The Standard Foundation For Mission Critical Communications
By Ondas Networks
Friday, February 01, 2019 | Comments

Ondas Networks Inc. (formerly Full Spectrum Inc.) is a wireless networking company that designs and manufactures its multi-patented, Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform for Mission Critical IoT (MC-IoT) applications. Ondas’ markets include Electric Utilities, Oil & Gas, Water, Rail, Transportation and Government. Customers use our SDR technology to deploy their own private licensed broadband wireless networks. Ondas Networks provides a frequency agnostic radio platform from 70 MHz to 6 GHz and beyond. We also offer mission-critical entities the option of a managed network service. Ondas’ SDR technology supports IEEE 802.16s, the new worldwide standard for private licensed wide area industrial networks.

IEEE 802.16s, addresses the mobile and fixed data connectivity needs of mission critical industries and the high-value-data delivery integrity required. The standard enables private, licensed radio frequencies for the exclusive use of network connected devices. The standard was developed hand-in-hand with the leadership and support of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the world’s leading utility research arm, Utilities Technology Council (UTC), and some of the US’s largest electric utilities. IEEE 802.16s is the only standard developed SPECIFICALLY for mission critical industries. The standard is the elemental building block in the Mission Critical Internet of Things being adopted by electric utilities, oil & gas, water, rail, transportation, and government for mission critical applications.

Ondas has four state-of-the-art hardware platforms – Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Neptune – all capable of running any Ondas’ Radio Software Application. The radio hardware selection is truly independent of the air interface protocol and other application software you choose to run. All Ondas radios can operate either the IEEE 802.16s air interface protocol for narrower channel (less than 1.25 MHz) operation or the IEEE 802.16e air interface protocol for broadband operation. Additionally, all radios can operate as a Base Station, Fixed Remote or Mobile Remote.

Each radio hardware platform offers different capabilities but primarily vary according to transmit power, size of the unit, enclosure design and weatherization options. Venus, an indoor unit, is our most compact unit with up to 4 Watts Tx power. Jupiter is a slightly larger unit with higher Tx power (up to 10 Watts) and MIMO capability (multiple receive and transmit options). Mars is ultra-high power (up to 100 watts Tx power) in a 19″ 2U enclosure.  Neptune is an IP65 rated, outdoor 4 watt radio.

The Ondas Network Monitoring System (NMS) enables the private system operator to remotely monitor and control the wide area mobile and fixed network. The Ondas NMS provides an easy to use graphical user interface to monitor and manage the entire Ondas network including all base stations and remote stations.  The NMS users employ a standard web browser to connect to the NMS server using HTTPS. Communication between the NMS server and the controlled network entities (i.e., Ondas base stations and remote stations) is done using the SNMPv3 protocol.

With Ondas’ frequency agile capability, multiple frequency bands can be used for data communications with the same hardware platform. As an example, if a user owns spectrum in the 700 MHz A band and the 217 MHz band, a radio system can be installed, configured, provisioned and managed with the same radio platform, same NMS, etc. It provides more capabilities and more flexibility for your Mission Critical Internet of Things communications network deployment.

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