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RFI MiniSystem Combiner Deployed To Provide Rapid Radio Coverage For A High-Profile Expedition Race TV Series

RFI MiniSystem Combiner Deployed To Provide Rapid Radio Coverage For A High-Profile Expedition Race TV Series

For the high profile expedition race TV series filmed in Fiji, RFI worked with partner COMS Ltd to supply and deploy MiniSystem Combiners and antennas to provide rapid radio coverage.

The Challenge:

Our partner had won the contract to provide rapid radio communications for a high-profile expedition race TV series in Fiji. The event organisers required coverage for four concurrent VHF radio channels, in three geographical coverage zones.

Implementation timelines and logistics were quite challenging with the sporting series running across multiple days. All the equipment, including the radio repeaters, multicoupling system and antennas had to be transported long distances into remote areas with no proper road access.

In some areas, the equipment had to be moved to sites by helicopters. The equipment also had to be compact and lightweight enough so it could be easily disassembled and carried by hand if required.

To cover zone 2, the whole equipment had to be fitted into and moved between aircrafts. Our partner also needed the ability to remove, redeploy and reconfigure the equipment, at short notice, to meet the event’s timelines quickly and easily.

Importantly, providing a reliable radio communication system was critical as the health and safety of the competitors and the crew depended on it.

The Solution:

After thorough consideration, our partner selected RFI’s MiniSystem Combiners and antennas to support the radio coverage for this event. Delivered pre-configured, our partner only needed to plug the radio repeaters and antennas for rapid coverage deployment.

The simplicity of installation and the compact physical size made the MiniSystem Combiner the ideal combining solution for this application. MiniSystems provided the customer with everything they needed for their multicoupling. Signal filtering, combining, amplification and distribution were all included in a compact enclosure. This enabled the customer to easily combine four radio repeaters into a single antenna using a small footprint.

The compact size and light weight of the MiniSystem also helped the customer to move the equipment easily across zones in pre-made portable hard cases, along with the radio repeaters. This would not be possible with a traditional multicoupling system with bulky and heavy filters, combiners and multicouplers.

The Results:

The MiniSystems were delivered to the customer on time and our partner managed to deploy and transport the equipment within the expected timeframes. Once the equipment was at its designated location, it was setup and commissioned quickly and smoothly.

The whole system was also de-commissioned, moved and redeployed in a different location, 200 kms away in two days.

The compact size of MiniSystems also allowed the whole system to be fitted inside the repeater aircrafts. The aircrafts had antennas on the under belly and were providing radio coverage for one of the geographical zones.

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RFI Secures New M5 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

RFI  Secures the New M5 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

RF Industries Pty Ltd announced that it has been recently awarded a contract for the radio rebroadcast component of the WestConnex New M5 project in Sydney, Australia. This is the second contract relating to WestConnex that has been awarded to RFI.

The New M5 tunnel is a major component in Stage 2 of the WestConnex project, a key and critical element of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s integrated transport solution. The project  will provide twin underground motorway tunnels, nine kilometres long, from Kingsgrove to a new St Peters Interchange, more than doubling capacity of the M5 East corridor, and substantially improving east-west access between the Sydney CBD, Port Botany and Sydney Airport and the South West growth areas.

RFI has provided radio systems for many tunnels throughout Australia and internationally. For the New M5 project, RFI will deliver detailed services encompassing the design, manufacture, integration and commissioning of the radio rebroadcast systems for the project.

RFI’s CEO Scott Magee commented “We are excited to be awarded this contract and to further our involvement in the WestConnex project. Our Australian manufactured solutions will now be implemented across the M4 and M5 tunnel sections of the WestConnex Motorway, showcasing RFI’s locally engineered technology solutions on a large scale as well as creating Australian manufacturing and services jobs. Both projects demonstrate Australian engineering talent as being truly world class”.

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, which will be deployed in the New M5 tunnel project.

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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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NZ Waterview Tunnel Rebroadcast

New Zealand Waterview Tunnel Rebroadcast and Break-In Comms System

RFI supplied the system for the rebroadcast of AM/FM radio stations and local Police, Fire and Ambulance two-way radio networks (including duplex and simplex fire-ground channels for in-tunnel incident communications). A new UHF digital two-way radio network for Roadway Operations & Maintenance (O&M) personnel is also included.

RFI fully managed the communications project and provided a full turnkey solution utilising a comprehensive suite of our extensive products and services portfolio in the design, delivery and commissioning of this flexible and feature-rich AM/FM/VHF/UHF radio rebroadcast system. The solution includes live and pre-recorded audio break-in message functionality for roadway incident management, and OMCS RRB control interface, and extensive equipment status and performance monitoring and alarm reporting.

The rebroadcast equipment was built into a small physical footprint to assist installation within the limited equipment space available in several of the in-tunnel equipment node locations, and comprehensive equipment monitoring is incorporated within the design to provide equipment status and alarm reporting throughout the system’s multi-node environment.

Quick Facts

  • $1.4 billion road project
  • 2.4km long tunnel
  • 8 AM stations rebroadcast
  • 22 FM stations rebroadcast
  • Multi-channel VHF/UHF Emergency Services Rebroadcast
  • UHF O&M Two-Way Radio System – portable radios & O&M Rebroadcast
  • Live and Prerecorded Audio Break-In interface
  • OMCS RRB Control interface
  • OMCS RRB Monitoring and Alarm interface
  • Multiple WDM, Redundant Path, Fibre-based RF Signal distribution
  • Radiating Cable, Multi-band RF Combining, Antennas and related equipment
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