ELAN Services & Capabilities
ELAN Technologies is a full service industrial wireless
Computer Path Analysis incorporating the latest
analysis techniques and tools available for RF design. These software
tools incorporate Langley Rice models with overlays in Google
Earth. These include NASA terrain data incorporating trees and
buildings, as well USGS data. This type of modeling provides accurate
representation of expected RF coverage, including line of site,
signal strength and unexpected anomalies. This type of visualization
and data analysis is performed before a field survey takes place.
Microwave link line of site connectivity
picture above shows line of site connectivity for a microwave link
connecting two water treatment plants. Movies or tours of the end
point telemetry links can be viewed, along with enhanced terrain
image below describes a signal strength map, showing expected received
signal strength, for specific antenna heights, frequency and power.
Signal strength map
Field Radio Path Surveys
main reason for success and failure in a wireless project is the
experience of the firm performing field radio surveys, which are
typically completed during peak foliage. The firm’s tried and proven field techniques and suggestions
are invaluable, in the early stages of a wireless implementation.
It is important to have a strong knowledge of real world applications,
and their successful implementation, to draw from. It is also valuable
to have a broad depth of industrial radio solutions that fit in
properly with the equipment being interfaced with. For example,
ELAN includes the PLC data telemetry as part of our field surveys
for use in SCADA Systems.
The recent roll out of Municipal WIFI systems have slowed, as the
providers of these systems did not adequately plan and perform
necessary upfront design work. The number of Access Points
as described on computer simulations, and subsequently quoted
to a municipality, were not close to what was required in
the network build. Field radio surveys would have avoided this
extremely expensive design flaw, and subsequent waste of time and
money for the municipality. Manufacturer's specifications
error on the side of making their product look as robust and state
of the art as possible, mostly for competitive reasons. There
are many advanced wireless products being designed and manufactured,
however, even the very best rarely live up to their specifications.
For ELAN design-build systems, large blocks of time are spent on
field radio surveys during the initial design, as well as through
out the implementation and build process. Our engineers are familiar
with many RF products and systems, and know what to look for during
build out. The wireless industry is advancing at a rapid pace
with great technological achievement; however this pace requires
a well thought out implementation process, and the selection of
your wireless system integrator is the most important part of
starts up and commissions a industrial radio network as part of
every project. Start-up consist of “bringing sites on-line”;
reviewing communications over several days; and working out any
timing issues with the equipment the radios may be interfaced
to. This work becomes more involved for industrial Ethernet networks,
as transporting SCADA/video systems/computers and mobile
data over the Ethernet framework can be complex. Start-up includes
coordination with other wireless systems, as well as documenting
those results as part of a finished system.
Products include spread spectrum, licensed radio system,
wireless Ethernet, mobile data, and fixed SCADA. The MDS
product line is advanced and continuously being improved.
MDS is the leading long term industrial provider of robust
industrial grade wireless equipment. The company has ISO
certification for its manufacturing facility in Rochester
New York, and is currently expanding its facilities.
Utilinet is a robust wireless mesh network used for SCADA and
Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). Systems have been deployed in
the largest remote site listings in the SCADA and automation
industries. UtiliNet has unique advantages in its operation
and use, which lend it to specific industrial automation applications.
EDACS Trunked Radio Systems are desired for large scale voice
and data systems. These are typically county wide, state
wide or country wide systems. Systems are typically used
in the Public Safety arena, however, many have been deployed
for data telemetry and SCADA for large utility customers,
where service areas incorporate large geographic areas. ELAN
provides packaged telemetry solutions incorporating the RDI
protocol for movement of data in EDACS systems.
Phoenix Contact is known for its commitment to
the automation industry, and has been developing a well-rounded
product line, that differentiates itself in the industrial
wireless industry. Typical unique product applications include
industrial WIFI for robust outdoor use, MESH
Networks, and advanced cellular technologies with web
ELAN Technologies is continuously looking to develop long term relationships
with manufacturers we can count on to serve our business objectives,
as well as our end customers data communication needs for many
years. We have systems in place with the above manufacturers,
some of which are close to fourteen years of continuous operation.
ELAN values our wireless partners as we strive for continuous
Wireless Security and Video
wireless security solutions are designed to provide solid structure
with all kinds of applications. Implementation of Security &
Surveillance solutions via wireless secured communication lines
makes deployment easier and faster. Wireless Security solutions
with industrial quality products provide the least expensive and
most protected (optional AES encryption) wireless network for surveillance
data. QoS and VLAN support allows your security data to experience
no delay or jitter even if you have other data streams transported
via the same network. ELAN combines remote site SCADA and Video/VOIP
over one industrial network. See our case studies for real world
Wireless Broadband Backhaul solution means high speed Ethernet Wireless
broadband link between two locations, such as buildings or towers.
ELAN provides these for the municipal campus setting, including
public works and public safety infrastructure. Once broadband links
are in place over Ethernet communications, the applications for
sharing valuable data between facilities, including mobile data,
are limitless. Contact ELAN Technologies for more information.
contact ELAN Technologies
for more information.