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4G – Futureproof your M2M Communications

4G - Futureproof your M2M Communications

With the fast moving pace of technology in the mobile communications area, Australian carriers seem to be very keen to keep their infrastructure updated. As each generation of mobile technology is introduced, carriers tend to phase out older generations to keep the operation costs down and also to reuse the existing licenced spectrum for newer technologies.

Telstra recently switched off their 2G network with Optus and Vodafone to follow this year. It’s more than 10 years now since the first 3G network was launched in Australia. With the fast growing 4G coverage across the country and the upcoming 5G technology already in the horizon, Telstra has announced plans to phase out 3G by 2020.

Although telephony subscribers still form the majority of mobile network users, the number of M2M subscriptions is also rapidly growing. We all have heard of the famous forecast of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As the industry is heavily investing in M2M devices, it’s very important to select the right technology that survives for a reasonable number of years.

When the first 4G network was launched in Australia back in 2011, higher download speeds and smaller latencies were the main differentiators that attracted customers. Ethernet 4G modems/routers were available in the Australian market shortly after as such devices are normally used in throughput demanding applications. Low cost 4G serial modem market on the other hand, didn’t really pick up because of the low speed nature of serial devices as well as the significantly higher cost of 4G cellular modules compared to the 3G devices.

As the cost of 4G devices continues to decline and the possibility of 3G shut down in the next few years gets more real, many industries now prefer to use 4G devices instead of 3G even if 3G satisfies their current requirements.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

A 24/7 truly channelized Antenna System monitor designed to make site management easy. Access your RF site from the office and on the go. The power is now in your hands.

The ASM gives you the ability to:

  • Measure and Monitor up to 80 channels
  • Perform maintenance tests from the comfort of your office!
  • Receive alarm alerts for system faults to solve outages fast!
  • Keep detailed history reports and graphs for easy reporting and identification of system issues!

Check out our videos highlighting benefits of the Antenna System Monitor!

Download the App Note here
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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
Click Here for the full Case Study
Click Here for the full Case Study
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Smartmax Firmware Upgrade

PRODUCT: SMARTMAX PRODUCT CODE: MA-2010 RELEASE VERSION: 1.5.0 RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2016 We have now released new firmware for the Maxon Smartmax modem – an industry standard in serial point-to-multipoint wireless SCADA communications. The Smartmax can power up simple to advance M2M applications and enable secure two-way communications for numerous applications. The Smartmax modem is already providing proven remote monitoring, control, management and reporting applications.  Designed for reliable field performance and functionalities, the Smartmax allow solutions to deliver rapid, cost-effective deployment for any telemetry environment.

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Maxon maXcloud Services

MaXwan Site-to-Site VPN Service.

A Site-to-Site VPN is for connecting a network to maXwan devices, rather than maXvpn which connects a single computer to maXwan devices; therefore, extending the company’s network.

Where would you use Site-to-Site VPN?
An example of an application in which Site-to-Site VPN would be ideal is a company that manages various water treatment plants. They require information collected from data loggers via sensors at various sites in NSW and QLD – to be transmitted and made available to several different servers for reporting and monitoring.  Each data logger has a maXwan (Fixed IP address) and is part of a subnet; therefore forming one end of the Site-to-Site VPN.  In the image below one server is allocated to NSW, one server is allocated to QLD and the third server is a back up of all data.  Information from the data loggers is transmitted via a router to the applicable servers and multiple users can access and monitor the data loggers as required.
Click here for more information and to see how it works
Click here for more information and to see how it works

What is maXcloud?

maXcloud is the corporate umbrella that integrates Maxon Australia’s range of network services; maXwan, maXvpn and maXconnect.
maXcloud is a bundle offering that grew from a demand for static IP addresses and developed offering users the flexibility of private WAN and VPN services as well as device management. The maXcloud offering means that small to medium size businesses no longer need to outlay $1000’s in computer resources and software applications and there’s no long term commitment.

maXcloud allows you access to our reliable services via an Enterprise level data centre that offers rapid deployment and more importantly, superior security and quick response times.

Click here for more information and to see how it works
Click here for more information and to see how it works
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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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