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August 07, 2012

Redline Launches Innovative RAS Smart Antenna System for Nomadic Applications



By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor



Redline Communications (News - Alert), a provider of specialized broadband wireless solutions, has released its latest product, the RAS Smart Antenna System. 

RAS - which stands for Rapid Auto Steering—has been developed as the first wireless broadband networking system that can instantly locate, steer toward and connect to a network base station, automatically establishing a reliable high speed connectivity to and from roving assets, Redline clarified in a press release.

A member of Redline's RDL-3000 family of Virtual Fiber wireless broadband systems, RAS combines a unique antenna design with a newly engineered intelligent sensing system and can be integrated into the RDL-3000. By bringing a 360 degree field of view to the Redline RDL-3000 broadband wireless system, RAS helps extend the use of RDL-3000 systems to the nomadic applications. When equipped with RAS, the roving rigs, vehicles and other equipment will enjoy automatic, continuous and reliable wireless connectivity on the go, irrespective of the types of terrains or environments.

Thanks to its intelligent sensing features, RAS can automatically locate the closest base station, which might be many kilometers away, then use automatic beam forming and interference mitigation technology to establish and maintain wireless connections with speeds as fast as 100 Mbps, its maker explained.

Its solid state antenna was specifically developed to eliminate moving parts, enhancing its ability to withstand shock, extended periods of vibration and almost any weather condition.

The RAS system, which complies with all important connectivity standards,  is ideal for addressing the unique networking needs of applications used in the oil and gas, military, and utility sectors and supports multiple applications including single vehicle or rig, as well as real-time M2M communications, SCADA, high resolution video, Wi-Fi, telephony and backhaul services.

Unlike other mobile networking options that take significant time to set up and require specialized IT skills and training to operate, no special training is required to operate RAS, its maker added.

“We engineered RAS to be as simple to use as a mobile phone - you just turn it on and it works. This zero-touch operation is truly unique, allowing system users to focus on their work, not on setting up a network. Fully solid state with no moving parts, RAS not only instantly and automatically establishes the best possible connection, it auto-provisions itself, setting the appropriate security and quality of service (QoS) for myriad applications ranging from M2M to video, data and voice,” associate vice president of product management at Redline Communications, Leigh Chang explained in a statement.

RAS is currently available globally and already in use in oilfield operations around the world.

 

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
 
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