR® Edge with TRex

In-Building UHF Repeater with Trunking Extender (TRex) for Critical Public Safety Communications

Extend your public safety radio network coverage indoors seamlessly, quickly and affordably

• Extend your existing public safety radio network coverage to critical indoor public areas

• Keep your public safety personnel connected and safe in indoor operations

• Compact and cost effective with minimal infrastructure requirements

The DSPbR® Edge with TRex

The DSPbR® Edge with TRex repeater is the newest member of the RFI rebroadcast product family. It provides a cost effective and flexible solution to enhance indoor public safety radio coverage, without compromising the network performance. Flexible deployment options and scalable configurations are available. The Edge requires minimal infrastructure and on going maintenance.

• Smashes the cost barriers for extending public safety radio networks indoors

• Minimises CAPEX and ongoing OPEX

• TRex enables simplified deployment with minimised intra-system isolation design requirements

• TRex provides excellent user experience offering smooth outdoor to indoor transition and rectified border zone coverage degradations

• Designed and manufactured in Australia

• TRex software patent pending

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iBoards Arrive at RFI

iBoards are the new Plug & Play pre-made distribution board – making your Enphase installations faster and easier – saving valuable time onsite.

Meter boxes are becoming so cluttered and there is not much room to mount the envoy, circuit breakers and CTs but with the iBoard your install is now effortless.

All wiring is boot lace crimped for solid, safe & secure terminations.

Completely pre wired & neat cable management.

Consumption CT cabling installed from Envoy to large terminal strips inside the enclosure to make connection of the consumption CT cabling easy and fast.

Enough room to fit the Enphase mobile connect module inside enclosure.

The latest Enphase software and CT configuration pre-programmed saving you up to 1 hour onsite

AC battery & AC solar label kit included

Built for electricians by electricians

Five years warranty on parts

Clear window for viewing LED communication lights

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Major Announcement- Enphase Energy and RFI provide Power Partners added value

Major Announcement- Enphase Energy and RFI provide Power Partners added value

RFI and Enphase Energy are excited to announce Enphase Energy has joined the Power Partners program for the 2020 Power Partners year. RFI’s Power Partners network will now be able to earn, boost and redeem PowerUP Reward Points on all their Enphase purchases from April 1, 2020. 

The newly inked relationship will see RFI and Enphase Energy working closely to deliver maximum benefits and incentives to the 100+ quality installer member network.  

“As a company focused on assisting our solar installers with initiatives that drive additional value, we’re delighted to participate in RFI’s Power Partners Program,” said Wilf Johnston, general manager APAC at Enphase Energy. Members of the Power Partner Network enjoy a range of commercial, lead generation and training benefits, and will now be able to further leverage the perks of the program with an all-AC home energy solution.” 

RFI’s Power Partners Network is a leading dealer network in the renewable energy industry, combining best of breed product with years of solar power experience that can’t be matched. RFI’s Power Partners are dedicated to promoting high quality solar and energy storage solutions in their local community, with Power Partner available in every metro and regional area of Australia. The unique network of Power Partners matches residential and commercial customers with their local quality solar installer, who knows and supports their community.  

The addition of Enphase Energy as a participating brand will unlock an all-AC home energy solution, providing a strong value proposition for their customers.   

Our long-term partnership with Enphase Energy continues to grow,” stated Arvind Ravichandran, Product Manager at RFI. We know that our Power Partners will take advantage of having an all-AC brand now in the program. Installers will also have peace of mind being able to offer a safe, reliable and smart solution to their customers”.  

If you are interested in becoming a Power Partner, please contact us at powerpartners@rfi.com.au. Are you a home or business looking for a solar and battery storage solution? Visit us at www.turnonthesun.com.au 

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Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus Statement

RFI wishes to share you a short summary of our on-going efforts to manage the various impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as the situation continues to evolve globally.

Like many organisations, RF Industries Pty Ltd (RFI) has put additional precautions in place in response to the continued spread of Novel Coronavirus. We are being guided by Federal and State Health authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and when necessary will act on recommendations by those bodies.

Our priorities are:

  • The health & safety of our staff, contractors and clients; and
  • The continued operation of our manufacturing facilities; and
  • The continued operation of our design, installation and services project sites.

Health & Safety

The Health and Safety of our staff is of highest importance during this period. As a result, we have enacted the following guidelines:

  • Travel obligations– If any of our staff have travelled overseas or been in close contact with the coronavirus, we have asked our staff to go through self-isolation or similar for a quarantine period of 14 days
  • Flu symptoms – If our staff have any cold or flu symptoms, we have asked them not to come to any RFI sites or attend meetings or events
  • External meetings – We are limiting external meetings and meetings on site at RFI premises with third parties.
  • International & domestic travel – We are reviewing all domestic travel requests on a case by case basis and have suspended all international travel.
  • Infection – If any of our staff becomes infected with coronavirus, we have enacted a process of immediate disclosure so that we can act to protect the health of our staff and those who interact with us.

 

If you are a contractor, supplier or client of RFI, we would ask that you also respect and consider these guidelines when interacting with our staff.

We will endeavour to continue to maintain our customer experience levels during this period and will be available for communications with our partners via digital channels including Email, web/video conferencing and teleconferencing.

Continued Operation & Supply Chain

RFI has been monitoring its impact on our supply chain with a view to ensure that we appropriately manage expectations of our valued customers & stakeholders.

