Networking pair unite

Solutions from US Robotics and Cisco used at Gasco site

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

Separate Cisco and USRobotics networks are to be installed on the site of Gasco’s Asab Gas Plant during a 30-month US$1.2 billion gas exploration project by Bechtel.

The gas giant, which is part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has contracted engineering firm Bechtel to build a new gas plant on the site which is situated around 200km from Abu Dhabi. A USRobotics network will serve the needs of thousands of workers living temporarily on the site over the 30 month duration of the project while a Cisco network will be used to connect the site office of Bechtel to its head office in the US.

Hishamul Hasheel, technical sales manager for USRobotics in the region, says the project involves deploying a network that would cover an area of around 48,600 square metres in harsh environmental conditions. “Inside the desert area there are a lot of outdoor environment factors, like the temperature, humidity, and sandstorms that affect the ruggedness and stability of the wireless network,” he said. “In this case the challenge is to provide an optimal coverage and signal strength and also manageability from one single window from the network operations centre.”

USRobotics, alongside its value added reseller InterNetwork Technology, has deployed wireless outdoor bridging and access points designed to resist the effects of high temperatures.

The firm used the USRobotics professional access point 5453 — a multi function access point which acts as a bridge to connect different areas and a repeater to boost the signal from one end of the network area to the other.

Meanwhile, the Cisco network providing connectivity for the Bechtel site office is already complete and provides a valuable link between engineers on the Gasco site and its US head office.

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