Best Wireless Network Implementation

Read and vote for the entries for the Best Wireless Network Implementation category in the Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2007.

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By  Network Middle East Published  March 19, 2007

Intro|~|wireless200a.jpg|~||~|Below are the three entries in the Best Wireless Network Implementation category, in this year’s Network Middle East Innovation Awards. This Award sets out to acknowledge the innovative and often pioneering work done in the field of wireless networking in the region. Wireless networks are now being deployed in environments ranging from heavy industrial sites to the highest levels of luxury hospitality - and is proving critical in all. The nominees are: • Bechtel Gas Plant, Asab, Abu DhabiBurj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai Mowasalat/Karwa, Qatar After reading all three entries, votes can be cast on the NME Awards website. Next >>||**||Bechtel Gas Plant, Asab, Abu Dhabi|~||~||~|Nominee: Bechtel Gas Plant, Asab, Abu Dhabi Project: Site-wide wireless infrastructure deployment Nominated by: USRobotics Bechtel wanted to provide network access to the management and staff members of the project with internet and intranet access from their residential camp. These camp areas are spread across three areas of 16,200 square metres each to a total area of 48,600 square metres. These areas are located half a kilometre from the administrative camp containing the IT and Network Operations Centre. There are nearly 175 caravans (living rooms) spread across these areas which needed to be connected to access the network resources. These caravans are of different size and shapes, and providing wired network access to each of these rooms across the site would have been very costly. Moreover, Bechtel’s most important challenge was to provide internet access to its guests on the same infrastructure without compromising the network security by preventing access to the intranet resources. The integrator, InterNetwork Technology, using USRobotics equipment, implemented a hybrid network of wireless coverage to the management and staff camps interconnected to the Network Operations Centre with optical fibre backbone. The USR 5453 Professional Access Points (PAP) is designed to be placed within the ring of 30 metre radius. These PAPs are grouped in eight to form one cluster and are interconnected with Category 6 standard Ethernet cables to the consolidation point. Optical Fibre backbone cables connect these consolidation points to the I.T. Network Operations Centre. The PAPs are powered by the USR 5446 Power Over Ethernet kits. USR 5483B High Gain 14dBi Panel Directional Antenna are used to cover fringe or dead spots for excellent signal reception. The network has been designed to meet the requirements of security standards and IT functionality of Bechtel. · Bechtel will experience management and administration of network in much simpler methods · Guest network access on the wireless interface without compromising the security of the network. · Extended network coverage over the large areas is expected to be a “dream come true” with USRobotics by InterNetwork Technology. Adel Arteen, network administrator IS&T for Bechtel, comments: “The design is excellent especially since it covers the three areas fully and allows up to 100 users to use the Wi-Fi network at the same time. “This kind of design and equipments give an opportunity for employees and visitors to be connected to the internet and Bechtel’s intranet during almost all the off-work hours. “This is very important to the users because they need to complete work from their homes due to the time difference between Abu Dhabi and home office. “For other users, this design helps them stay in touch with family and friends through personal e-mails and chats or sometimes even using voice over internet.” << Back Next >> Click here to vote||**||Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai|~||~||~|Nominee: Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai Project: Data/voice over Wi-Fi across hotel site Nominated by: EMW The luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel implemented a Trapeze Smart Mobility Solution in two phases. In phase one, more than 80 Access Point from Trapeze Smart Mobility Solution. In addition to Wi-Fi phones, internet access, guest access with IP TV streaming over wireless for their mobile station, the hotel also implemented GSM synchronisation. In the phase two the hotel will upgrade its network with 500 access points to extend coverage. The business requirement behind this project was unified access for the staff regardless of the media wire; the staff needed to be able to work seamlessly anywhere in the building, maintaining connectivity when moving within the premises. Guests and employees share the same wireless infrastructure, but every group retains the access and permissions assigned to them, ensuring the security by keeping visitor traffic separate from employee traffic. Instead of being treated as guests, employees using the wireless networks will have the same rights, permission and privileges as on the wired office network. The project