Ausgrid used a simplex radio channel via the New South Wales Government Radio Network (NSWGRN) to maintain open communications between the maintenance staff deployed at various checkpoints and teams working deeper within the tunnel. But this method had major drawbacks and limitations.
Ausgrid, an electrical provider in Australia, began an ambitious $800 million upgrade project.
Ausgrid contacted CommScope to develop and deploy a more efficient communications strategy.
The Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions team recommended additional coverage supplied by the ION-M® intelligent optical network—a radio over-fiber, wide-band, technology-agnostic repeater platform.
The platform re-broadcasts NSWGRN signals from dedicated base stations located at two of Ausgrid’s substations. ION-M also enables Wi-Fi access within the tunnel, offering Ausgrid an entirely new suite of communication and efficiency opportunities.
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