Mayor unveils first fully electric bus routes for central London

byd-electric-bus-london-570x321The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that the capital will own Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses, as they revealed the first two all-electric bus routes for central London.

The Mayor announced that routes 507 and 521 will exclusively run a 51-strong fleet of all-electric buses by the end of the year, as part of his ambitious campaign for a dramatic improvement in of air quality in the capital. Combined with 22 all-electric buses already running in outer London, it will take the capital’s entire fleet of electric buses up to 73 – the largest in Europe.

The move to the all-electric single-deck buses, made in Britain by Chinese company BYD and British manufacturer ADL, will eliminate NOx emissions on the routes and reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent. The buses will also be the first to include screens showing the next five stops and how the Tube and Overground is running, as well as 12 seats with USB sockets to help passengers charge their phones.

The first nine of these buses were unveiled at Waterloo Bus Garage today (9 September). Earlier in the morning the Mayor met with Xu Qin, the Mayor of Shenzhen, China, to mark the launch day and discuss approaches to tackling air pollution.

The phased delivery of the 51 buses marks a significant step forward in the Mayor’s comprehensive plan to transform the capital’s bus fleet. This plan includes all 300 single-deck buses that travel through central London to be zero emission by 2020, and all 3,100 double deck buses to be hybrid by 2019.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: `It’s vital that we act now to clean-up our capital’s toxic air and do everything we can to help prevent the thousands of deaths it causes each year.

`I’ve set out a comprehensive plan to improve our air, and the transformation of London’s bus fleet will play a key role in making our transport cleaner and heathier.

`These first two electric bus routes right through the heart of London are another step towards the end of conventional diesel buses on our roads. This will deliver extensive air quality benefits and position us as a true world leader in adopting ultra low emission vehicle technology.’

TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, Leon Daniels, said: `These are the first two electric routes that travel through the heart of the capital. They will mean better air quality and better journeys for customers – with less noise and vibration than traditional buses. Today is a real game-changer in the drive to green the capital’s transport network.’

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said: `Today is the culmination of several years of hard work and we are delighted to be here with our partners TfL, Go-Ahead and ADL inaugurating Europe’s largest electric bus fleet. We are proud that the previous largest fleet – of 35 ebuses – was also supplied by BYD to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. In the UK we have a dedicated support team, a new office, a new Country Manager and will shortly be acquiring a workshop and parts store within London. We are in discussion with several potential customers for our electric buses and look forward to helping more operators and their city governments to assist in improving air quality’, he said.

Colin Robertson, CEO of ADL, said: `These world-class vehicles are a product of partnership – in collaborating with BYD, our shared vision has been to provide an electric vehicle solution which responds to all of our customers’ needs. At the core of our company is our commitment to designing, developing and manufacturing the vehicles which incorporate the latest technologies to deliver market-leading reliability, low total cost of ownership and environmental benefits. The premium interior specification options will contribute to an outstanding passenger experience, underlining our commitment to increasing ridership and bus usage in congested cities. Seeing this fleet of vehicles enter into service is a milestone event for all of us and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.’

In May, the Mayor announced a number of far-reaching proposals to clean-up London’s toxic air. As part of this, he is making sure that TfL leads by example with a comprehensive plan to transform the capital’s bus fleet. This includes:

  • Making sure all double decker buses operating in the central Ultra Low Emission Zone comply a year earlier by 2019, meaning each of the 3,100 double-deck buses operating in the zone will be Euro VI hybrid
  • Expanding the ULEZ retrofit programme up to 3,000 buses outside the central zone by 2020 (up from 800) and to 4,200 by 2021 (over 5,000 in total)
  • Procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018
  • Low Emission Bus Zones, operational by 2020, that will see NOx emissions along particular routes fall by around 84 per cent.

London currently has around 2,000 hybrid electric buses, representing around 20 per cent of the fleet, and one purely electric route.

In addition, there are eight zero emission hydrogen buses operating and TfL is trailing inductive charging technology that enables diesel-electric hybrid buses to charge their batteries wirelessly while they wait at bus terminals.

TfL has also accelerated the introduction of ultra-low emission Euro VI buses with more than 1,500 in service.

