Temporary connectivity

Communication breakdown at large events

Many mobile phone users struggle with poor signal coverage, especially at large events when there are huge crowds. Unfortunately, this does not always only affect the guests of these events, as many on-site protagonists, such as staff, security, and rescue services, are heavily dependent on the mobile network to communicate with and among each other. Hence, for many service employees, some of whom work interlocked with each other, a breakdown in communication means severe losses in efficiency. 

Reliable communication by using WiBACK

A short-term WiBACK communication network makes operators independent of mobile networks. The WiBACK network serves as an additional communication channel and can therefore act as a bypass for the mobile network. This ensures that high-ranking service personnel, such as security and rescue services, can interact with each other without their accessibility being endangered by network overload. However, suppose the network is to be made accessible to a larger number of users. In that case, it is also possible to prioritize certain services in the network to take precedence over all others.

Features of a short-term WiBACK network

A short-term WiBACK network possesses the benefit of flexible deployment. With just a little bit of planning, one can set up a network for a short period of time to where it is temporarily needed. This allows not only connectivity to (remote) events but also construction projects such as highway-constructions.  

Quick and easy to set up

A short-term WiBACK network consists of mounted nodes, antennas, and controllers on portable poles. The time-consuming erection of fixed-mounting fixtures is reduced to set up the portable poles and align the antennas to the needed location.

Reserved data transmission for security

WiBACK enables traffic prioritization, such as guaranteed services for police, security personnel and firefighters, ensuring that their communications are prioritized during an event.

Independent power source

Due to its low energy profile, WiBACK can be operated autonomously with solar energy around the clock and work independently of available energy networks.

Difference to permanent and short-term WiBACK networks 

Before going into the differences in more detail, it should be emphasized that the various WiBACK network types all consist of the same hardware. They differ mainly just in the time the network is meant to operate for and the trade-off between planning, setup efforts, and performance.  

For example, short-term networks are designed to easily set up a network for a few weeks to months. The time-consuming site survey, network planning, and erection of fixed-mounting fixtures network operators have to consider with a permanent network are reduced to some radio planning and site survey of the event’s location. 

WiBACK supports different deployment time scales, which can be categorized as follows. Each category requires different planning and setup procedures and may incur differing overall costs but also yield different performance figures. 

Type\Feature Ad hoc  Short-term Permanent
Service Time Days to week Weeks to months Years
Performance Fair, but reliable good optimum
Power Supply Battery (maybe with solar) or generator Bigger Solar/bat or generator Access to grid, solar/bat possible
Radio Planning None – no time to do it some extensive

Portable poles, on vehicles, etc

Portable or fixes poles

Fixed poles, buildings, permanent

Site Survey Minimal (no time) During the planning of event/activity Extensive search for good places and check for permission
Costs  Investment in portable equipment Investment in portable equipment Fixed poles or constructions, access to an energy grid
Typical Distance per hop < 2 km < 8 km < 20 km