Canute logistics firm tackles warehouse WiFi data interference with Ruckus

Transport and logistics company Canute Group has re-equipped its premises with a new WiFi infrastructure system from Ruckus Wireless to tackle data interference.

With more than 50,000 pallet locations across 12 sites, Canute Group chose its Purfleet headquarters in Essex for a vital upgrade to its existing WiFi infrastructure.

The company called in enterprise wireless network consultant Nexus Globalnet, who recommended Ruckus Smart WiFi equipment to provide the connectivity to meet its needs.

Canute Group helps deliver goods to industries including construction, engineering, industrial, retail and agriculture.

Mark Longhurst, ICT manager at Canute Group, said: “Warehouse environments are complex and our previous warehouse solution was not providing the connectivity we needed. In order to provide real-time stock positions for management and staff, we needed our hand-held scanners to connect to a reliable wireless network."

He said: “In addition, we needed three separate networks for the scanner operators, staff and guests. As a result, we looked for a solution that allowed for roaming and multiple SSID networks.”

As well as stock control in its main warehouse building, the new installation had to provide secure LAN extensions to a new warehouse facility, under construction up to 100m away from the head office, without the need for expensive leased line infrastructure.

Nexus Globalnet installed a Ruckus Wireless Smart WiFi network, including a combination of Ruckus ZoneFlex 7731 long-range 802.11n (5 GHz) point-to-point outdoor access points and Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 high performance 802.11n mid-range indoor access points.

The network uses a Ruckus ZoneDirector management platform to centrally control and monitor service delivery and performance.

Wil Currie, technical director at Nexus Globalnet, said: “Getting WiFi to function as it’s supposed to in warehouse environments can be next to impossible.

"Between huge areas filled with metal racks, you have multiple handheld WiFi devices, moving vehicles, constantly changing environmental conditions and no pervasive Ethernet network, so reliable connectivity is an enormous challenge."

The Canute system also includes Ruckus BeamFlex to provide automatic interference avoidance, whilst Ruckus SmartMesh Networking provides more flexible deployment options to also help tackle the interference-filled site. All the scanner traffic is now tunnelled and optimised for "seamless roaming".

Canute's Longhurst said: "With its smart traffic segregation, different security aspects and multiple SSIDs, we are now looking to roll out Ruckus Smart WiFi technology to our other warehouses up and down the country.”

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