NOTES TO EDITORS:
In May the Mayor announced a number of proposals to improve the Capital’s air quality. Those proposals, which were subject to a recent consultation with nearly 15,000 responses, included:

  • Extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road and the possibility of bringing forward the introduction earlier than 2020
  • Implementing an extra charge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London using the Congestion Charge payment and enforcement system from 2017
  • Introducing ULEZ standards for heavy vehicles London-wide from 2020
  • Giving the go-ahead for TfL to start work on the costs and challenges of implementing a diesel scrappage scheme as part of a wider national scheme delivered by the Government

The order for the BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses follows a three-year trial of two BYD vehicles. The trial proved they could consistently run a 16-hour shift without a recharge being necessary.
The buses should reduce CO2 by 408 tonnes and harmful nitrogen oxides by 10 tonnes of NOx per year

The 507 bus route is between Victoria and Waterloo. The 521 is from Waterloo to London Bridge. After route 312, in Croydon, they are the second and third purely electric bus routes in the capital.

43 BYD-supplied recharging posts have been installed at Waterloo Garage. These are capable of powering 46 buses, with a further five charging posts being located at nearby Mandela Way depot where five buses are to be based.

Since TfL was formed in 2000 it has invested strongly in London’s bus network – resulting in a 69 per cent increase in passenger numbers. London Buses now carry around 2.4 billion passengers a year, which equates to half of all bus journeys made in England.

The routes, the 507 and 521, which run from Waterloo to Victoria and London Bridge respectively, are operated by Go-Ahead under a five-year contract with TfL.

There are two pollutants of particular concern in London: Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). The UK Government’s action plan includes meeting NO2 legal limits in London by 2025. The Mayor wants to use the package of measures agreed following the consultation to ensure we can achieve this before 2025.

Source: TfL

Deutcsche Telekom keeps Daimler connected with the latest Technology

  • Deal with a value into the hundreds of millions
  • Modernization and operation of data center and IT applications
  • Partner for connected-car technology

T-Systems has once again persuaded Daimler of its IT expertise, with Deutsche Telekom’s business customers arm set to continue operating the automaker’s mainframes and key IT applications. T-Systems will ensure that mobile real-time connectivity is integrated into vehicles, as it has done in recent years. The deal has a value into the hundreds of millions. “Together with Daimler, we are the driving force behind the digitization of the automotive industry, modernizing the associated platforms and making them more flexible. We scored points with the high quality of service we have provided over many years,” says Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems and a member of the Deutsche Telekom Management Board.

Modernizing the heart of the IT system
The contract to operate Daimler’s mainframes includes modernization of the hardware, which will entail deployment of the very latest mainframe technology. The two partners also want to focus more on standard software in order to make the operation of IT applications in the production and distribution environments even more efficient. An added advantage for Daimler is the greater flexibility it will enjoy to access the IT services it needs on demand.

Over two million vehicles connected worldwide
T-Systems connects over two million Daimler vehicles across the globe via Daimler’s proprietary connected car platform, and it will continue to operate the existing “Mercedes me connect” services for the next generation of vehicles as well. These services include live traffic information, safety functions such as emergency call, convenience services such as remote control, and infotainment apps like Internet radio and hotel/parking search functions.

In addition to all that, T-Systems and Daimler have joined forces to develop an upgrade solution for existing Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which will enable customers to connect to the digital world by retrofitting a Bluetooth adapter and downloading the corresponding app. The “Mercedes me” adapter has been on the market since spring this year.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Co-Star now supplying the latest HSD connectors

logoCo-Star the Harrogate UK based global supplier to the ICT industry has today announced that it’s adding the latest HSD (High Speed Data) connectors to their product portfolio.

The Co-Star range of HSD connectors are based on the star-quad principle which is a symmetrical impedance controlled 100 ohm interconnect system for High Speed Data transmission. Interference from crosstalk and external sources is prevented, ensuring high-performance transmission quality.

HSD connectors can be used in combination with a variety of protocols such as LVDS camera (Low Voltage Differential Signalling), GVIF (Gigabit Video Interface), USB, IEEE 1394 as well as Ethernet protocols.

Applications for HSD connectors include:

  • Infotainment Modules
  • Headed Units
  • Cluster Displays
  • Consumer Ports

The demand for HSD connectors has been driven by the technologies used by manufacturers in the latest connected cars including: Infotainment systems, Telematics systems, consumer ports and cluster displays.

