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Deployment IT01

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Use Case

One of the largest freight railroads in North America operates large billing and processing center. Legacy WiFi network had large areas at center with poor or no coverage preventing employees’ devices from connecting to network in critical areas. In many cases this forced employees to scan data and walk or drive to areas where their devices would connect to the legacy WiFi network. Delays, low productivity were result of large gaps in coverage.

Main Challenges

Large critical coverage area versus ROI. Parked and moving freight trains often equipped with double-stacked freight cars. LOS, and severe multi-path resulting from interaction of the WiFi signal with the freight cars.

Our Solution

Two Apogees operating in dual band. Installed opposite each other at approximately 50’ above ground with 11° of down tilt. Each Apogee was optimized with two activated antennas each proving a 180° beamwidth. Hybrid polarization was turned on in each Apogee and combined with the Apogee’s asymmetrical gain completely eliminated the large coverage holes plaguing the facility.

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Deployment IT02

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Use Case

One of the largest freight railroads in North America operates a large cargo tracking and train maintenance facility in the southern US. Facility employees use custom handheld devices to scan/track cargo and process freight cars in preparation for scheduled maintenance.

Main Challenges

Large critical coverage area and limited equipment location/mounting options. Range and distance from one AP location was resulting in a coverage hole almost 1,000’ long causing facility employees to walk or drive to a proximity where their handheld devices would connect to the legacy WiFi network and upload their data.

Our Solution

A single Apogee was connected to the existing AP, replacing a directional antenna. The Apogee array’s single activated antenna’s 9db of passive transmit gain spread over a 90° beam width improved down link range to 1,200’ and the Apogee array’s asymmetrical receive gain enabled the handheld devices to reliably connect to the network and upload their data.

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Deployment IT03

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Use Case

One of the largest freight railroads in North America serves large stone quarry located in SW US. Four sets of tracks enable loaded freight cars to be reconfigured into multiple trains to serve various destinations. Railroad employees use custom handheld devices to catalog freight cars in preparation for reconfiguration.

Main Challenges

Limited equipment location options, distance, and some multi-path due to RF interacting with freight trains both fixed and moving.

Our Solution

Single location at railyard site equipped with Apogee (and AP) now provides stream-quality signal to entire intended coverage area, totally replacing dependence on cellular. Custom, WiFi-enabled devices reliably connect to the wireless LAN at distance of 1,200’ from AP using both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.

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Apogee Quick Answers

Aura Wireless develops and manufactures technology that transforms how large scale license-free networks are designed, deployed, & maintained.

Apogee is a software-defined, cloud-controlled antenna array offering 4 distinct 90° antennas in a single cylindrical housing.  Apogee transforms enterprise operations by increasing the coverage capacity of a WiFi deployment up to 1000%, while reducing infrastructure costs and mesh links up to 80%. 

Apogee is ideal for any large-scale indoor or outdoor wireless deployment where traditional WiFi is costly and inadequate.  This includes (but is not limited to) distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, big box retail locations, agricultural operations, transportation depots, ports, event venues, and municipal deployments.

No.  Apogee is an array of four 90° antennas that connects to any FCC-certified AP equipped with external RF ports.

An array is a set of connected antennas. Apogee is an array of 4 antennas. The 4 antennas in Apogee’s array can be configured to operate independently or in any combination with each other.

Each coverage area is unique. Conditions like terrain, foliage, man-made structures, and the types of remote devices in use will impact the area over which Apogee will propagate a robust, reliable signal. Depending on the coverage venue, one Apogee WiFi can cover 12 – 40 acres (each antenna within the 4-antenna array can cover 3-10 acres). A good planning number is 20 acres per Apogee (5 acres for each of the 4 antennas inside).

Traditional legacy antennas feature symmetrical gain. The transmit gain and receive gain (from a device back to the AP) of those antennas are identical. Apogee features groundbreaking asymmetrical gain. The Apogee array’s transmit gain is 9 dbi, while the receive gain increases by an incredible 24 dbi  and remains fully compliant with FCC Part 15 power restrictions. 

Apogees are configured in the Cloud using a patent-pending antenna managing platform, Apogee Manager. All aspects of Apogees configuration and optimization happen remotely, without ever having to roll a truck.

Apogee Manager is a proprietary, secure, multi-tenant Cloud hosted by Aura Wireless that can be accessed via a PC, tablet, or smartphone.  All aspects of Apogee’s configuration and optimization happens remotely in Apogee Manager. Use this proprietary platform to configure your Apogee as a panel, sector, or omni-directional unit, and assign ports, polarity bands, and bands to it with ease.

The Apogee array originates all sessions to the Apogee Manager cloud.  As soon as Apogee is powered it initiates a session by building a tunnel to Apogee Manager.  Apogee needs to connect to Apogee Manager only for configuration and optimization.  Apogee does not require connection to Apogee Manager for normal operation.

Yes.  Apogee supports 802.11ax and is also backward compatible to 802.11ac and 802.11n.

No, not without severe performance degradation due to the APs interfering with each other. Aura does not support connecting 2 APs to a single Apogee.

Apogee neither increases nor decreases concurrent sessions. Apogee is designed to operate strictly on the RF layer. Its function is to vastly improve the range and signal-to-noise ratio of any AP connected to it. The number of concurrent sessions is determined by the AP.

Yes, to the extent that the connected APs do. It should be noted here that because Apogee WiFi ensures connections between remote devices and APs up to 1,000 feet, the need for and number of meshes in the wireless LAN will be reduced significantly.

Apogee features 4 external SMA female RF ports. Those 4 external ports connect to up to 4 external AP ports.  For each AP required for a deployment, Aura will build custom LMR240 cables that are terminated with the appropriate connector type and include them in your order. The 4 external Apogee ports can be expanded to connect with up to 8 AP ports (from 1 AP) through Aura Wireless’ proprietary diplexers.

Apogee is a PoE device that supports PoE and PoE+ through a switch or UPS.  PoE injectors are not supported by Apogee due to the wide variation in how PoE injectors supply power to a device.  Customers can attempt to power an Apogee using a PoE injector, but we do not recommend this.

Apogee has no throughput limitations. The throughput of an Apogee array is determined by the connected AP’s throughput, AP channel size and the internet connection.

Yes!  Apogee is very effective in large indoor venues like distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities.  Apogee’s asymmetrical gain and hybrid polarization settings significantly improve wireless connectivity between the AP and low-power IoT devices.

No.  The customized predictive RF modeling tool we use is the only one that will reflect the asymmetrical gain achieved with Apogee. Results from any other tool will inaccurately indicate the requirement of more infrastructure than is actually needed to achieve the desired coverage.

The Apogee platform is patent-pending.