On July 29, Ondas Networks, a developer of private licensed wireless data networks for mission-critical industrial markets, and Massachusetts-based communications infrastructure provider Altaeros tested a wireless network using Altaeros’ SuperTower aerial cell tower and Ondas Networks’ FullMAX technology. Together, the companies established long-range, high-quality service over large geographic areas, providing a rapidly deployable and more reliable wireless network alternative to traditional tower assets.
Altaeros’ aerial cell tower uses a tethered aerostat platform, combined with automation and control software, to deploy radios and antennas elevated more than four times higher than traditional cell towers. The elevation allows network providers to efficiently cover substantially more area than traditional towers.
The companies tested the aerostat network using 700-MHz licensed radio frequencies and Ondas Networks’ IEEE 802.16s-compatible software-defined radio (SDR) platform, FullMAX. During testing, users were able to connect to the network at distances substantially greater than typical cell coverage, even across rugged New England terrain.
The ST200 is Altaeros’ largest and most capable autonomous aerostat platform to date. Building upon prior versions, proprietary automation and control software keep the aerial cell tower in place during changing weather and environmental conditions, ensuring a stable platform for the telecommunications equipment. Multiple tethers connect the aerostat to the ground and transmit power and data to the airborne equipment, which is key to increasing capacity more than all other aerial communication systems.
The team at Altaeros could not have made this effort any easier.Their level of professionalism and focus on safety exemplifies what it takes to bring new technology to market. We are proud to be able to offer a new set of network solutions to industrial markets. Mission-critical efforts that rely on long-range connectivity over diverse terrain, such as border protection with virtual walls, wireless perimeter security and other similar applications, will have a means to connect mission-critical IoT devices, such as sensors and controls, all while using less infrastructure.
Altaeros is eager to begin deploying SuperTower-based networks to meet the global demand for connectivity in both dense and remote locations using Ondas Networks’ highly reliable and extremely secure long-range wireless connectivity using fewer radios.
Ondas Networks develops private, licensed, wireless data networks for mission-critical industrial markets. Customers use the company’s SDR technology to deploy their own broadband wireless networks. The company also offers mission-critical entities the option of a managed network service. Ondas Networks’ SDR technology supports IEEE 802.16s, the new worldwide standard for private, licensed, wide-area industrial networks.
Altaeros focuses on developing and deploying infrastructure solutions. Its aerial cell tower uses an autonomous aerostat platform to permanently deploy high-speed mobile broadband and mission-critical IoT in rural markets at a fraction of the cost of alternatives. Altaeros is backed by Softbank, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Suhail Bahwan Group, Ratan N. Tata and others.
Joe Ryan is vice president of business development at Altaeros. Suresh Palliparambil is chief revenue officer of Ondas Networks.