The HSD connectors are colour coded to differentiate the application (see the table below)

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Source: Co-Star

 

Co-Star Exports Rocket in September

 

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Co-Star the Harrogate UK based supplier to the ICT industry have taken a record number of export orders from countries located all over the World in September to help boost the UK’s GDP.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented “In one day we took orders from: Ghana, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and the USA which is a record for us and a very exciting development for the company. We react very quicky to enquiries and can get orders delivered within days to countries including; Australia and the USA which has helped us develop good relationships with our global customers and has lead to repeat business”.

Co-Star distribute and manufacture products used in the Mobile Communications Industry for IoT, M2M, Telematics and Mobile Data applications.

Tim Cosgrove added “We are lucky to work in such a vibrant industry that is always presenting us with new opportunities to develop products and solutions. We have worked on some cutting edge projects with some of our customers including; Autonomous transport and connected vehicles which helps us ride the wave of new technologies and stay at the forefront of the latest developments”.

urce: Co-Star

 

 

Four wins for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award

 

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Audi connectivity systems honored for third consecutive time. First place for traffic jam assist and MMI all-in-touch, among others Ingolstadt/Stuttgart, September 16, 2016 

Four first place finishes for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award 2016: In the reader survey conducted by “auto motor und sport” and “CHIP” magazines, Audi wins in the Assistance Systems, Control Concepts/Displays, Sound Systems and Entertainment/Multimedia categories.

More than 32,000 readers voted. Marcus Keith, Head of Development for Audi connect, Control and Display Systems at AUDI AG: “This repeated victory in four categories confirms our competence in the promising fields of digitalization and assistance systems.

The focus of our connection strategy is on increasing customer benefit in the areas of safety, comfort and efficiency.” Audi won in the Assistance Systems category with its adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist. In the Control Concepts/Displays category, Audi impressed voters with its MMI all-in-touch control system. Audi took top honors in the Sound Systems category with its Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound. And the Audi tablet rear seat entertainment put Audi in first place in the Entertainment/Multimedia category.

Participants in the “Car Connectivity Award 2016” reader survey selected their favorites in a total of eleven categories. This is the third time “CHIP” and “auto motor und sport” have presented the award. The award ceremony took place yesterday evening in Stuttgart.

Four wins for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award | Audi MediaCenter

In the photo above: Marcus Keith, Head of Development of Operating and Display Systems of AUDI AG, at the award ceremony „Car Connectivity Award 2016“.

 

Source: Audi

The Antenna play’s a vital role in the performance of wireless gateway’s installed in vehicles

To maximise the performance of vehicle wireless routers it is essential that you install the correct type of antenna.

The key points to consider are:

Mounting Position. A panel mounted antenna is always going to out perform any other type  of antenna but this is not allways practical to install in some vehicles so other options include internal antennas that fit on the vehicles windscreen or dashboard or magnetic mount antennas.

Examples:

GPSCOF-7-272458

Fits Internally.  Cellular, Wifi, GPS/GNSS Telematics Antenna. Fits securely on the windscreen or dash using acrylic adhesive. Very easy to install.

GPSCO
GPSD-7-27-2548
External panel/roof mount. GPS/GNSS, MiMo 4G/3G/2G & Optional MiMo 2.4/4.9-6GHz.
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MAR-W24-1-5SP

Mini Magnetic Mount Wifi Antenna (SMA).Wireless LAN 2400-2485 MHz

 

Network compatibility. Most IoT applications work on a combination of Cellular LTE, WiFi and other WLAN technologies like Bluetooth and Zigbee and LPWAN (LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, Sigfox) and GPS, GNSS for location. Wireless networks use a dedicated frequency range which the antenna needs to cover.

Cable. To optimise the antennas performace it’s best to minimise the length of cable used as long lenghths of cable can result in signal loss. It’s essential that any cable extenisons used are low loss RG58 coax for the cellular part of the router and double shielded dielectic coax which offers excellent performance up to 6GHz for the WiFi application on the router. Co-Star can manufacture RG58 cable extensions with any combination of connector and cable length. Click here for more information> 

Connectors. The most common connector used on wireless Gateway’s is the SMA series. A standard SMA male is normally used for the cellular application and a reverse polarity SMA male is used for the WiFi application. Some manufacturers of wireless devices do use alternative connectors, to help you choose the correct connector please click on the following  link co-star-connector-matrix.

