When the chips are down
Issue: 
Provide access to centralised applications from remote forestry facilities with no ADSL connection
Solution: 

Telstra’s Next G™ network and Telstra Turbo™ Gateway

3G M2M Benefits:

  • Faster data speeds
  • Improved portability
  • Instant connectivity
  • Flexible Internet

WA Plantation Resources (WAPRES) is a major player in the Australian woodfibre industry. Based in Western Australia, the company exports around one million tonnes of woodchips to Japan every year and manages thousands of hectares of sustainable bluegum plantations across the south-west of the state.

The WAPRES operations are spread across a wide geographic area and include seed orchards, nurseries, managed plantations, woodchipping facilities and port operations. Naturally, not all of these locations are serviced by a landline capable of offering broadband Internet connectivity.

The difficulty for WAPRES staff at some of the remote facilities was that they needed to access secure centralised applications hosted from the main office in Bunbury. With no ADSL line available, the only solution was to use ISDN infrastructure. This offered some degree of functionality, but was not ideal for the sort of data throughput required.

WAPRES installed one of the Gateways at its nursery facility in Manjimup. Staff there use the Gateways to connect to Telstra’s IPWAN service, providing them with a secure network on which to interface with the firm’s business applications. Even though the nursery is right at the edge of network coverage, the speeds obtained by the Gateways still dramatically out-performs the old ISDN solution.

A better answer arrived in the form of the Telstra Turbo™ Gateway. This device turns a single 3G wireless broadband service into a WiFi and Ethernet hotspot, allowing users to share their connection. Since it utilises the extensive Telstra Next G™ network, remote locations are less of a challenge and with typical download speeds of up to 3 Mbps, the performance can be equivalent to ADSL.

WAPRES installed one of the Gateways at its nursery facility in Manjimup. Staff there use the Gateways to connect to Telstra’s IPWAN service, providing them with a secure network on which to interface with the firm’s business applications. Even though the nursery is right at the edge of network coverage, the speeds obtained by the Gateways still dramatically out-performs the old ISDN solution.

Other remote locations operated by the company also had positive experiences with the Gateways and WAPRES is considering further deployment of the devices.