High Capacity Network for Salt Mining Operation in the Dead Sea

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Integrated with existing DragonWave Horizon Compact radio, Broadband Antenna Tracking System’s (BATS) BTS-5000 was successfully demonstrated to meet or exceed the customer’s requirements for bandwidth, low latency, distance and continuous tracking.

OVERVIEW
Seeks an effective communications tracking, stabilization, and optimization system with high bandwidth, ( up to 400 Mbps full duplex), and low latency that can cover distances of up to 25km+ for its tower to production barge connections.

Challenge
The customer’s objective is to maintain a high-speed wireless connection indefinitely; while in a fixed to mobile deployment, where the mobile target, (barge), can maintain a continuous high-capacity connection at speeds of less than 10 knots and at a distance of up to 30 kilometers.

Solution
Integrated with existing DragonWave Horizon Compact radio, Broadband Antenna Tracking System’s (BATS) BTS-5000 was successfully demonstrated to meet or exceed the customer’s requirements for bandwidth, low latency, distance and continuous tracking.

Background
A large salt mining company operating out of the Dead Sea approached Taldor, a leading Israeli IT & network solutions company, to assist them in finding a cost effective solution that could both provide the high-speed data capacity they now needed, as well as significant flexibility in mobility and distance that would prove critical to further production development.

After an extended research and qualification period, Taldor identified and recommended the BATS, for its BTS-5000 system, integrated with DragonWave’s Horizon Compact radio, utilizing an 8Ghz, 2 ft. parabolic antenna. Initial on-field calibration and testing began on October 19, 2012, at the clients Dead Sea production site.

The integrated BATS BTS-5000 system was mounted off mast on the production dredge 300 meters below sea level in the salt pools; where it would locate, lock, and maintain continuous connection to the partnering sector base station located back at a tower on land. This ship-to-shore tracking scenario allowed for the client to significantly boost their real-time operational range from their previous omni-directional system, to a realized high-capacity connection capable of reaching up to 30km with little to no network loss. This is done through the use of a narrow beamwidth, which relieves many of the issues traditional associated with operating a wireless network over water; most notably, wave reflection, humidity, and pressure.

This increase in network capability also provides the client the bandwidth to explore more strategic technological options such as advanced automation, VOIP, data acquisition, and security.

“We are excited to be providing organizations solutions that not only meet their bandwidth needs, but do so with the simplicity, mobility, and efficiency that our solutions offer.” said Phil Cramer, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing at BATS “When paired with the DragonWave Horizon Compact radio, our system delivers up to 400Mbps full-duplex, of real-world data that businesses need with the added mobility and durability features.”

BATS Technology

The BATS technology is agnostic as to frequency and broadband vendor radio equipment. The technology can automatically reposition the directional broadband antenna mounted on a vessel to maintain a wireless broadband network session. This unique tracking capability is an industry-first feature that allows moving vehicles to obtain real-time access to resources inherent to broadband communications. The BATS system allows for rapid deployment of wireless networks as well as the geographic extension of a current network for customers who have limited broadband access or rely on expensive, low-bandwidth satellite communications.

ABOUT BATS

Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) provides a proprietary software and hardware platform that locates, locks and tracks wireless broadband communication access points.Through the use of its industry-first automated tracking and stabilization platform, BATS enables organizations to rapidly deploy massive capacity (Gb+), uninterrupted, fixed or mobile wireless networks over long distances without skilled technical resources.

Every day- whether on the battlefield, oil field, or airfield, BATS’ technology is proven in some of the harshest environments on earth; providing organizations access to their critical communications.