Nation-wide networking
Issue: 
Remotely connect to, monitor and control industrial site equipment located in areas without fixed line infrastructure.
Solution: 

Use the flexibility of 3G to create a network connecting remote assets and equipment to a central network for live observation and control from any computer in real-time.

3G M2M Benefits:

  • Remote site equipment monitoring, diagnostics and configuration
  • Reduced field visits and decreased cost of operation
  • No fixed line ADSL or cable requirements
  • Observe and manage isolated assets in real-time over 3G networks
  • Continuous multi-level system monitoring for undisrupted communications
  • Simple setup and easy installation into existing enclosures
  • Flash memory for custom firmware
  • Advanced security over public cellular networks via VPN (IPSEC client, Open VPN, GRE)
  • Withstands extreme environmental and temperature conditions

SAGE Automation is Australia’s leading independent automation and control system integrator. The company designs, constructs, supports and improves industrial automation and control solutions for sectors spanning defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining and utilities. SAGE delivers certainty to its customers through the supply, integration and installation of turnkey solutions designed to enhance safety, efficiency and quality across a diverse range of operations.

With equipment spread across a number of geographically isolated client sites, and a team of almost three hundred employees working out of nine locations nationally, SAGE required a virtual private network (VPN) to remotely connect to, monitor and control site equipment while also providing multiple users with online access to a central network without the need for a fixed-line connection. Staff on the road also required access to company resources, databases, websites and other Local Area Network services from their laptop or smart phone.

“Over the years we have become known and trusted for our commitment to quality, responsibility and reliability. That’s why maintaining reliable undisrupted communications is crucial. The NTC-6908 continually stays online without dropping out and supports iPhone connections unlike the other brands we tried,”

said Alex Senior Project Engineer.

Alex Braslavskiy, Senior Project Engineer, SAGE Automation selected the NetComm Wireless NTC-6908 to create a wide-area network for the real-time observation and management of remote site equipment from the office. The NTC-6908 was set up as a PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) Server to establish a reliable and secure VPN connection to site equipment, staff and other assets.

“The NTC-6908 ticks all the boxes. Although we haven’t used it on site for a substantial amount of time, all the bench tests we conducted show very promising results. As well as being able to instantly respond to equipment irregularities from a computer at the office, or any location, we expect to save time and money on future projects through reduced technician visits, decreased maintenance costs and improved equipment management and control using 3G.” said Alex, Senior Project Engineer

Equipment installed in remote locations such as mining or military sites can be observed and managed from a central office over a 3G network using the point-to-point, or point-multi-point, capabilities of NetComm Wireless’ NTC-6908. The device also supports multi-level system monitoring to keep communication lines up and open in any conditions.

“Over the years we have become known and trusted for our commitment to quality, responsibility and reliability. That’s why maintaining reliable undisrupted communications is crucial. The NTC-6908 continually stays online without dropping out and supports iPhone connections unlike the other brands we tried,” said Alex, Senior Project Engineer.

“After trialling a number of products for simple user-friendly connectivity, I found other brands to be very unintuitive and difficult to understand and configure. For someone who is not a telecommunications expert, the NTC-6908 proved to be simple to use and install.”

The NTC-6908 can be used for the development and installation of custom applications, and can be tailored to suit individual requirements. The powerful device comes equipped with a generous amount of read-writable flash memory and DRAM; and is built into robust, yet compact, housing which can easily be integrated into existing enclosures, or mounted on a wall.

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