What Makes Tekniam's RUCS Wireless Broadband Internet Breakthrough Technology?
Tekniam’s new Remote Universal Communication System (RUCS) is a total game changer for providing low-cost broadband Internet to rural areas, for emergency response providers, and for developing countries struggling to bridge the digital divide.
What makes the RUCS truly breakthrough technology is its remarkably compact size, light weight, and low power requirements. Its speed of deployment and flexibility, as well as its low cost to purchase and operate, makes it truly breakthrough technology compared to anything previously available at many times the size and expense.
Compact and Easy to Carry
The RUCS is breakthrough technology utilizing state-of-the-art miniaturization to produce a super compact and lightweight device that’s easy to hand carry and broadcasts a remarkably powerful broadband Internet signal for its size, weight and power draw.
Starting at 5 lbs. / 2.27 kgs the RUCS unit and its accompanying Distribution Module antenna can deliver a signal from an access point within a 1000 ft radius for up to 250 Internet users. The antenna is approximately the size of a medium pizza box. The signal can be relayed between the Portable Communication Link units that are the main transmitting devices 3 miles apart to cover a total distance of up to 35 miles.
The RUCS compact size and that it can be easily hand carried and operational in minutes makes its speed of deployment faster than anything previously available that formerly usually required a trailer pulled by a truck and a generator to achieve a similar result.
This is one reason why the RUCS can be used decisively in disaster relief emergencies to get Internet quickly to first responders where it saves lives and property.
Low Power Requirements
Having only a 5 to 8 watt power draw, it can be powered with a small battery pack, a car battery, solar, or plugged into the wall. Virtually any power source AC or DC will work so long as you have the right adapter.
About 7% of people in the United States live in places so low in population density that all they have is dialup Internet. In some cases, nothing at all. In developing nations, that number is much higher. That’s where RUCS really excels.
The relatively low power requirements makes RUCS the ideal choice for many off-grid applications to fill coverage gaps in remote rural areas.
All that is needed is a power source and an Internet source to transmit which can be satellite, ethernet cable or broadband cell.
Ease of Set-up and Operation
Set-up is very straightforward and simple making it the fastest deploying emergency broadband Internet solution available.
Basically, all you do is plug it into a power supply. Then plug in your Internet connection known as your “backhaul” which is where the Internet signal enters the network that can be broadband cell, ethernet or satellite.
Turn it on and it basically starts working in about a minute.
The efficient way to connect is to use a Power Over Ethernet or POE adapter which enables you to combine your power source and Internet signal through the same cable. This adapter is not difficult to splice in-line so you only need one cable to send the power and the Internet signal which keeps it simple and reliable by having only one potential point of failure.
Plug your Internet connection and power supply into one end of the cable which then plugs into the RUCS unit on the other. There’s just one additional thing you need to plug in-line with an ethernet connection or with G5. Its very simple.
Then you connect the RUCS unit to the Distribution Module antenna and you are in business supplying up to 250 users within a 1,000 ft radius.
The Distribution Modules have a 1000 ft radius with 100% reliable. It has been tested to an effective range of between a quarter mile to up to half a mile on level ground.
Flexibility and Scalability
Another RUCS breakthrough is how flexible and easily scalable the network can be from this initial starting point that deploys quickly. Highly scalable in that it can be configured to do up to 3 mile “Hops” from one RUCS unit to the next for up to 10 or 15 hops totaling 35 miles.
When adding additional hops between RUCS units, or adding multiple Internet sources for redundancy like satellite, ethernet or cell, additional cabling is necessary but not very much.
What RUCS can do that no other device currently on the market can do is the number of hops from one unit to the next without significant degradation of signal.
One of the reasons the competition can only do a much more limited number of hops is because they use the same antenna to receive their Internet signal as they do to distribute it to users. The result is the loss of 30-50% of bandwidth with each hop and so are only able to do at much more limited number of hops.
RUCS’ cleaver use of software algorithms further enables it to be able to jump over and over again with only a 10-15% loss. This enables RUCS to be able to do 10 to 15 hops compared to the competition’s 2 to 3 hops that are many times RUCS’ size and expense to purchase and operate.
Flexible in that It can be installed in a fraction of the time of more conventional methods with no extensive cables needing to be installed, or related regulatory approvals necessary which can often delay telecommunication projects for years.
The range in RUCS’ distance it can cover can also be greatly expanded on the Internet backhaul end by swapping out the 3-mile range standard antenna that comes with the unit for something that can handle a signal from 40 miles away and is not very expensive.
This leap in scalability can be achieved by simply upgrading RUCS’ backhaul antenna with 100% flexibility for its use today and whatever needs may arise in the future.
RUCs has been tested in high winds and hurricanes and has performed flawlessly. It can be put into position before the storm hits prematurely and turn them on when needed so long as they are secured. These little modules are very tough!
Strength and Flexibility
The wireless signal is delivered via a mesh network where overlapping connection points in the network cooperate with one another to efficiently route data to and from users which greatly strengthens the resilience of the network in case there are local failures.
RUCS will work over any external network connection to the outside world like satellite, ethernet cable or cell. It can also be used to create your own protected network.
It offers flexibility in that it doesn’t need to be connected to the Internet but can be used to create a stand-alone network of its own for security reasons such as the military that has classified applications they don’t want to have anyone else having their eyes on.
RUCS has dual bands meaning it can split the bandwidth so users can use two channels for different purposes.
For example, in an emergency disaster situation, one band can be given priority bandwidth to first responders. The second channel can be used for off-duty personal to communicate with friends and loved ones. This second band can be limited to voice calls and text messages only so as not to tie up communications for people who really need it.
RUCS has a very sophisticated backend that enables it to be able to be controlled remotely from the cloud, and allows users to control it too.
Low Cost to Purchase and Operate
Tekniam’s RUCS is clearly the low-cost leader with breakthrough technology able to deliver more powerful results for a fraction of the cost to purchase and operate.
Compared to other rural Internet or emergency Internet solutions currently on the market such as AT&T’s SatRunner that is the size of a pallet and needs to be carried on a trailer, RUCS can deliver the same rural broadband or emergency Internet capability at a fraction of the cost due to its easy to carry compact size and low power draw.
Compared to SatRunner that burns gasoline, makes noise and costs about $4,000 a year to operate, RUCS low power requirements enables it to be operated for years at a small fraction of the annual cost.
It can be deployed in minutes - or weeks with a permanent install - compared to fiber or cell that can take years and be far more expensive. People don’t like towers, and the problems getting them approved can be a permit nightmare.
RUCS has dramatically reduced the costs of redundancy which is an essential component of emergency planning by being able to provide a low-cost backup broadband Internet solution when disaster strikes for such a crucial service that’s the backbone of any disaster relief effort.
RUCS is not only the low-cost industry leader to purchase or lease. It is also the easiest to service and manage with 24/7 remote monitoring of the system using the TekMESH™ cloud-based management system that provides real time technical support. It provides local and/or remote management of your communication system keeping it reliable and easy to maintain by users.
Small, compact size. Low power draw. Ease of setup and scalability are all technology breakthroughs that add up to the bottom-line savings that makes Tekniam’s RUCS the low cost industry leader to purchase, lease and operate.
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