started in December 2006 and was completed in January 2007. Infrastructure implementation was done on night shifts based on the occupancy status of hotel rooms, as well as restaurants and public areas. The planning was done so that it would not interrupt day to day business of the hotel. The hotel had launched new services, which meant its IT staff needed additional training, alongside offering help and assistance for all concerned employees to allow them to get the maximum benefit from the new wireless infrastructure. The implementation process to install the wireless infrastructure faced a challenge; in the most luxurious hotel in the world, the VIP guests could not see that there was any work going on around them. The newly-implemented Trapeze Smart Mobility Solution fitted very well within the existing IT infrastructure, thanks to complete integration with the existing Avaya IP Telephony system, as well as offering full compatibility with the Foundry Networks security systems and the other hotel applications. Providing new services like internet access anywhere within the premises, increase guest satisfaction, as well as cost reduction compared to GSM in locating the hotel staff on the move. The Burj Al Arab is leading the way in high-tech hospitality, demonstrating ease of implementation, minimum disruption to the guests, and minimum disruption to the business. Future plans will include the expansion in the existing wireless system to cover new areas and to have almost 450 to 500 access points, introduce RFID and guest order automation. Jumeirah Group has more than 10,000 employees, the size of IT department in the Burj Al Arab is seven. The existing IT infrastructure included Trapeze Wireless, Avaya IP Telephony & Avaya, Juniper Security and Foundry Networks. The recent IT projects include upgrading the LAN infrastructure site telephony integration. << Back Next >> Click here to vote||**||Mowasalat/Karwa, Qatar|~||~||~|Nominee: Mowasalat/Karwa, Qatar Project: Country-wide TETRA radio network Nominated by: Motorola The Transport Company, Mowasalat, also known as ‘Karwa’ in Qatar, is the country’s leading provider of taxi, limousine and public and private bus services. The company, which has 2,000 taxis, 400 limousines, and over 1,000 buses, offers a wide range of transport solutions, including taxis, airport taxis, limousine hire, public bus services, school buses, and bus and coach leasing. To meet growing demand for transport across Qatar, the company has significantly enlarged its fleet of vehicles, but this in turn created a demand for a more powerful voice communications system than the existing GSM and GPS-based solution, and for the addition of data-based communications services. In order to control and monitor the Mowasalat fleet while it is on the road, the company was looking for a communications system that would include terminals that were designed for in-vehicle operation, with features such as hands-free operation and vibration tolerance and a wide range of mounting kits, antenna and installation options. The company also wanted a solution that would support both voice communications and data communications, with support for GPS, so that the company could monitor vehicles on the road and integrate communications with dispatch and control software on the back end. The system needed to be in place to help deal with the massive increase in customer demand predicted for the 2006 Asian Games, held in Doha in December. From an initial group of vendors, Mowasalat selected Motorola’s TETRA radio solutions, using Qatar Telecommunications’ (QTel) TETRA network. Motorola’s MTM 800 and MTH 800 TETRA terminals, with car kits and dashboard mounts were chosen for the company’s taxis, limousines and buses. Although the initial outlay for the TETRA solution is more expensive than a GSM-based solution, the operating costs proved to be much lower, and TETRA also offers more potential solutions and expandability in the future. Deployment of the advanced communication solution began in November 2006. Mowasalat carried out the installation and commissioning, while Motorola partnered with Omnix to supply the units and supervise their programming by QTel. Installation in the wide range of vehicles that make up the Mowasalat fleet, and the different requirements for each vehicle proved to be time-consuming, as did programming of terminals, but once initial problems had been overcome, the process went smoothly. Mowasalat also had some concerns about GPS signal reception and using the right antenna, but this issue was eventually resolved with Motorola. Thanks to an intensive initial deployment phase, Mowasalat was able to meet its targets for deployment well ahead of the Games, and was able to benefit from the enhanced communications to improve services during the games. The project is on course for full completion by March 2007. In the next stage of the deployment, Mowasalat intends to integrate its fleet management solution with the GPS features of the Motorola TETRA radios, giving the company real-time access to all units, all the time, enabling swift planning and co-ordination. << Back Click here to vote||**||

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