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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

Learn more at our Webinar later this month!
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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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Lock Down your Designer Skills

Dear Installer,

Take advantage of the extra desk time to sharpen your Designer skills.

Get on the Designer platform, practice a few commercial solar designs and share them with us! You could be awarded

The SolarEdge executive team will award the SolarEdge equipment and Uber Eats vouchers for the new Designer submissions that demonstrate creativity and the effective use of new Designer features including:

 

  • Accurate elevations and roof pitches
  • Properly mapped out roof obstructions
  • Creative and efficient module placement
  • Compliant electrical designs
  • Any other creative or dynamic modelling approaches

The following resources may help you with some design functions

Don’t forget to use the help function within the site designer to access useful video and tech notes.

If you’re ready to begin, please access the Designer platform here.
To see how to share your design, watch this video.
Once your design is done, click submit now!

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Webinars / Virtual Training

On Demand Webinars

SolarEdge
Victron Energy
SMA

April 3rd 2:30pm

Enphase

Wednesday 1 April, 8.30am – 9.30am

Friday 3 April, 8.30am – 9.30am

Monday 6 April, 8.30am – 9.30am

Wednesday 8 April, 8.30am – 9.30am

Schneider Electric

April 16th - 4:00 AM (AEST)

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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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April 2020 Trading Hours and Covid-19 Update

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. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we are continuing to be guided by Federal and State Health authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and when necessary will act on recommendations by those bodies.  

Latest Advice

We are currently reviewing the latest advice provided by the relevant state government authorities issued on 23rd March 2020.

We take the health and safety of our workforce and the wider community seriously, so will be implementing changes in how you will be able to conduct business with us in the coming days.   

Updated Easter Holidays Trading

RFI wishes to share with you that during the month of April we have amended our staffing arrangements ahead of the Easter holidays period.

Many customers locally and globally have adjusted operations, reducing immediate demand significantly. Rest assured, we anticipate our Sydney office even with reduced capacity will meet our projected requirements.

Updated trading hours are as follows: 

 

Sydney Distribution Centre 

Open except for Good Friday and Easter Monday 

Please note: National Customer Service, Sales support and NSW Warehouse Staff from 6 April-17 April will be available in a reduced capacity 

 

All Manufacturing Sites and Satellite Offices 

(Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth) 

Closed for Extended Break on Friday April 3, Return April 20 

Please note: National Customer Service and Sales support from 6 April-17 April will be available in a reduced capacity

 

Engineering, Design and Technical Support 

Closed for Extended Break on Friday April 3, Return April 20) 

Please note: Emergency technical and sales support accessible through Customer Service teams

 

We will open again for normal operations as usual on Monday, April 20. We hope our slow-down will not impact on your business and apologise for any inconvenience. 

Key Details

  • To help us best serve you during the holiday period, we request that you consider bringing forward any orders required to limit any delays during this period. 
  • If you need assistance or an emergency arises, the staff we have in place will have both the authority to act and the ability to escalate appropriately. 
  • During this period incoming calls (other than to mobiles) will be centralised. To ensure emails are not missed, please use enquiry@rfi.com.au for all enquiries over this period. 
  • Our business like yours is striving to make the best decisions we can to serve our customers and protect all of those in our careIf there is more, we can do to help your business in these difficult times, please let us know. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact 1300 000 RFI (734) or email us at enquiry@rfi.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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Wireless solar communications solutions with LoRa radio

Wireless solar communications solutions with LoRa radio

By Monique Merino, RFI Product Manager (IoT)

As solar installations continue to increase and we move more towards smart grid solutions which require more connectivity, having a reliable connection for your solar system is essential. Modern solar inverters require connectivity to communicate data back to an internet connected portal.  RFI has the innovative solution to for this (and many other) solar applications.

If you have ever had a solar system installed, or are an installer yourself, you will have come across the situation of having to run a hard-line RS485 cable from your inverter to your meter unit through impractical or almost impossible terrain when connecting your inverter to a meter. While this is the recommended solution from many inverter manufacturers it is often impractical, expensive or impossible to lay a hardwired cable for RS485. This calls for a more innovative approach to achieve communications between a meter and inverter.

Communications in solar installations is often seen as a mysterious and complex part of the install, but it doesn’t need to be. Using a pair of Maxon Datamax LoRa terminals a wireless RS485 link can be established within minutes. As small outstation devices, the terminals are fitted with RS485 (and RS232) serial connectivity, this allows for direct connectivity to the inverter comms interface through the RS485 serial connector commonly found on solar inverters. The terminals are then programmed to talk to each other over LoRa radio through paired device IDs, matching frequency and data rate. With supply from RFI terminals can be supplied pre-programmed with settings appropriate for your device to further simplify setup.

So, what are the advantages of using the Maxon Datamax LoRa terminal solution for inverter communications? LoRa is a LPWAN communications protocol, this means that it is low power consumption solution that can communicate over a long range. This makes it better suited to these sorts of applications when compared to other protocols that have been tested for this use case, such as WiFi, which are designed for high-power short-range solutions. LoRa’s embedded end to end encryption and redundancy for packet finality also make it a desirable and versatile solution. The ease of installation of the product and the low power, low cost of the LoRa terminals also makes them an economical solution when compared to the cost of running long cable runs.

Since a large range of solar inverters and meters can be connected by RS485 or RS232 this makes this solution compatible with a wide range of devices and brands. This illustrates the flexibility of the Maxon Datamax LoRa terminal solution for wireless solar communications.

For any additional information, please contact the sales team at enquiry@rfi.com.au.

Monique Merino, Product Manager (IoT)

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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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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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