TOURtech…Making the Impossible Possible

Internet and WiFi connectivity, anywhere you need it.  That’s what we do at TOURtech, and sometimes we have to use unconventional methods and out of the box thinking to make it happen.

Case in point:  Sedona, Arizona. 

Sedona, located in the Upper Sonoran Desert, is well known for the famous red sandstone rock formations that surround the city.  The red rocks are a true wonder of nature, and they have been a fixture in countless major Hollywood productions and served as the backdrop for many events throughout the years.  However, getting a cell phone signal in some of the valleys between the rock formations can be almost impossible. 

We were recently in Sedona to provide temporary internet and WiFi for one of our clients.  At this particular event, part of our job was to get coverage to four different areas that were located away from the main site. The LTE signal in those service locations was not good enough to support social media uploads, so our team came up with a very creative way to boost it.

The first step was getting on a top of a hill and testing the signal on one of our UR Connected 4G Fusion devices, which contains a proprietary bonded connection from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.  The results were not ideal, so another 4G Fusion and some antennas were added to the setup.  That helped, but the signal was still weak, and with the additional Fusion, the lack of power anywhere close-by became an issue. 

The solution for fixing the power issue was the easy part.  Our crew hooked up a solar generator (yes, we’ve been known to travel with one of those).

The next steps in increasing the wireless signal included some tree climbing, and a dogleg point to point shot with some extra backup gear our crew had on hand.  At the end of the day, all four locations had a solid 20 Mbps x 20 Mbps connection, all of which was powered with no sunlight for over 12 hours with a full charge.

When we experience these types of challenges, our team is excited to make the impossible POSSIBLE. Our clients seem to like it as well!

Photos: Christopher Knowlton for TOURtech

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