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Infrax introduces new solar power option for wireless communications line

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, April 15, 2011

Officials from Infrax Systems, a smart grid technologies developer, recently announced the company has created a new solar power option for its UMAX products, which provide wireless communications.

The new option provides utility companies with the increased flexibility to modernize their substation communication infrastructure. Through the use of solar power, the UMAX line now has a redundant supply of power, which can provide up to 70 hours of uninterrupted service to the UMAX units. The solar power units utilize photovoltaic panels, a charged controller and advanced batteries to operate. The units can still plug into traditional power sources as well.

"The Utility Max (UMAX) Product Family is an extremely cost effective wireless solution for Utilities and Telcos who are looking to either set up a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint Ethernet links," said Paul Aiello, CEO of Infrax Systems. "The UMAX+ uses an adjunct box that is connected to the UMAX radio over an Ethernet link to provide T1/E1s at the remote locations. Due to the advanced implementation of both, Frequency Division Duplex and Time Division Duplex in the wireless domain the UMAX products can operate on a single channel and do not need a guard band between the transmit and receive signals."

The new solar power option is able to provide 48 volts of consistent, uninterrupted power at either 15 or 30 watts, according to officials. Furthermore, the solar systems can effectively power wireless broadband base stations to deploy networks that will enable utilities to remotely access substation devices from the enterprise.

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