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Colorado State University Beams Weather Radar Data with Exalt
Exalt Communications, an innovator in microwave radio systems, announced that the Colorado State University CHILL (CSU-CHILL) National Weather Radar Facility has deployed the license-exempt Exalt EX-2.4i microwave radio system to reliably deliver real-time weather radar data from its remote location to researchers on the CSU campus. The system not only makes it possible for campus researchers to monitor live weather events, but it also eliminates the need to manually transfer data on storage disks between the remote site and the campus.
“Our researchers wanted to be able to study live events without having to drive out to the remote facility, and Exalt’s license-exempt radio system gave us plenty of bandwidth and could be deployed very quickly,” said David Brunkow, Senior Engineer at the CHILL site. “We now have a completely reliable connection that stays up in even the most severe weather conditions.”
The EX-2.4i system at CSU-CHILL is currently configured to carry 50 Mbps of Ethernet data over a distance of six miles. It can be upgraded via software to support up to 100 Mbps of data and up to four T1 lines at the same time. In the future, Brunkow will be investigating the possibility of using the link to carry IP voice telephony traffic between the CHILL PBX and the main PBX on the CSU campus.
“As the only company with a complete line of carrier-class licensed and licensed-exempt microwave radio systems in every frequency band between 2 and 40 GHz, Exalt has become a primary source for solutions to challenges like the one at CSU-CHILL,” said Amir Zoufonoun, CEO of Exalt. “By choosing a license-exempt system, CSU was able to have the link up within a day while taking advantage of our CarrierTDD technology that guarantees throughput in all conditions.”
All Exalt radio systems – licensed and license-exempt – are carrier-class systems offering guaranteed link availability, guaranteed throughput availability and low, constant latency. Designed to enable a smooth transition to IP, they offer native support for both TDM and Ethernet and are fully software configurable and upgradeable. For easy and secure management using third-party network management systems, Exalt systems support SNMP v1, v2c and v3. Data security is provided by available FIPS-197 compliant AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption that adds zero latency to the transmission. To simplify installation and maintenance, all Exalt systems feature an embedded manual and most include a built-in spectrum analyzer.