The company started as a spinout of a semiconductor company producing radio frequency chips, some of which are embedded in its current products. “We were implementing Ethernet connections from the days when RS 232 was widely used, so we consider ourselves pioneers on the subject when it comes to industrial Ethernet traffic,” adds Nelson. Originally founded in Silicon Valley but now headquartered in Huntsville, AL, AvaLAN, provides a host of wireless communication applications, which includes IP video surveillance, smart-grid, digital signage, remote access control, and industrial automation. AvaLAN primarily works as an OEM for most of its clients along with providing full turnkey packaged solutions to some of its customers.
The company fine-tunes its solution as per client’s requirements in terms of throughput and distance. On the high-end, AvaLAN provides 5.8 GHz bandwidth connections for its IP video surveillance solutions while, on the lower end, it deploys 900 MHz bandwidth for remote sensors. The expertise possessed by AvaLAN has helped the company think at the design level while developing unique solutions to address the customer’s shortcomings.
AvaLAN works with industrial customers that need secure and reliable cellular M2M solutions. Throughout the past five years, AvaLAN’s customers have been deploying cellular technology for kiosks, remote monitoring, remote automation and remote security applications. Cellular service is a critical component to every cellular M2M solution.In an effort to ease the service component, AvaLAN offers pre-provisioning of their solutions for their customers.
Nelson delineates, “We control our own platform all the way down to the chip level by using our own baseband hardware, firmware, protocols, and software.” Self-controlled protocols combined with government certified encryption makes AvaLAN’s technology more reliable than standard Ethernet. Through Ethernet packet manipulation, the company ensures a certain level of packet delivery every instance, based on customer requirements. Nelson asserts, “As a company, we are ahead of the prevalent technology as we use a multi–layered security system.” This level of expertise and specificity in terms of design keeps AvaLAN ahead of its competition and keeps clients satisfied.
When retail giants made the news after their customers’ information was compromised, a major retailer approached AvaLAN to evaluate their existing security. “Our client voiced concerns about protecting critical customer information stored in their mobile POS systems,” says Nelson. To meet that need, AvaLAN designed the initial layout and tweaked the validation and device certification to improve integrity. “By adding some of our encryption technologies, along with VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) integration, we made it compliant with PCI 3.0 standard making it secure,” explains Nelson.
We control our own platform all the way down to the chip level by using our own baseband hardware, firmware, protocols, and software
Today, companies are looking for newer and better ways to secure their network, be it protocol, cryptography, or interfacing in their M2M communication systems. “We continue to innovate to meet our client needs and continue to push the existing boundaries of M2M technology,” concludes Nelson.