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Asia Airfreight Terminal Enhances Operational Efficiency with CommScope's RUCKUS Solutions

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 Asia Airfreight Terminal Enhances Operational Efficiency with CommScope's RUCKUS Solutions - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Warehouse Control Systems (WCS)
  • Robots - Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV)
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Glass
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
  • Picking, Sorting & Positioning
Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), a leading cargo handling company based out of Hong Kong International Airport, was facing challenges with its Wi-Fi network, which was critical for the functioning of its automated Material Handling System (MHS) within the warehouse. Any interference or lost signals could directly impact their operational efficiency. AAT also had separate networks for their office and CCTV cameras, which made the job of their data center challenging. The company was in search of a Wi-Fi network configuration that could streamline their networks and reduce its network management workload. AAT was already running on equipment from a competing vendor, and the new solution needed to prove its worth in scalability and reliability.
The Customer

Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT)

About The Customer
Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) is a leading cargo handling company based out of Hong Kong International Airport. The company handles cargo from the world’s leading airlines and prides itself on having state-of-the-art facilities and IT capabilities. Wi-Fi is mission-critical for AAT as they depend on it for the functioning of an automated Material Handling System (MHS) within the warehouse. The company also has separate networks for their office and CCTV cameras, which are managed by their data center. AAT was already running on equipment from a competing vendor and was in search of a Wi-Fi network configuration that could streamline their networks and reduce its network management workload.
The Solution
AAT found the solution to their challenges with CommScope and its RUCKUS family of solutions. CommScope set up a six-month proof of concept (POC) using three RUCKUS T310 outdoor access points (APs) with Mesh technology. The Mesh technology offered a reliable configuration that overcame the cabling difficulties for the environment. Network traffic within a Mesh travels through wireless links to other APs until it reaches one directly connected to the wired network. This setup minimized interference and noise while optimizing network performance. Following the success of the POC, AAT deployed RUCKUS indoor and outdoor APs for their MHS. CommScope also demonstrated its capabilities in other networking areas, such as the office network and the CCTV system. They installed RUCKUS ICX 7150 switches to handle the office network traffic and showed that the current Wi-Fi Mesh configuration could handle CCTV system real-time feed without challenges.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of CommScope's RUCKUS solutions significantly improved AAT's operational efficiency. The Mesh technology minimized interference and noise while optimizing network performance, thereby increasing operational reliability and eliminating unplanned stoppages due to network outages or interference. The successful integration of the office network and the CCTV system into a single network allowed for better control and eased network setup and management. The RUCKUS ICX 7150 switches enhanced security, minimized troubleshooting, and simplified potential future upgrades to the network. CommScope's single pane of glass approach to managing allowed the data center team to transparently view the entire network architecture, thereby reducing their workload.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Dramatic improvements in network performance
  • Ability to handle peak loads easily
  • Lowered cost of ownership due to high performance to cost ratio of RUCKUS APs

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