Adán Morales
Engineering Manager
Avantec
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Distributing Connectivity Intelligently

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:25

Q: How is Avantec helping to improve connectivity in Mexico?

A: In the telecommunications and video surveillance sectors, Avantec uses its technology to help the private and public sectors optimize their use of wired and wireless networks. When it comes to the government we show it how technology can optimize its services and operations through trials and demonstrations. We can help authorities complete connectivity gaps by developing joint studies and providing solutions in video surveillance and intelligence.

Mobile connectivity is one of Avantec’s vertical markets but our participation in this sector is scarce as it requires a significant investment. Among the projects Avantec develops in this segment, Avantec plans to provide Wi-Fi in the Guadalajara subway by collaborating with MetroCarrier. We are also developing the wireless transportation network for the Metrobús stations in Leon. Our system already manages the telemetry of prepayment machines and video surveillance. We are still in the process of consolidating the second phase, which will connect the system to the Cloud and allow end users to view the number of available seats and arrival time of the next bus. This data can help reduce traffic, commute times and in general improve the quality of life of commuters.

Q: What projects has Avantec developed in Mexico and what challenges did it encounter?

A: In 2012, we developed a WiMax-based telecom network in Jalisco designed for 3,000 users. It required 30 radio base stations throughout the state. This infrastructure enables governments to provide services like internet, modules for civil procedures, video surveillance, emergency alerts and traffic control. Avantec additionally developed infrastructure for these services in Sonora and Colima using newer technologies like LTE and free-band. This project was challenging because it required the construction of a ring that enables wireless connection and signal repeaters on hills so that the entire state is covered. Building the towers and transporting the technology to uphill locations often required the use of mules and ATVs due to the lack of roads. Building telecom infrastructure in remote areas is not much more expensive than in cities but it takes about 8 percent longer, which slightly increases labor costs.

When it comes to transportation, Avantec works with airport groups like ASUR and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP). We collaborate to develop airport customs systems, ensuring connectivity between airports and promoting security. We will also operate as the technological branch of a construction company that won various concessions in NAICM by providing video surveillance.

Q: What challenges does Avantec encounter while working with the public sector in terms of project continuity and budget?

A: Fitting our solutions into limited governmental budgets and ensuring project continuity between administrations has been a challenge for us. To achieve this, Avantec develops objective and cost-effective projects using statistical intelligence. After ensuring connectivity, we study key areas that require internet, video surveillance or other services. These areas generally show large rates of foot traffic, casualty rates or economic affluence. Based on this information, Avantec creates system solutions that meet the specific needs of its partners.

Q: What is Avantec’s growth strategy and what new cities would it like to be present in?

A: Avantec develops mobility and telecommunications- based connectivity projects in Aguascalientes and Yucatan. We look forward to having a direct, physical presence across the entire country, especially Monterrey, Guadalajara and the southeastern region of the country by establishing more commercial offices with technological operators and technicians. Nationally, our company is starting to develop projects in the energy sector and provide IoT infrastructure that can support Smart Cities.