A temporary Naval Base is using a microwave link to ‘beam’ excess internet traffic across the Thames in London from its base near Tower Bridge, to a location close to London Bridge. The link, installed by Wifinity and Fluidata, had to be installed in four days, to provide additional internet access to the extra troops deployed to securing the Olympics. Data crosses the Thames both ways via microwave line-of-sight technology, and once it hits the receiver on the south side of the river, it is routed through a fibre connection in Fluidata’s offices near London Bridge.
“We had to find an effective solution that we could set up in four days,” said Piers Daniell, MD of Fluidata. “It’s lucky that we have a clear line of sight from our office near London Bridge to the receiver at the Naval Base near Tower Bridge, so we can provide a secure fibre connection to and from our office, and use microwave technology to cross the river.”
Wifinity is the largest supplier of recreational Internet to military locations in the UK and Germany, and a customer of Fluidata, so is experienced in setting up secure connections in often remote, temporary or unusual locations.
Mark Parry, Joint Managing Director, Wifinity, says: “Because we work with the forces regularly, we’re used to thinking round problems to come up with a secure connection at short notice. In this case, microwave line-of–sight technology was the obvious answer to cross the river, and Fluidata has been incredibly helpful in running connection through the fibre in its own office.”
For more information on Wifinity see www.wifinity.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ; and for more information on Fluidata, see www.fluidata.co.uk
An image is available (of the receiver with the River Thames and Tower Bridge in the background) at https://www.dropbox.com/s/w9xxkxgg7a261z3/DSC01992.JPG?m.
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