Common problems for Elenos and his customers are represented by:
- Equipment often installed on hard to reach places, like the top of tall mountains, since due to the nature of the transmission process the higher the transmitter is located, the farther the signal’s reach will be
- Maintainers have to physically reach the transmitter locations for every event that may occur, which results in high maintenance costs
- Events or alarms that may occur must be promptly notified to staff and precise information about what happened can be fundamental for taking decisions on what to do
- A transmitter’s failure can lead to a stop of the whole transmitting station and can last for many hours or even days, depending on the severity of the damage. This can lead to loss of advertising’s revenue
- Energy savings: during the night a typical FM station has a big audience drop and the necessary power to transmit can be significantly reduced with huge savings in electricity bills. In fact we’re talking about devices in the order of 3060 KW of power output, so reducing to half the transmission power can make a big difference.
- Diversification of the business
In collaboration with Elenos, we have engineered an integrated solution to solve all the aforementioned problems and we ended up with an architecture like the following:
As you can see it’s a fairly modular and complete architecture, with a messaging layer composed by the transmitters sending data and events (alarms) to SpaceBunny as well as receiving commands and software configurations through it.
The second layer of the architecture is composed by Elenos’ custom management software, that is in charge of handling all the basic informations of the transmitters, their users and so on. This management unit interfaces with SpaceBunny and acts as a shared database for the whole set of new software services that Elenos is developing and providing to its customers.
The third layer of the architecture is composed of (typically) small applications, each one represents a specific service that a customers can buy. In the next images we’ll show as an example the “Map” application which shows to a customers his transmitters on a map and gives him at a glance all the live operating parameters as well as an history of occurred events. The user can also access the transmitter management console with features like “Start”, “Stop” as well as other fancy panels reporting live data like the transmitting frequency, the operating power and so on.
The web UI