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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 Technology Solutions & S-5! Partnership Announcement

RFI Technology Solutions & S-5! Partnership Announcement

RFI Technology Solutions are proud to announce our new partnership with S-5!

With a global portfolio of metal-roof solar arrays made in the USA, S-5!’s products have revolutionised the metal roofing industry for over 28 years.

This partnership only strengthens RFI’s solar solution offering to the Australian marketplace. 

Having a strong alignment between our businesses S-5! provides high-quality and well-engineered metal-roof solar products.

We are excited to bring S-5! on as they continue to expand their presence throughout APAC.

If you would like more information about the partnership, please call 1300 000 734 to speak to our Customer Experience Team.

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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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New Solar Connectivity Solution

Introducing 4G SIM & MODEM Bundle Packs

RFI Technology Solutions new 4G SIM & Modem Bundle Packs allow for a quick, simple and easy install that will ensure your client has immediate access to their solar monitoring portal.

With configuration completed inside the box, the modem can be plugged in and connected to 3G and 4G networks in minutes.

This makes our Solar Connectivity Solution perfect for those commercial, industrial or off-grid solar inverter connections where Wi-Fi or hard-line ethernet connectivity is impractical and not a feasible option.

Simple, Quick, Connected!

 

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Low PIM Base Station Antenna Upgrade to 4.3-10

Improving Low PIM Base Station Antennas

RFI Technology Solutions has begun upgrading all low PIM base station antennas to 4.3-10 connectors. Designed to provide improved PIM ratings, the 4.3-10 connector provides increased reliability in a compact, easy to install connector.  RFI is the first Australian PMR antenna manufacturer to supply antennas with 4.3-10 connectors.

From August 2020, all UHF Corporate Collinears and Exposed Dipole Array series antennas will be shipped with 4.3-10 connectors. Over the coming year, the connector upgrade will be implemented on the UHF Meander range and the VHF and 800MHz range Corporate Collinears and dipoles.

As part of the upgrade, RFI also stocks a range of adaptors (DIN and N) and 4.3-10 terminations for most common cable, as well as jumper cables, lightning protection and ASM couplers.

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RFI Services Update Victorian Stage 4 lockdown

Message from our CEO Scott Magee

With Stage 4 lockdown coming into effect last night for the Melbourne Metro area, this has presented new challenges to provide an ‘as normal’ service for our customers.

RFI continues to be guided by Federal and State Health authorities and will be responding appropriately to the government guidelines and updates. So whilst we are on alert and watch this situation very closely, at this stage and based on the guidelines provided, we are still able to keep our doors open and business operating in all facilities, albeit with many of our staff now working from home.

In summary:

  • With our central distribution centre being located in Sydney we are able and will continue to ship goods throughout Australia.
  • Our Melbourne manufacturing facilities will continue to operate as ‘open for on-site work with a COVID Safe Plan’. This defines us as a permitted work premise under the latest directions provided by the Victorian Government.
  • We have implemented additional precautions throughout all our facilities to ensure the safety of our staff and our customers across the country.
  • The general COVID environment has and will disrupt the general supply chain, so we have been working closely with our suppliers to reduce any impact to the supply of our products.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the directions provided by the authorities. If anything changes from the above we will provide you with further updates accordingly.

RFI will always endeavour to ensure you have the latest information regarding your orders as and when we know, but recommend that you, a valued customer of RFI, regularly check in with your RFI Sales Representative around your specific inventory needs.

Our Sales and Customer service staff will be in contact on a regular basis and we hope that this contact will alleviate some of the risk that may come with potential supply chain delays.

Scott Magee
CEO

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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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RFI Partners with Syntony‐GNSS to Bring Underground Location and Navigation Coverage Solutions to ANZ

RFI Technology Solutions has announced today they are partnering with Syntony‐GNSS to address underground GNSS positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions under increasing demand with the burgeoning underground infrastructure being built throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Syntony‐GNSS PNT solution will plug the gap in GPS/GNSS/RNSS underground coverage in road, rails and transport tunnels.

Syntony’s patented SubWAVE/SubWAVE+ solutions expands the GPS/GNSS coverage to underground areas enabling accurate location information to be received by standard GPS/GNSS receivers such as those already in smartphones, navigation systems in cars and other road and rail vehicles, and increasingly in communications devices used by emergency services and other critical industries for operations and safety. The system operates by broadcasting synthetic location specific GPS/GNSS signals through existing or new leaky feeder antenna cables in underground environments.

Syntony GNSS is a leader and expert in the design and manufacture of GNSS systems and RFI has well established credentials in Wireless coverage Solutions which include significant experience in the design, system integration, deployment and support for underground and confined spaces applications.

RFI is the leader in wireless coverage solutions for tunnel and underground communications, and the addition of the SubWAVE/SubWAVE+ solution now provides a complete critical network coverage solution for the emergency services and transport industries and their increasing reliance on location and navigation services (e.g. GPS/GNSS) in daily operations.

President of Syntony GNSS, Joel Korsakissok, said, “We were very pleased to form a partnership with RFI. Their local knowledge and experience in ANZ, together with their dedicated installation, commissioning and support teams complement our flexible and world leading solutions.”

RFI CEO Scott Magee said, “We are excited that our local regulatory authorities have recognised similar needs for GNSS rebroadcast within Australia and are consulting with local industry experts. We look forward to sharing the joint expertise of RFI and Syntony with our local authorities and our industry partners as they chart a prudent course towards trials that will hopefully lead to licensed solutions for critical underground applications.”

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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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