Solar-Powered Wireless Communications

Carlson Wireless Technologies has integrated a new Power over Ethernet (PoE) device into its solar-powered wireless product line. According to the company, the new PoE unit increases system efficiency by up to 45%, allowing for greater solar system run times. Other benefits include reductions in required solar panel size as well as the elimination of costly inverters. Carlson Wireless engineers also note that the new PoE allows a significant increase in powered cable length, expanding site configuration options. Designed for remote locations, Carlson’s Trailblazer and LongHaul microwave backhaul radios integrate with solar power kits— directly monitoring both radio and solar equipment via data throughput, temperature and voltage readings; sending e-mail alerts at customer-set thresholds to communicate problems before failure occurs.

As featured in Womp 2010 Vol 04 -