Co-Star supply a huge range of Antennas and cable assemblies for IoT applications. Please visit our website for more information>

Souce: Co-Star

 

 

 

 

Vodafone Connects Skoda Kodiaq

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Vodafone is providing the integrated connectivity for the new Skoda Kodiaq car, launched last week. A specialised SIM card keeps the vehicle connected to the Vodafone network and allows the Skoda Connect service to provide the driver with a range of information including whether the car is locked, its location, remaining driving range and whether the car needs a service.

The technology also monitors the vehicle in real time, anywhere in Europe, and contacts Skoda’s emergency call centre in the event of an accident.

Vodafone director of IoT Erik Brenneis said “We’re delighted that Skoda, another major Volkswagen Group brand, has followed VW and Audi in partnering with Vodafone as its IoT communications provider. With over 40 million mobile devices, machines and vehicles connected to our network, we’re the IoT communication services industry.

Source: Vodafone

MiX Telematics introduces industry first connected asset solution

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MiX Telematics is introducing a unique, industry-first asset tracking solution for moveable assets.

MiX Tabs will provide customers with a highly effective solution to keep track of valuable assets including generators, light towers, storage tanks and pumps. This will allow for increased visibility of assets, resulting in improved asset utilization and reduced loss.

MiX Tabs leverages a unique and secure company network that is formed by connecting tagged assets to vehicles equipped with MiX’s on-board computers. A customer’s fleet reports the last-known location along with a date and time stamp of the tagged assets as they pass by.

Catherine Lewis, Executive Vice President of Technology at MiX Telematics explains: “These details are captured by our MiX Fleet Manager solution, which allows customers to view the whereabouts of assets as well as when the asset was last spotted. In addition, MiX’s reporting suite adds even further value, allowing reports to be generated from historic data to show when assets were moved from one location to another. This also helps ensure assets never go ‘missing’ and are always allocated to the correct cost center.”

Customers using MiX Tabs will have increased visibility of their assets and the necessary intelligence to ensure optimal utilization.

“MiX Tabs is an extremely innovative and cost-effective asset tracking solution. The self-powered beacons are wireless, easy to install and last for three years or more. As global leaders in the telematics industry, we have listened to our customers’ needs and provided an industry first solution that gives them more control and oversight. This is an exciting new addition to MiX’s broad product range, and we are looking forward to harnessing the power thereof to helping our customers become more efficient,” says Lewis

Source: MiX Telematics

An electrically powered, automated and fully interconnected van from Mercedes-Benz Vans revolutionises last-mile delivery services

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    Mercedes-Benz Vision Van – Exterior

    Mercedes-Benz Vision Van – Interior

    Mercedes-Benz Vision Van – Interior

    Van as an integrated concept in a completely digitally connected supply chain on the last mile of the delivery process

  • Fully automated cargo space, integrated delivery drones, unique communication between vehicle and its surroundings
  • Local emission-free and virtually silent delivery
  • Intelligence of a cutting-edge logistics centre integrated in a van
  • Integrated concept opens up new options for same-day and time-definite parcel delivery
  • Spectacular design provides an idea of future generations of vans
  • Efficiency gains in delivery operations of up to 50 percent

 

The Vision Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans is a revolutionary van study for the urban environment. As an integrated system, the vehicle merges a number of innovative technologies for last-mile delivery operations and thus sets the standard of performance requirements and solutions for future generations of vans.

The Vision Van evolved as part of the strategic future initiative adVANce. With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans is evolving from a mere van manufacturer into a supplier of holistic system solutions. The company is underscoring this strategy with the Vision Van as a visible manifestation of its innovative strength. The Vision Van boasts an unprecedented level of connectivity of information and technologies. It is the first van worldwide to serve as an integrated concept for a completely digitally connected process chain, from the goods distribution depot to the consignee.

The Vision Van features a fully automated cargo space, integrated drones for autonomous air deliveries and a state-of-the-art joystick control. Powered by a 75 kW electric drive system with a range of up to 270 km, deliveries with the Vision Van are locally emission-free. The electric drive system additionally guarantees that it will remain possible to operate the Vision Van in inner-city zones where the introduction of bans on vehicles with internal combustion engines is planned. The virtually silent electric drive system facilitates late deliveries in residential areas for the purposes of same-day delivery.

