Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Huber+Suhner, Electro-Wire aid MBTA communications

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Essex Junction, Vt.-based Huber+Suhner, Inc. and Electro-Wire, Inc., Schaumberg, Ill., say they successfully installed SENCITY®LINK 60 (SL-60) for the Massachuseetts Bay Transportation Authority during June. SL-60 is an integrated 60 GHz 360 Mb point-to-point antenna and radio, designed for high security, interference-free service in a range of environments, including urban settings and tunnels, with a maximum range of 1.25 miles.

“SL-60 operates in the unlicensed band at a frequency much higher than any commercially deployed system,” says Wayne Pleasant, Huber+Suhner field application engineer.  “It’s six-by-six 6 inch size and 8 watt power consumption allows it to run on POE in the tightest locations.  It does not look like an antenna at all, and operates like any other piece of an interconnection network; it is ‘virtual cable’ without any digging.”

Patrick McNamara, Electro-Wire’s regional manager, said one particular problem MBTA faced was “how to cross the tracks with fiber to get to a station. The cost of shutting down service and trenching would have been enormous,” but the two suppliers “installed the radio in less time than the design review.”