Integra protects the machinery of a connected world

These days, if you have nearly 100,000 excited fans about to watch the kickoff of a key NFL game, you can bet that tens of thousands of them are about to register their excitement with their friends at home by tweeting on Twitter, sharing on Facebook and uploading snaps to Instagram. That’s one of the reasons why NFL stadiums are being wired with vastly upgraded wi-fi systems that can allow up to 40,000 simultaneous users.

Football stadiums, however, are just one example of the much broader trend: Wi-fi is now expected in places it was never available before, including outdoor areas. Shopping centers, high-rise hotels and entire college campuses are just some examples of areas where wi-fi is now available. Of course it takes a lot of equipment to provide seamless service in these large public areas, and all of that equipment has to be protected, especially when the installation is outdoors.

That’s where Integra comes in.

The growing demands of an ever more connected society has pressed telecommunications companies to keep up by adding wireless equipment in more and more locations. That equipment has to be protected from theft, tampering and shielded from the weather.

One of the major reasons why polycarbonate enclosures work so well in this telecommunication industry is that the polycarbonate material does not block the wifi “waves” and the whole system can be placed inside of the enclosure. With metal boxes the antenna needs to be placed outside of the box because the “waves” do not pass through the metal box. This can be expensive because users then need to purchase more expensive weatherproof antenna’s that are then mounted to the box. With polycarbonate enclosuers everything can be placed safely inside the box and you do not have the enclosure material interfering with the wifi system.  Safe, cost effective, and better looking without things mounted or sticking out of the box.

The installation of wireless equipment in non-traditional locations, especially outdoors, highlights the advantages of Integra’s polycarbonate enclosures over traditional materials such as stainless steel or fiberglass. Integra’s polycarbonate enclosures not only provide weatherproof protection for electronic equipment, but they also remain attractive for 20 to 25 years because they do not corrode like metal enclosures can and won’t fade from exposure to ultraviolet light as fiberglass does. Polycarbonate also has the strength to withstand impact and still protect the sensitive equipment inside.

With more equipment being installed in non-traditional locations, flexibility is also important. Unlike stainless steel or fiberglass enclosures, polycarbonate enclosures are easily drilled, so you can create access for cables. Fiberglass is more likely to crack and drilling releases a dust that is dangerous to inhale and irritating to the skin. When working in areas that are hard to access or potentially dangerous, anything that simplifies the necessary modifications to an enclosure is an advantage.

For all these reasons, Integra polycarbonate enclosures make a lot of sense and provide a way to help the rapidly growing telecommunications industry keep up with its customers’ demand for even greater connectivity. For more information about the advantages of Integra’s polycarbonate enclosures, see complete technical information on our website.

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