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Remote 4G Cellular Mobile Security Tower

Adey Electronics - Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Tasked with managing and monitoring remote and vulnerable sites globally, Quatro Electronics turned to Adey Electronics, a value added reseller/distributor of data communications products, and B&B Electronics to help develop a high reliability Cellular 4G/LTE communication and monitoring solution. The high speed, IP-based mobile security tower, designated the Quatro SmartTower, provides customers with reassurance and confidence that their valuable assets are safe.

A robust and cost effective alternative to manned guards, the powerful video verified alarm technology required a new communications solution to ensure the remote tower's transmissions were always on, to signal remote alarm conditions, provide monitoring and notification services to the control centre and offer access to the latest high speed cellular infrastructures. The communication system also required self-monitoring, as the Smart Tower itself as an asset that needed to be tracked.

Working with Adey Electronics, B&B Electronics developed a remote CCTV system that utilizes integrated R-See-Net management software to manage and monitor the communications, traffic and functionality of the devices from remote monitoring stations. A Conel cellular router LR77 provides a reliable robust Cellular 4G platform, while Dual SIM 4G capability ensures always on connectivity. The built in Global Positioning System allows the tower to provide both asset tracking and real time date/time stamping of camera images to the control centre.

Graphic of Remote 4G mobile installation

The Quatro SmartTower is a totally IP based communications system which uses IP cameras and wireless passive detectors. By providing bespoke user modules specifically designed and written to integrate with the LR77, Adey Electronics was able to provide high level bi-directional automation in the field, enabling the Quatro SmartTowers to perform specific actions (e.g., directing a camera to a specific location on site), power-management and to provide crucial alarm messages to the remote control centre.

As streaming live video and CCTV images is bandwidth dependent, it was essential that Quatro SmartTower take advantage of the latest 4G/LTE capabilities. Basing the system around the LR77 router exceeded the required communications requirements in both functionality and its capability to operate in remote outdoor locations.

Reasons for the Design Win

B+B SmartWorx products Used in this Reference Design

LTE router LR77 v2B set (antenna, power supply, patch cable) - 1x ETH + 1x USB + 1x Port + 1x SIM + 1x I/O
Link to LR77 V2B SET data sheet
Picture of LR77 V2B SET