UAE. US-based Firetide, a leading developer of wireless mesh networks, today announced that Samsung Corp. recently deployed a Firetide mesh network at the construction site of the tallest free-standing structure in the world, the Burj Dubai in United Arab Emirates.
The newly installed Firetide network is being used for video surveillance, VoIP (voice over IP), and RoIP (radio over IP) applications at the worksite.
The Burj Dubai is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008 and will rise over 2,275 feet high. Initially, communication in and around the site was accomplished using traditional walkie-talkies, easily transportable, battery-powered radio handsets. However, as the building grew taller, this means of connection became less and less reliable.
“The increasing height of the building posed a major communication issue, after a certain height and distance, communication via walkie-talkies became unclear, which created delays and safety concerns,” said Chang Geun Lee, Project Manager for Samsung Corp.
“With the Firetide wireless network, we are able to communicate with the ease and clarity that befits the world’s grandest and tallest structure. We are so impressed with these results that we plan to use Firetide wireless mesh in many construction projects going forward.”
Since deploying a combination of Firetide HotPort outdoor wireless mesh nodes and HotPoint access points at the Burj Dubai site, workers at the tower now experience clear, reliable communication using Wi-Fi-enabled phones supporting VoIP, and greatly enhanced connections using RoIP. In addition, a new video surveillance system using the Firetide network is now in place.
“Firetide is honored to receive such high-level validation of our wireless mesh infrastructure,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “Samsung’s choice of Firetide certainly gives testament to our ability to support the most unusual and demanding of the connectivity requirements, including those of the tallest building in the world.”
Samsung SDS, the largest IT service provider in Korea and the systems integrator on the project, recommended deploying a Firetide wireless network.
“Even boosting and amplifying the radio signals of the walkie-talkies failed to resolve the issues,” said Jerry Jang, Project Manager for Samsung SDS. “After thorough competitive evaluation and testing of various products, we determined that the Firetide mesh network was the best solution for our situation. The network was deployed quickly and easily, and greatly enhanced the safety and productivity of workers at the massive construction site.”
Note: Samsung SDS is the largest IT services company in Korea providing integrated IT services ranging from system integration to engineering outsourcing. Samsung SDS employs over 8,000 people with revenues of US$2.26 billion for 2006 across its worldwide offices. Supporting the global Samsung companies, Samsung SDS has grown to provide thought leadership to its clients across all industries.