John Glenn Airport installs wireless radios for LAN connectivity

6 April 2018 (Last Updated April 6th, 2018 15:21)

John Glenn Columbus International Airport in the US has installed Siklu’s mmWave radios to offer wireless connectivity for a remote building, as well as the airport runway, to provide local area network connectivity (LAN, internet, VOIP).

John Glenn Columbus International Airport in the US has installed Siklu’s mmWave radios to offer wireless connectivity for a remote building, as well as the airport runway, to provide local area network connectivity (LAN, internet, VOIP).

The airport was seeking a wireless network to link its shipping and receiving building, which is located half a mile across the runway. External couriers supply goods to the building every day.

John Glenn noted that the legacy wireless system was unable to deliver a strong, uninterrupted connectivity or the bandwidth to support the ever-changing needs of LAN and internet connectivity.

“It’s a very busy building and we needed reliable network connectivity to process shipments received or shipments going out.”

Columbus Regional Airport Authority Technical Services project manager Kristina Baker said: “There was no infrastructure to support a fibre connection so it would have been extremely costly and time-consuming to run a pathway for conduit and for the fibre, as well.

“It’s a very busy building and we needed reliable network connectivity to process shipments received or shipments going out.”

Convergint Technologies, which acted as the systems integrator for the project, proposed a Siklu mmWave wireless fibre solution. Two point-to-point EH-1200FX 70/80GHz Gigabit radios were installed to provide interference-free connectivity.

Using narrow beams, which are immune to heavy Wi-Fi signals within the airport, the radios can stream a number of different applications, such as HD and 4K video cameras, and other internet of things (IoT) sensors.

Siklu’s multi-gigabit radio systems were installed and tested in torrential rain but found to work perfectly without any deterioration in performance.

Currently, the airport is testing high-definition cameras on the Siklu mmWave network and is planning to add cameras to the network in the near future.