Fidelity Comtech Inc. (FCI), a developer of extended wireless solutions for the port, rail, and auto processing industries, offers a new product that extends wireless coverage for vehicle-mounted computer tablets for workers in container yards. The Magnetic Mount Client Bridge (MMCB, model FCI-2600) is designed to provide vehicular access on any IEEE 802.11 wireless network. The MMCB allows multiple IP-networked devices on a vehicle to share a single wireless connection, while simultaneously improving the performance and reliability of the wireless link.
Oftentimes, port operators have attempted to use either a PCMCIA wireless card or the wireless card internal to their vehicle-mounted computers, but the steel of the vehicle cab obstructs the RF signal and reduces network performance. Furthermore, that approach involves using fragile pigtail connectors, which are a constant source of reliability problems. By putting the entire wireless router along with the antennas in a robust, weatherproof enclosure outside the vehicle, the MMCB improves network reliability, the company says.
The interface to the MMCB is a single ethernet connection and the unit is powered directly from vehicle power – either 12V or 24V. The MMCB also includes an embedded GPS device, which enables port operators to monitor the location of their vehicles as they move throughout the yard and map the wireless coverage.
Company: Fidelity Comtech Inc.
Company URL: www.fidelity-comtech.com