Staying ahead of the pack
With the increase in anytime, anywhere online shopping, the need for super-efficient, reliable and secure back-end fulfilment and distribution operations has never been greater, and the networks that underpin those operations are absolutely vital. You only really get one chance to get the right network infrastructure in place without major upheaval, and an unreliable network will create inefficiencies and bottlenecks, so it makes sense to do the job properly first time around.
We have over 10 years experience of working with clients in the Logistics sector. In the last two years alone we have completed over 20 networking projects in distribution centres around the UK and mainland Europe. Most of these sites have complex layouts involving mezzanines, racking, packing benches and conveyor systems.
Distribution centres present particular challenges for wireless networking. Scanners and radio data terminals need a continuous connection to the network as they roam the site to avoid disruptive drop-outs. Racking and mezzanines make for difficult coverage, and the wireless characteristics of the space can change on a daily basis depending on stocking levels. Often we are asked to design the wireless network before racking and mezzanines have been installed, so a wireless survey is of limited value, which is where our experience of other similar sites comes into play.
Typically we would take care of all networking aspects of the site for the client, including wired network connectivity for clocking-in machines, printers, video surveillance cameras, etc. We would normally agree with the client where to place outlying wiring closets, and take care of all necessary copper and fibre-optic cabling. All our networks are designed to support continuous 24x7x365 operation. We can also provide telephony solutions if required. We would project manage all aspects of the network installation to ensure project deadlines are met.
We offer a full wireless survey and design service for new installations, and we can also survey existing wireless implementations to identify problems.