Field Systems - Power and Internet
What is it?
Field offices and staff working in remote locations have unique power and Internet access challenges. It takes engineers with specific experience to design systems that meet these challenges with reliable and affordable solutions. GTIS has a team of these very engineers, who have a proven track record of creating field-appropriate power and communication systems designed with sustainable, long-term use in mind.
More specifically, this service provides advice, design, and support for:
- Solar power, battery backup, and other electricity generating solutions, ranging in size from portable, low-power systems to individual and small team systems, to large systems to meet the needs of an entire campus.
- Communications solutions to provide Internet access in remote locations using cellular repeaters, BGAN or other satellite solutions, long-range point-to-point WiFi systems, and even HF packet radios, when other solutions are unavailable.
- Networks for offices and field working teams, including physical design guidance, wireless network recommendations, security and firewall advice and troubleshooting.
Who is it for?
SIL staff and Partners involved in Bible translation and language development. This service is often focused on meeting specific field needs, but it may also be beneficial to those in locations with good power and Internet, who are representing or working closely with others in field settings.
Who do I contact?
What GTIS Does
The Field Systems team will learn about your needs and constraints, what solution(s) you have in use now, and will then provide any of the following, as appropriate:
- Consulting for improvements to your existing system
- Recommendations for a new or replacement system, including estimated costs
- Ongoing support for troubleshooting or future system expansion, when needed
- Detailed design specifications and installation documentation for new systems, if you or a local vendor will be building and configuring the system yourself
- When appropriate, the sale of the actual products, if you purchase them from us
- Onsite installation if qualified local vendors are not available, including operational training for your local support staff
What You Do
You will need to provide an engaged contact who can describe your needs and provide information about the problem(s) you want to solve. Depending on the solution you need, this may include some of the following:
- Details of the specific issue you are experiencing (the more detail the better)
- Information about the availability of equipment, parts, supplies, repair services, and vendors in your local area, as well as the support skills of your local IT staff
- Funding to cover the cost of purchases and operational expenses, and for Field Systems staff travel if onsite installation is needed
- For power systems, details about your power load and average daily hours of use, as well as the availability if any, and quality of local grid power or other generation sources
- For network systems in an office environment, details about the physical office design, construction materials, building layout and dimensions
- For communication systems, data transmission needs (bandwidth, type of data / application usage), geographic and topographic details, local ISPs, any government restrictions or cultural expectations (such as sharing the Internet with the local village)
- For equipment to be shipped, logistics information about delivery options, import duties, security concerns, and local laws.