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RFI Secures M4 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

Sydney, Australia RF Industries Pty Ltd has received the contract to carry out the design, manufacture, integration and commissioning of the radio and mobile phone rebroadcast systems for the WestConnex New M4 project in Sydney, Australia.

WestConnex is Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project and is a key element of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s integrated transport solution. The New M4 is the first tunnel section of WestConnex.  Seven kilometres in length, the New M4 will join the new widened M4 at Homebush Bay Drive and includes a 5.5 kilometre tunnel with three lanes in each direction from Homebush to Parramatta Road and the City West Link, Haberfield.  It will handle a projected average of 132,400 cars a day by 2031.

Project contractors CPB John Holland Samsung JV partners have extensive experience in tunnelling and major infrastructure delivery. On the New M4 tunnel project they have partnered with RFI who have delivered radio and mobile phone rebroadcast systems for many tunnels throughout Australia and internationally. RFI’s CEO Scott Magee said this contract award is the result of a lengthy and detailed contribution from our Australian engineering, manufacturing and services teams.

We are proud to be contributing to such a globally significant project, one that is set to have a positive impact on Sydney’s road network for generations to come. Obviously the real work now begins however we are genuinely excited to be involved in such a high profile and critical infrastructure project. Our technology solution incorporates RFI’s Australian manufactured rebroadcast solutions, and that means we are creating much needed manufacturing and services jobs right here in Australia“, Magee said.

He added, “Moreover this selection allows RFI to showcase the only Australian manufactured solutions for AM/FM and mobile radio rebroadcast, and provides the New M4 project the capability to support emerging digital technologies such as digital broadcast radio (DAB).  With the award of this contract, RFI further demonstrates its position as a leading technology solutions provider in Australia with RFI manufactured solutions in Sydney’s M2, Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove tunnels, Melbourne’s CityLink and Eastlink tunnels,  the Clem7 and Airport Link  tunnels in Brisbane, and the Tugun and Byron Bay tunnels – just to name a few.”

RFI designs and manufactures global technology solutions from manufacturing facilities in Victoria and South Australia. We have Australia’s largest RF products manufacturing facility, producing world class antenna, multicoupling systems and active electronics products for both the domestic and international markets, and we are the only Australian manufacturer of feature-rich rebroadcast system products, such as will be deployed in the New M4 tunnel project.

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Sydney Harbour Tunnel rebroadcast major system upgrade

Overview

When Trantek MST needed a reliable rebroadcast system for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system upgrade project, they chose RFI.

Project:

Upgrade AM/FM radio rebroadcast system, providing audio break-in capabilities, competiablity for the future DAB+ digital radio upgrade, and performance monitoring capability in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, NSW.

Customer:

Trantek MST and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

RFI Role:

Design and installation of the upgrade to the intelligent transport system.

Job  Overview:

Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services.

“We chose RFI because of their proven technical, manufacturing, installation and integration capabilities. RFI has proven extremely easy to work with, quickly understanding the technical requirements of Trantek MST’s fault resilient architecture and integrating and where necessary manufacturing custom components to achieve a truly satisfying solution.” said Trantek MST Managing Director, Mr Lionel Ascone.

“They have provided the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with an upgraded rebroadcast system that has met the customer’s operational requirements, whilst also providing a feature-rich capability that allowed us to incorporate it into our fault-resilient intelligent transport control system.”

“RFI performed well within the often challenging multi-disciplined environment that exists in a major project, and has delivered their system to the project on-budget – assisting Trantek MST to deliver another successful project to its customers.”

Key Components

  • Rebroadcast AM Repeaters
  • Rebroadcast FM Repeaters
  • Broadband multi-carrier power amplifiers
  • AM/FM Cross band Couplers
  • The rebroadcast system provides compatibility for the future addition of the rebroadcast of DAB+ digital radio.
  • A custom manufactured RF Change-Over Unit was incorporated within the design, enabling switching between the redundant subsystems, either manually or automatically controlled by Trantek MST’s fault-resilient ITS system.
  • Performance monitoring of the radiating cables at both ends of both tunnels -implemented to continuously monitor the performance of the system and contribute to the switching control of the system redundancy in the event of a system fault condition.
  • Fibre optic cable is used to link the equipment items between the various installation locations.

Trantek MST was tasked with the design and installation of an upgrade to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system in NSW, Australia. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel is one of Sydney’s primary transport routes, with busy vehicular traffic using the tunnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The AM/FM radio rebroadcast system is a relatively minor, but vital, component of the overall total intelligent transport system not only to maintain the rebroadcast of AM and FM radio stations within the Tunnel, but also to ensure that vital incident management capabilities can be maintained In the event off a sub-system failure.

