Remote Monitoring for Parking System

Case Study for Robust Network Connection and Remote Monitoring for Parking Systems

A Northern European business provides varying parking services for their clients. Parking automats owned by the business offer a diverse set of payment options ranging from coins, credit or chip cards and they rank in the forefront of parking technology in Europe. The client chose these particular mobile routers due to their reliability in hostile environmental conditions.

Business Challenges:

  • Contactless payments by credit card require a credible and secure connection to payment systems.
  • Previously, the signal was severely impaired whenever a car parked too close to the router – it required a reliable and unbreakable internet connection under harsh environment.
  • Each parking automat is connected to a remote control system. It required real time remote management for the parking automats’ troubleshooting, programming and reporting.

M2M Solution

The R3000 Robustel industrial-designed VPN router offers seamless, unbreakable network switching connections for remote monitoring within these parking automats.

Key Features:

  1. Dual SIM redundancy for continuous cellular connections, supports 4G/3G/2G,
  2. Multiple links backup and ICMP detection,
  3. High EMC Level,
  4. Management and maintenance via Web/CLI/SNMP/RobustLink Cloud.

Benefits

  • Precise and reliable remote internet connection helps schedule coin emptying and payment loading visits, reducing maintenance expenses.
  • Higher efficiency for parking operations and more profitable for the municipality, offering a better service to the drivers at the same time.
  • Reduced total cost of ownership, improves customer satisfaction.

The customer chose Robustel 4G routers for forming connections between ticket machines and remote control and payment systems. “The choice was based on the router’s reliability under varying environmental conditions”, says customer’s technical manager. “Previously, the data connection to payment and remote control systems could be disrupted, for example, by a truck parked nearby. Experience has proven Robustel routers as a reliable solution”.

Other applications for the R3000 Router Include:

  • ATM Vending Applications
  • Solar/Wind Energy Monitor
  • Distribution Automation
  • Automatic Meter Reading
  • Industrial Automation
  • IP Video Surveillance
  • Remote Devices

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Video Surveillance System – Monitoring & Recording

Video Surveillance – Monitoring and Recording

Business Challenge

Cities are becoming smarter and smarter with each passing year. Increased integration of information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology ensures security in managing a city’s assets and improvement in efficiency of services.

Public security is one of the most important parts to develop in smart cities. With the help of smart video surveillance systems, public security and asset maintenance can be improved by real-time monitoring and data recording.

When setting up a smart video surveillance system, there are typical requirements which include:

  • Widely distributed area and high speed transmission
  • Mission-critical reliability
  • Easy integration, deployment and maintenance
  • Data security

Robustel Solution

Award winning Robustel industrial-grade POE LTE Router R2000-Dual accompanied by RobustLink + RobustVPN platform help to build up a remote video surveillance system with stable and secure data transmission.

R2000 Dual – R2000 Dual is a rugged, programmable, high efficiency and cost effective VPN gateways, providing safe, reliable, seamless and fast connectivity for M2M applications.

Robustlink + RobustVPN Management Platforms: Robustel RobustLink is an industrial-grade centralised management and administration system for the Robustel GoRugged range of routers and modems (R3000, R3000 Quad, R3000 Lite, R2000, R2000 Dual, M1000 XP Lite, M1000 XP and M1000 Pro V2). It allows you to monitor, configure and manage large numbers of remote devices on a private network over the web.

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Typical Topology of A Video Surveillance System

 

Benefits

Utilising Robustel products suited to this application produces the following  benefits:

  • Dual 4G LTE wireless modules enable fast and reliable connectivity for video data transmission.
  • Industrial-grade design ensures reliable operation in remote sites difficult to access.
  • With 4 ports POE, the surveillance system could be easily deployed with simplified cabling work and lower cabling cost.
  • Supports RobustLink (Centralised M2M management platform) and RobustVPN (Establish VPN to RobustVPN server automatically).

Speak to Powertec today to discuss the solutions to your own video surveillance system M2M application.  Expert installers available across Australia.