“With the Vision Van we are presenting the intelligent, clean and fully interconnected van of the future”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “The Vision Van integrates many concrete concepts for future delivery operations in the urban environment, such as a fully automatic cargo space, autonomously flying delivery drones and innovative communication features.”

Cloud-based control software meets optimum cargo hardware

The Vision Van merges numerous innovative technologies and serves as the central, intelligent element in a fully connected delivery chain. Innovative algorithms control order picking, the loading of packages, the fully automated cargo space management, route planning for the vehicle and the delivery drones. They also calculate ideal delivery routes for the package deliverer. Automatic order picking takes place at the logistics centre, for example, and consignments are loaded into special racking systems. Driverless handling vehicles load the racks by way of an automated one-shot loading process. The intelligent cargo space management system automatically transfers packages for manual delivery to the deliverer at the delivery destination by means of a package dispenser on board the vehicle. At the same time, the system supplies two drones, each with a payload capacity of two kilogrammes, with consignments for autonomous delivery within a radius of 10 km.

The combination of a cloud-based control software and optimum hardware yields substantial time and efficiency benefits and raises the quality and flexibility of delivery services in the urban environment to a new level. The delivery time per package and the vehicle’s curbside time are markedly reduced, for example. The vehicle also opens up new options for same-day and time-definite delivery. Convenience for the end customer is thus enhanced, and failed delivery attempts become an exception. One-shot loading, the automation technology in the cargo space and integration of the delivery drones all contribute to the described increases in efficiency. The technology also virtually rules out any false deliveries.

“With the Vision Van we are integrating the intelligence of a state-of-the-art logistics depot into a van”, Volker Mornhinweg points out. “We estimate that this vehicle would enable an increase in productivity of up to 50 percent in last-mile delivery services.”

Vehicle communicates with the driver and its surroundings

The futuristic design by Mercedes-Benz Vans provides a foretaste of future generations of vans. It fuses the vehicle’s intelligence, efficiency and connectivity in an unprecedented manner. The front design alone is enough to transport the beholder into the distant future. The face is defined by the extremely wide windscreen, which curves around to the sidewalls like a high-tech visor, the Black Panel radiator grille with integrated LED matrix via which the Vision Van communicates with its surroundings and the progressively designed LED headlamps. The sharp contours of these elements contrast with the vehicle’s smooth surfaces, engaging in a fascinating dialogue between passion/emotion and technology/functionality. The vehicle communicates with its surroundings via LED displays on the front and rear. Warnings appear when the delivery drones take off, when the vehicle stops or when the deliverer alights, for example.

Being pared down to a maximum level of functionality the interior design comes in a highly futuristic guise. The designers have done without a steering wheel, pedals and centre console in favour of drive-by-wire control by means of a joystick, thereby creating new design options. This results in a unique interior centring on intelligent communication between driver and vehicle. It has also been possible to move the driver’s seat further forward to enlarge the vehicle’s useful floor space.

The dashboard in the shape of a broadly sweeping arc is covered with a premium textile and extends across the entire front end. The entire surface of the arc is used to provide the driver with all the information he needs for his work. When the Vision Van is in stand-by mode, the arc appears as a continuous blue surface with a black colour gradient. When the vehicle is in operation, the arc lights up and shows a tachometer, route planning information and drone flight data, for example.

The vehicle also communicates with the driver via the cabin floor. By way of a special effect LED indicators shine in the stainless steel floor, signalling to the driver whether pedestrians or cyclists are approaching, for example. At the rear wall of the driver’s cabin are the package dispenser and the driver’s info terminal providing all the relevant information on the delivery process. This terminal serves as a means of communication between the Vision Van’s autonomously functioning system environment and the driver, who is able to concentrate fully on the manual delivery task at hand. It also performs the role of a central control unit to interlink the intelligent vehicle, the automated systems and the information relating to the delivery orders to be carried out.

At the same time, the interior concept also facilitates the driver’s work procedures. The omission of a steering wheel, pedals and centre console provides for freedom of movement in the driver’s cabin and ensures unimpeded entry into and exiting from the vehicle. The electric drive system does away with the need for a drive line, making it possible to provide the driver’s cab with a level floor. The on-board package dispenser spares the driver the time-consuming and strength-sapping task of searching for and resorting consignments in the cargo space. The driver is able to take receipt of packages at the dispenser in an ergonomically ideal position.

