As a major entry point into countries across the world, seaports are one of the most preferred methods for transporting goods and cargo for international trade. Clothes, technology, cars and food are often brought in by the thousands through these access points, with the UK’s major ports alone handling 115.9 million tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2017 alone, as reported by the Department of Transport. As the main transport method for international trade, ports are a key component for a healthy economy and a critical contributor to the wellbeing of a nation.
Africa, if you don’t already know, is a Radio jungle. There is a lot of interference in terms of radio spectrum and we have been very busy developing solutions specifically for this market to help our users mitigate this interference. If you look at the 5GHz band, a lot of vendors will come, sell their product, crank up the power as much as possible and it becomes almost impossible for everybody else to operate. This, believe it or not, also happens with any legal bands – you as a customer pay for this band and you expect this spectrum to be clean. Unfortunately, it is not – even if there is a regulator, it is so difficult to enforce it. So, we have come out with what we call “beam forming technology” which mitigates the interference and improves performance by up to 30%. Another technology that we are rolling out and is targeted more for operators is the 1 gigabit per second point to point connectivity which is aimed at the big operators, either fixed or mobile, for backhauling.
While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed.
We now find ourselves steeped in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – an era that could potentially see every one of us humans, and every piece of machinery we use, seamlessly networked together. Every aspect of our lives, from our classroom experiences to our daily commute, is being digitised, as we move inexorably towards the smart city paradigm
How is InfiNet Wireless advancing smart cities technologies?
From our perspective and from a wireless perspective, our equipment is set to transmit a piece of data from point A to point B, wirelessly. It’s like a tube of information and the equipment is flexible enough to be capable of transmitting any source of data even combining any type in one pipe be it video, data, internet, intranet data, database, SCADA, telemetry or whatever it takes. The main characteristics are the speed and distance in which we can do it as well as how it withstands the interference and how it is being integrated into an existing or new infrastructure.