Redline to Release RDL-LTE Wireless Communications Networking Suite
Redline announced this week that its newest wireless communications networking suite, RDL-LTE, will be commercially available in the fourth quarter of 2016.
RDL-LTE combines a number of Redline products such as its eNodeB hardware that communicates with 3GPP-compliant user devices and its FlexCore software that manages the operation of a private LTE network that can support thousands of simultaneous users. It addresses the needs of a variety of businesses and military organizations that have a need for private networks and want a reliable method of communication outside the public telephone network.
Rodney Cronin, the vice president of product management at Redline, commented on these features and the types of organizations Redline hopes to address in the coming quarter.
“The RDL-LTE wireless network combines the low-power consumption and extended range functionality of Redline’s backhaul products with the convenience of standards-based LTE-supported user devices into an affordable private network solution that can start small and scale as our customers’ needs grow,” Cronin began.
“This makes the RDL-LTE system very well suited for wide-area, low-density networks, like those used for public safety, rural communities, military operations, and oil fields.”
The types of eNodeB equipment that Redline offers starts with the Ellipse-4G-HP, a unit that can operate between -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 149 degrees Fahrenheit. This unit provides a range of signal that should meet the needs of any client. It comes as an alternative to the Ellipse-4G, which is also made to resist extreme weather and is manufactured to withstand submersion in water.
Connect-4G remote terminals allow users to extend the signal of various 3GPP bands for organizations that have complex requirements for their dispersion of wireless signals.
The FlexCore PTT EPC and PTT and ClearView NMS software provide a centralized software component to these hardware devices. They handle the creation and tearing down of networks and make sure that network administrators can get a high-level view of network operations at any time. EPC mostly provides the components of a core LTE network while PTT provides push-to-talk functions within an LTE network. Both of those software components are aided by the ClearView NMS network manager that gives admins a picture of network health but does not require outside monitoring equipment.
Redline is currently testing the new system in Kentucky and will hold a webinar in August about the system’s functions. Initial deployment of the commercial version of the RDL-LTE suite is expected to work within various 700 MHz LTE bands, followed soon by 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.
Edited by Peter Bernstein