We will always use our best endeavours to ensure you have the latest information as and when we know but recommend that RFI’s valued customers regularly check with their RFI Sales Representative as to the situation relating to the inventory part that you are interested in. Obviously, our Sales and Customer service staff will be in contact on a regular basis and we hope that the regular contact will alleviate some of the risk that comes with these supply chain delays.

Contact Us

If you have any specific enquiries in relation to RFI’s response, please email us at enquiry@rfi.com.au

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BYD and RFI Partner on Next Generation Battery-Box Premium

BYD, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and RFI- battery technology solutions specialists for 40 years are excited to present a new generation of the popular BYD systems, with upgrades based on specific market feedback and requirements.

The new Battery-Box Premium product line is ideally suited for the most sought after application fields in the Australian and New Zealand market – including on-grid & off-grid residential and small commercial applications.

Based on the new installation regulation AS/NZS 5139, the new product line is designed to reduce both the installation time and the costs for the installers while fulfilling the installation standards.

The new system generation builds on the strong foundation provided by the exceptional performance of tens of thousands of Battery-Box systems around the world.

Just like the predecessor models, the Battery-Box Premium line is based on BYD’s lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) technology for maximum safety, life cycles, and power.

The systems also feature the patented modular plug design and do not require any internal wiring, thus allowing maximum flexibility and ease of use. All models are compatible with leading 1 and 3 phase battery inverters and have a successful track record of being tested for high efficiency.

“At BYD we understand that the most important applications for energy storage might not even been defined. We therefore want to provide the most powerful, robust, and flexible tool possible to cover all current needs of our customers and to equip them for future demands”, said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Battery-Box.

  • AS/NZS 5139 requirements and IP55 standard for outdoor installations.
  • VDE 2510 compliant and has added safety protection features for the installation itself.
  • High-powered emergency-backup as well as on-grid and off-grid functionality for single and three-phase installation
  • Internet connectivity for all models simplifies monitoring and remote control.
  • The technological evolution also resulted in an increased low-temperature performance.
  • The cobalt-free Premium generation also has a higher energy density and thereby an even smaller footprint and thus needs less floor space.
  • The greater capacity per module reduces the number of components. Combined with the improved design and locking mechanism, this makes installation even easier and shortens installation times.
  • The Premium system designed with cabinet free concept, to reduce the delivery cost and storage costs for customers
BYD Global Supply Director (left) & Scott Magee, RFI CEO (right)

Presented by RFI Product Manager Arvind Ravichandran, we will take you through an overview of the new Battery-Box premium range including:

  • New BYD Premium Product Portfolio- including a new Off-Grid/Commercial Solution- LVL 15.4, new Battery Box- HVS 10.2 and new Battery Box- LVS 15.4
  • Selling the benefits- Why BYD is one of the best solutions on the market

 

Date: Wednesday 26/02/2020
Time: 2 pm AEDST (NSW/VIC/ACT/TAS)
(1 pm QLD, 11 am WA, 1:30 pm SA) You will need to register at the link below. 

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REC Alpha Has Arrived.

The World’s Most Powerful 60 Cell Solar Panel is available now.

Manufactured in Singapore, the game-changing REC Alpha has now arrived in our National Distribution Centre and available for shipment to you!

What is the REC Alpha?

The REC Alpha is a 365W solar panel packaged in a 60-cell footprint.

Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology

 

  • No LID = no power loss; you get the power you pay for
  • Leading temperature coefficient means more energy as temperature rises
  • Maximum power for maximum savings and accelerated return on investment
  • Its leading power density (217 watts/m²) is ideal to get the most from limited spaces
  • Over 20% more power on your roof compared to conventional panels

Advanced cell connection technology

 

  • Increased number of wires greatly improves flow of electricity current
  • Eliminating invasive soldering removes risk of cell damage or microcracks for long-lasting high performance
  • Stylish looks thanks to thin, barely-visible wires and uniformly black-colored cells
  • Full-black variant is a design masterpiece and the most elegant feature for your home
  • Solder-free cells reduces lead content by a colossal 81%
  • Environmentally-friendly manufacturing drastically reduces carbon footprint

REC Alpha empowers homeowners to drastically

reduce their carbon footprint

A 6.1 kW installation (~16 x 380 Wp REC Alpha panels) creates over 7,200 kWh of clean energy per year. This cuts CO2 emissions of a home by 4.3 tons per year. Equivalent to:

REC’s iconic Twin panel design

 

  • Award-winning design, pioneered by REC
  • Panel split into two ‘Twin’ sections
  • Reduces internal resistance for more power and reliability
  • Continued energy production in shaded conditions means you see higher energy yields

Super-strong frame

 

  • Support bars protect cells and glass from bending under load
  • Allows extreme loads up to 7000 Pa
  • Panels maintain high performance levels over the installation lifetime
  • 30 mm frame height makes panel easier to handle
  • Frame design allows optimized transportation: more panels/pallet = more panels/container = fewer trucks on the road = more savings

Industry-leading warranty

 

  • 25 year product warranty*: covers any panel defects
  • 25 year performance warranty: ensures panels perform exactly as they’re expected to – every year for 25 years
  • 25 year labor warranty*: gives added protection in case a panel needs to be serviced
  • At least 92% of nameplate power in year 25; an industry best
  • Unprecedented savings, more economic security, and greater energy autonomy for consumers

Everything you need

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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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