M2M/IoT Self-Serve Kiosk Business

M2M/IoT Self-Serve Kiosk Business

This technology is available now in Australia. Contact Powertec today for a referral to an expert in your area to assist with your solution.

Business Challenge

A bike-share scheme provides bicycles for shared use to individuals on a short term basis. Bike share schemes allow people to borrow a bike from point “A” and return it at point “B” and have become very popular in larger cities for both locals and tourists alike.

For a bike share scheme (and other similar business’) to be profitable, the day to day transactions of the business need to run without human intervention. To do this bespoke self-serve terminals have been set up to monitor and manage all the requirements of the customer.

In order to identify a customer and release a bike for their use, every terminal must be connected to the main control centre and able to process payment transactions. Reliable and fast communication is key to ensure a positive customer experience. To avoid costly roadwork involving council permits and road disruption, bike operators prefer to implement a wireless solution, which would have to be rugged enough to withstand outdoor temperatures from snow to high humidity levels.

IoT Self-Serve Kiosk Business

Robustel Solution

To set up a fail safe solution, the R2000 4GX/LTE Enterprise Router with Voice along with online network management tool RobustLink, were utilised for this Business.  While there were a number of products that could do some of the tasks required, this product was selected because of its unique Voice capability improving customer experience when on site.

The business required that the self-service terminal was able to provide full service from payments and security to emergency calls.  As part of the scope the following points were factored into the final solution:

  • Precise and real-time data transmission for bicycle sharing system via seamless cellular network
  • High security user payment process by IPsec tunnel
  • Central management capability (by RobustLink platform)
  • Voice function (GSM) in addition

Benefits

  • Uninterrupted operation with 24h network uptime
  • Improved productivity and intelligence of the network and operations by RobustLink
  • With agile deployment, never miss an opportunity for a pop-up location
  • Protect sensitive data, defend against attacks with IPSec
  • Improve customer experience with voice function
  • Global certified products and service network

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Robustel Bicycle sharing

4GE LTE Modems for Bus Transport System

4GE LTE Modems for Intelligent Public Transport Monitoring

Västtrafik in Sweden is responsible for the public transport in all of Västra Götaland. They have 2,700 buses, trains, trams and ferries as well as 22000 stop locations.

All vehicles combined will be driven 390,000 km on average every day. This makes Västtrafik the second largest public transport company in Sweden. They also organise the transport, compile the timetables and decide upon routes and lines.

4ge lte modemsBusiness Challenge

There were legacy IT systems installed in every bus, train, tram and ferry to connect with passenger information system, driver safety system etc., and a GPRS modem was used for network connection. However, during years of running, Västtrafik was experiencing problems with narrow band and unstable GPRS connection, especially in rural areas. Due to these issues, the Swedish operators were also considering leaving the GSM/GPRS network for M2M communications.

Västtrafik realised that in order to achieve reliable, consistent 3G/4G LTE connectivity, they would need to upgrade to a more ruggedised modem. So they decided to choose a modern path with 3G/4G LTE compatible hardware.

Because of 3G/4G LTE’s instant handover time, high bandwidth, they could maximise the network availability, and provide seamless communication for in-vehicle IT systems for the future.

Solution

The LTE modem is used not only in the buses but also trams, trains and ferries across the country.   Each application has to undergo appropriate certifications to meet all the fireproofing and railway standards regulation demands.

Västtrafik tested solutions from several leading vendors and finally selected Robustel M1000-U4L LTE modem because of its sturdiness, network compatibility, and seamless connectivity performance during the trial.

Key Benefits for Customers

Robustel M1000-U4L LTE modem running provided Västtrafik in Gothenburg with the following

  • CE, EN45544-2, E-mark certified
  • 4G LTE and backwards 3G/GPRS compatible communication path
  • Ruggedized lockable power connector
  • Rugged Metal housing
  • Wide range power input 12-36VDC
  • GPS optional

For more information on Robustel modems available visit HERE.