A Siklu Case Study: Aberdeen Harbour
Aberdeen Harbour is the centre of activity for the offshore oil and gas industry’s marine support operations in Northwest Europe, and handles around 5 million tonnes of cargo a year.
As one of the UK’s busiest ports and serving the North Sea oil and gas industry, Aberdeen Harbour uses Siklu Etherhaul millimetre wave wireless to connect the new Torry Marine Base with a future-proof solution.
The activity of the harbour creates a complex security environment, with the need to monitor staff and public safety, manage traffic and shipping movements, protect assets and deter criminal activity.
The creation of the new Torry Marine Base meant the harbour board needed to deploy an integrated security solution covering IP CCTV and access control solutions along with automated vehicle and pedestrian entry points and Automatic Number Plate capture with secure, interference free and high capacity backhaul connecting the new base to the existing IT fibre network infrastructure. Laying fibre or utilising leased line solutions was considered, but due to the cost effectiveness and ease of deployment it was decided to utilise the latest wireless technology developed by Siklu.
A Siklu solution was proposed with a reliable wireless backhaul to cope with high throughput demands of its client Aberdeen Harbour. This also utilised the E band spectrum, which is relatively uncongested and ideally suited for this type of project.
Purdicom, the UK distributor for Siklu, helped to plan and design four Siklu Etherhaul 1200F wireless links. The Siklu Etherhaul 1200F was specified by Purdicom due to its high capacity and full duplex gigabit throughput to deliver large amounts of data reliably. These links also ensured a future proof base should additional network traffic be required, as this was taken into consideration at the design stage.
The harbour extended its security solutions coverage using high capacity overhaul from Siklu. The next generation security network is used to carry segregated traffic from a number of sources, including streaming HD video images from the latest IP cameras.
The network was set up and deployed with no disruption to harbour operations. These links also ensured a future proof foundation, should additional network traffic be required.
“We’re extremely pleased with the performance of the new high capacity wireless backhaul network, complementing the new integrated security solution we recently deployed ”
Technical Director for Scottish Communications, which manages the Aberdeen Harbour Communications