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.
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.