HOW TO USE THIS ONLINE MAGAZINE
by clicking the arrows at the side of the page.
by clicking anywhere on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level.
and move the page around when zoomed in by dragging the page.
and return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues
a PDF of this magazine.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
a page via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.
TO VIEW PREVIOUS EDITIONS
, click the
button at the bottom of the screen.
Beyond the Bale : September 2017
AWI’S WIRELESS FA RM TRIAL PROJECT AWI has investigated simple and cost- effective ways for woolgrowers across Australia to establish more effective wireless connections on their farms. Specifically, AWI has looked at ways to provide wireless point-to-point and/or point- to-multipoint network links to enhance and distribute internet and other wireless connectivity on properties. ABOUT THE TRIAL PROJECT Examples of locations where internet access, using Wi-Fi hotspots, could be sited include residential buildings, paddocks, sheds and workshops. Monitoring equipment, such as cameras and sensors, can also be used using wireless technology. The monitoring system can be deployed with or without an internet connection, but an internet connection would allow woolgrowers to access, for instance, camera footage when outside their property. AWI is running a trial ‘Wireless Farm’ project to determine the feasibility of a widespread roll-out of the technology to Australian woolgrowers, and is seeking expressions of interest from woolgrowers who want to be involved, of which ten will be selected. The technology provider AWI has selected for the project is American technology company Ubiquiti, a large and well-respected company in the market place. It was founded by former Apple Engineer Robert Pera in 2005 and generated around US$1 billion in revenue in the past financial year. We know the technology works. The aim of the trial project is firstly to gauge the level of interest from woolgrowers in this type of technology, and secondly to assess whether a more widespread roll out of the technology is feasible, based on the outcomes of the trial from the perspective and feedback of both AWI and the trial participants. LITEBEAM AC ANTENNA $150 including 3 year replacement warranty Simple point-to-point links capable of creating reliable links over 20km range line of sight. AIRMAX AC SECTOR ANTENNA WITH ROCKET M5 ACCESS POINT $500 including 3 year replacement warranty A more powerful antenna (then the point-to-point above) covering 60 degree radius for multiple links across your property with 50+ km range and 150 mbps throughput. UNIFI VIDEO CAMERA G3 $220 including 3 year replacement warranty Full HD IR camera with extended range; it can be used to alert and record video and sound on motion. It is also available with the powerful accessory that dramatically extends night-time range. EDGEROUTER POE $299 including 3 year replacement warranty Needed if you want to connect up to 3 accessories (3 cameras or 2 cameras and Wi-Fi access point) to any link. After being selected by AWI, the ten trial participants will be required to purchase Ubiquiti products (see right) from AWI. AWI will verify your equipment requirements. Each of these products includes a three- year replacement warranty from Ubiquiti. The prices include GST but not shipping. The trial participants will have to install the equipment themselves. It is important to note that the setting up of the equipment will require time and other resources that are not feasible for AWI to provide. Information and guidance will be provided by AWI, and phone support will be available for the trial participants. Aside from these Ubiquiti products that must be purchased, the resources that trial participants could need to provide themselves (following guidance from AWI) also include: • poles on which the equipment can be mounted • solar panels, to generate electricity • solar charge controllers (battery regulators), which control the current flow from the solar panels • waterproof boxes. These items could be easily sourced, eg from Ubiquiti, at hardware stores or around the farm. Homestead with ‘sector’ antenna Internet in shearing shed Monitoring livestock (tags) Sensors Cameras As well as be willing to set up the system themselves, trial participants will be required to provide feedback to AWI about the installation process and the effectiveness of the wireless network. To run Wi-Fi hotspots, trial participants must already have ADSL or NBN internet at their homestead. Participants must also have a PC to run the required free Ubiquiti software. WHAT IS INVOLVED FOR TRIAL PARTICIPANTS? NETWORK CONFIGURATION SHOWING POINT-TO- MULTIPOINT LINKS. 46 ON FARM
In the Shops - September 2017