Please click here to see a video of the van in action> 

Source: Daimler

The World’s Largest Ship Stays Online With Peplink


Interview with Frontier Computer Corp, as aired on Dutch national TV. 

Allsea’s Pioneering Spirit

With gross tonnage measuring in at 403,342 GT and a lifting capacity of 48,000 tons, the Pioneering Spirit is by far world’s largest crane vessel. Its length measures 382 meters – same as the Empire State Building in height.

Equipped with such immense lifting power, it is set to take on the world’s most challenging lifting projects out in the seas. Recently the UK government approved the decommissioning of Shell’s 24,000 ton oil rig known as the Brent Delta. Located 115 miles off the coast in the North Sea, the environment is guaranteed to be harsh and the waves to be rough. Shell considered cutting the platform into small manageable blocks but with the Pioneering Spirit, it is now possible to carry out the operation with a single lift, keeping topside refurbishment costs economical.
Pioneering Spirit will considerably reduce the amount of offshore work associated with platform installation and decommissioning, shifting the work onshore where it is safer and more cost effective.”

Allseas Group.

The Need For Connectivity

With such a monumental task, coordination with head office during the operation becomes absolutely critical. Holland, who is responsible for implementing the on-board network, researched on how they could make use of as many available connections for their sea-going operations as possible. Budget was not a concern for them; they could have relied solely on VSAT and spend tens of thousands of dollars. However, their goal was reliability and flexibility; they wanted to have a diversity of ways to maintain a connection. They came across Peplink and understood that our products are designed specifically for these situations.

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Overview

Pioneering Spirit, the world’s largest ship needed a way to stay online at all times, whether it’s out in the ocean on a decommissioning project or moored by the shore. Having connectivity is crucial for the safety of the crew, amongst other things. So a solution where they can make use of all available connections is of paramount importance.

Industry

Maritime

Requirements

● Stay online at all times

● Reliability and flexibility

Solution

Pepwave MAX HD2 IP67

Peplink Balance 710

Peplink InControl 2

Benefits

● Flexibility to connect to anything from Wi-Fi to VSAT to cellular

● Staying online at all times because of the ability to prioritize and failover between all connections

● Capacity to provide further resilience with redundant SIM slots

● IP67 means the devices are able to withstand the elements out at sea

peplink pioneering spirit maritime connectivity solutionA Peplink Balance 710 forms the core and prioritizes its WAN connections as follows: Point-to-point Wi-Fi, 2x LTE/3G via MAX HD2 IP67, VSAT, and finally tethered data from an Iridium satellite phone. To maximize WAN diversity, one MAX HD2 IP67 is placed on each side of the vessel and are kept at over 300 meters apart to maximize the signal reception. This setup is designed to maintain a continuous connection, and is also configured to prioritize the most affordable WAN connections.

When the vessel is at shore, it will be connected to point-to-point Wi-Fi. When this becomes unavailable, it will fail-over to cellular network connections provided by the MAX HD2 IP67s. Once it leaves shore coverage, cellular networks will take over until they are out of reach of the cellular towers. At which point, VSAT takes over, with the Iridium satellite phone as an additional failover option.

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The Peplink Advantage

The Balance’s flexibility made network installation and management quick and easy.”

Remco van den Heuvel, SL2A Group. Peplink Partner.

While the main reason for choosing Peplink is because of the ability to prioritize WAN connections and failover between them, there were other considerations at play. InControl 2 for example, offers up convenient cloud-based remote access and monitoring and powerful GPS tracking features. While not yet in use, the redundant SIM slot on the MAX HD2 is also another factor, offering the flexibility that Holland and team have been looking for. The fact that the MAX HD2 has an IP rating of 67 means that it is dust tight as well as being able to withstand submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes – perfect for the harsh seas. Peplink’s agile and persistent support left an impression with Holland – making good products is just half the battle. Keeping customers reassured is an ongoing effort, one that we commit to every day.
Proudly presented by Peplink partner SL2A-ICT B.V.

With InControl 2, we were able to keep a close eye on the installation process. The remote web admin access feature was very useful for fine-tuning network configurations.”

Remco van den Heuvel, SL2A.

Source: Peplink/Frontier BV’s