Eurotunnel, concessionaire of the cross Channel Fixed Link, is a rolling motorway used by 2.5 million cars and 1.5 million trucks every year. In 2015, over 20 million passengers crossed the Channel with Eurotunnel.
Eurotunnel: Ekahau Site Survey Provides Reliable Heat Mapping
Eurotunnel provide Wi-Fi to drivers in two massive lorry parks (650 ha and 150 ha) on either side of the channel. Combined the parks are six times the size of Hyde Park and Eurotunnel needed a wireless survey tool to verify that their Wi-Fi met the design requirements. After trying some basic signal strength software they turned to Ekahau Site Survey to provide comprehensive coverage reports.
Using Ekahau Site Survey they can now quickly check Wi-Fi coverage and identify poorly covered areas with ease.
John Bird, Network Architect at Eurotunnel was looking for a wireless survey tool that could verify Wi-Fi coverage in their lorry parks. Due to the nature of the site, vehicles were constantly moving around making it difficult to predict and deliver strong Wi-Fi coverage across the entire site.
John and his team needed a way to confirm the design requirements of the Wi-Fi had been met through a series of wireless site surveys. As the surveys needed to be conducted over a large outdoor space GPS integration would also be beneficial.
Initially they tried a basic handheld Wi-Fi signal strength testing tool. However this didn’t provide the team with enough information to effectively troubleshoot problem areas.
We recommend they looked at Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) as it performs hybrid site surveys, which means that one site survey walk-through is enough to collect it all: active survey (end-to-end or throughput), passive survey, and spectrum survey information. No pre-configuration is needed – just start surveying.
Its visual map-based analysis and real-time frequency monitor brings on-the-spot troubleshooting to a new level by combining spectrum and Wi-Fi data into one comprehensive, easy-to-read screen.
A network issues view summarises the Wi-Fi network condition; so it would show John and his team exactly where the network had failed and why.
What’s more ESS even has GPS enabled outdoor surveys, something the Eurotunnel team would really benefit from.