Trimble to Strengthen Port and Harbors Wireless Network Coverage with New Industrial Wi-Fi Client

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC: Geospatial service provider, Trimble, has recently revealed the new Enterprise Client for Outdoor Networks (eCone) FCI-2700 at Port & Terminal Technology Conference and Exposition 2016. The rugged Wi-Fi client for industrial vehicles, eCone, incorporates latest 802.11ac wireless standard and helps extend the range of IEEE 802.11 wireless networks to provide better coverage.

Ports and harbors are dependent on wireless networks to track shipping containers and Trimble eCone is helping them with reliable tracking of the repository to improve truck turn times and overall port productivity. Furthermore, it improves wireless network reliability by allowing users to mount the wireless router outside the vehicle. Housed in a rugged, IP67-rated enclosure, eCone is backed by Ethernet directly from the vehicle's power either with 12V or 24V and connects to the vehicle using a single weatherproof Ethernet connection. It is easy to install and useful across large outdoor applications, including reach stackers, top loaders, RTGs, UTRs and terminal tractors. The Wi-Fi client is based on IEEE 802.11ac in the 5 GHz band, and supports legacy standards including 802.11a/b/g/n and 2.4 GHz. Moreover, it can provide on-vehicle wireless connectivity for multiple IP-enabled devices and comprise four internal antennas to support 2x2 Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) functionality across both 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands. "Our customers are looking for robust, scalable solutions that enable them to lower costs while improving the efficiency of their operations," says Joe Carey, Director, Fidelity Comtech Business Area, Trimble.

The new Wi-Fi client is equipped with an embedded Trimble Condor C1011 GPS module to monitor vehicles' location for wireless network mapping and enhanced troubleshooting. "We spent 10 months looking for a robust, industrial 5GHz client device. We evaluated a number of different devices and the Trimble eCone outperformed them all," says Jon Kelly, Director of Infrastructure, Maher Terminals.