An audio break-in capability allows pre-recorded or live audio announcements to be inserted into the AM and FM rebroadcasts to notify drivers of incident information via their car radios.

Trantek MST sought a partner who could design, install and commission the rebroadcast system upgrade as a turnkey sub-contractor.

As well as meeting the stringent operational requirements, Trantek MST needed a partner with the experience to handle the challenges of working on one of Sydney’s busiest roadways.
Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services, including:

  • RF surveys
  • System design
  • Equipment manufacture
  • Integration
  • Factory acceptance testing (FAT)
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Site acceptance testing (SAT)
  • Coverage testing

Project Management

RFI believes in flexible, responsive and transparent relationships with clients. So during this project, RFI’s project manager actively liaised with Trantek MST and Sydney Harbour Tunnel personnel. Working closely with Trantek MST and their customer allowed several unexpected issues that arose during the project to be addressed and resolved with minimal impact to the customer’s operations and tunnel motorists.

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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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Sydney Hills M2 tunnel upgrade

Overview

RFI provided a communications solution to deliver Break-In Emergency Services radio coverage and AM/FM rebroadcast (RRB) system as part of the $550 million Sydney Hills M2 tunnel upgrade.

An audio break-in capability allows pre-recorded or live audio announcements to be inserted into the AM and FM rebroadcasts so drivers can hear them on their car radios.

To reduce traffic congestion and improve travel time, Transurban undertook a significant upgrade of Sydney’s M2 Motorway, which included widening the 360m roadway tunnel from two to three lanes in both directions. During this process, Transurban recognised the need to upgrade the public address system and audio break-in of the AM/FM Radio Rebroadcast System (RRB) via the Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

Transurban required RFI to fully manage the project and provide a full turnkey solution of Break-in radio rebroadcast including design, installation, commission, training and documentation.

Design

RFI designed the system which comprised:

  • 12 Channels of AM and 12 Channels of FM Off-Air Channelised Uni-Directional Amplifiers
  • UHF O&M Two-Way Radio Rebroadcast
  • UHF/Police/RMS Rebroadcast
  • Future compatibility for inclusion of DAB+ Rebroadcast
  • Coaxial and Radiating Cable AM/FM RF distribution system
  • Audio Break-In Interface to the AM/FM
  • Rebroadcast System
  • Fully Integrated DYNAC OMCS Radio
  • Rebroadcast interface
  • Audio Server / Logger/ Replayer
  • PMCS System Alarm Monitoring interface
  • And associated combining, antennas and related equipment

Requirements

Specific requirements for the project included:

Tyco selected RFI to design and install the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services, including:

  • The retransmission of the AM and FM radio station broadcasts to maintain the quality equivalent to that outside of the tunnel
  • The Retransmission of existing Hills
  • M2 operations and maintenance UHF radio system needed to improve hand-held radio reception
  • The system needed to interface to existing PA system
  • The RRB needed to provide an interface to both the primary and secondary
  • OMCS system servers Of particular challenge was the extensive software development RFI had to undertake to enable the interface from radio rebroadcast public address (RRBPA) Audio Server, to communicate with the existing Transurban OMCS system via the Ripple protocol.
  • Also challenging was signal reception and rebroadcast of the clients preferred AM/FM commercial radio stations, this was due to the geographical location and various output power of targeted AM/FM commercial broadcasters. RFI exercised thorough site surveys for optimal antenna placement to ensure strong signal reception and quality tunnel rebroadcasting to resolve these issues.
  • RFI supplied all RRB hardware, software, cabinets, cables and antennas for both East and West Bound Tunnels, the MTP (Main Toll Plaza) and the EPCR (East Portal Control Room).
  • The DSPbR and AM/FM repeater equipment is manufactured at our high spec Adelaide facility. RFI also supplied AM/FM antennas and RFI UHF yagi antennas, lightning protection, and in-tunnel off-air monitoring system.
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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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Congratulations to our ARCIA Award Winners

Melbourne, Australia; Congratulations to Steve Hunt and Mark Crosland, ARCIA award winners for 2016.

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RFI acquires the assets of Maxon Australia

31 August 2016 RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) has acquired the assets of Maxon, Australia’s leading cloud-based 3G and 4G wireless network devices and telemetry solutions company.

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RFI inducted into Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Melbourne, Australia;

RFI has been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The award was announced at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards ceremony on Thursday, June 9.

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RFI becomes Authorised Reseller of the Tesla Powerwall

RFI is excited to announce that through collaboration with Tesla Energy they have become an Authorised Reseller of the Tesla Powerwall.

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RFI and CommScope sign Distribution Agreement

RFI is pleased to announce the signing of a distribution agreement with CommScope, covering the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific regions.

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