Advantech’s proposal was based on its powerful and rugged SmartFlex router product line. These products are developed with 30-years’ experience. As well as supporting the harsh environments that buses experience in Swedish winters, the Smart Motion versions are specially conceived for mobile operation. They have dual modems with two SIM-cards for each modem, giving the ultimate in flexibility and throughput.
For zero-touch installation, Advantech proposed its WebAccess/DMP toolkit, which allows the installer a simple process: they install the router, connects its power supply and the network, attaches the antennas and then powers it up; WebAccess/DMP then automatically sets the configuration and the unit is functional after only a few minutes. There is no access to the system firmware and no connection with potentially hazardous USB keys.
Finally, in order to monitor the devices, Advantech proposed its R-See-Net software. It uses SNMP to collect system function information and report back on any problems.
Advantech worked with its local partners to provide a complete support package to Stockholm CountyCouncil for the procurement, installation, and maintenance of the system on the 1600 buses.
Zero-Touch Deployment: How does Advantech’s zero-touchWebAccess/DMP work? Firstly, the system developers create the desired router configuration on one device. This configuration is uploaded to the WebAccess/DMP server, which can reside in the Cloud or On-Premise.
Then, the engineers can test a single unit in the field. Installed on a bus, it is powered up and should automatically connect to the WebAccess/DMP server, download its configuration and reboot. If this works correctly, the on-site engineer can visually confirm the correct operation from the LEDs on the router.
Once everyone is happy with the configuration and the automatic updates, the engineers add the full fleet of routers toWebAccess/DMP and then arrange for the installation on the buses. This is usually done overnight or at weekends, or during new builds. The technicians doing the installation need no special training beyond the physical installation, connection to network and power supplies, installation of the antennas; they then need to follow the simple process of powering up, checking the upload of the correct configuration, then reboot and the final correct operation of the device. There is no opportunity for data entry error, there is no need for IP or wireless or router expertise.