Smart Tower: a Computer Controlled Antenna System

computer controlled antenna system

What Is the SMART Tower?

This automated telescoping mast can be controlled and monitored remotely. It can operate on full automatic. Its controls, which are programmable, can set height, fully retract the antenna sections into each other. It can even report meteorological data.

 Any unguyed tower, as well as any trailer unit, can be fitted with this modification.

Its technology transmits location, height and wind speed data. The end user can utilize this data to fully retract the tower in high wind conditions or determine and set desired tower height.

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SMART Tower Control Panel

The operator can control the tower via text messaging. You can also choose to install the SMART  technology on any Aluma trailer unit. SMART technology gives not just tower control, but also the capability to control the Aluma generator and HVAC system located in the communication shelter. All these commands can be executed via text message.

Sometimes a text message alerts the user before initiating a response. Or the device can be set to simply report and respond without further human intervention. This is done by configuring presets on a keypad.

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computer controlled antenna system

Operators are offered two options

First, to operate the computer controlled antenna system remotely via text messaging.

Second, to control via HMI touch screen located inside the shelter (not remotely). There are few steps one must follow in order to operate this system via SMS messaging.

To get the computer controlled antenna system working: First, the operator must log in. Once logged in, the operator has a series of action and non-action command options for communicating with tower, generator or HVAC.

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SMART tower with wind anemometer

If the SMART System receives an action command from the operator it will respond within seconds acknowledging the operator’s command with a text message stating request accepted. Simple non-action commands are used in order to receive live data from the tower/generator/HAVAC. E.g. Typical status means tower height, wind speed, and location. gen status provides current fuel level, amperage, volts. temp status provides shelter temperature.

In summary, the SMART Technology computer controlled antenna system is a unique piece of equipment that affords the operator options never offered or imagined capable in this tower industry before.

A Complete Computer Controlled Antenna System

Other distinctive features of the SMART automatic telescoping mast include our High Wind Alarm. This alarm activates the system to automatically take control of the tower unit in extreme wind situations. Here is the sequence. The  unit alerts the operator with an SMS text message. Upon receipt of the message, the operator has the option to bypass this feature and keep the tower up. (Note: we strongly advise against keeping the tower aloft in high wind.) However, if the operator ignores the warning message within a given time frame, the tower will lower itself.

Shortly after the anemometer senses drop in wind speed below a safe set point, the tower will automatically raise itself. When this process is complete, the SMART System alerts the operator with a tower raised message.

SMART Technology Battery Recharging

Another feature is the generator’s ability to self-start in order to recharge batteries after a certain period of time and maintain fuel in the lines. The SMART Technology comes equipped with 30-day battery backup system. The possibilities are broad when using the Aluma Tower Company, Inc. SMART Technology. Our complex PLC system can be programmed to meet every customer’s needs. The possibilities are broad when using the Aluma Tower Company, Inc. SMART Technology. Our complex PLC system can be programmed to meet every customer’s needs.     Smart Tower Models

TOWER MODEL T2-100UG T2-85UG T2-60UG T-35UG T-40UG T-50UG
MAXIMUM HEIGHT W/ MAST 103 FT 80 FT 58 FT 32 FT 40 FT 47 FT
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 1300 LBS 950 LBS 800 LBS 345 LBS 365 LBS 415 LBS
MAXIMUM PAY LOAD 350 LBS 350 LBS 400 LBS 300 LBS 300 LBS 300 LBS
MAXIMUM WIND LOAD 18 SQ. FT. 23 SQ. FT. 30 SQ. FT. 28 SQ. FT. 25 SQ. FT. 23 SQ. FT.

 

TOWER MODEL T-60UG T-75UG T-85UG T-100UG
MAXIMUM HEIGHT W/ MAST 56 FT 67 FT 80 FT 103 FT
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 455 LBS 525 LBS 600 LBS 750 LBS
MAXIMUM PAY LOAD 250 LBS 250 LBS 250 LBS 250 LBS
MAXIMUM WIND LOAD 22 SQ. FT. 18 SQ. FT. 14 SQ. FT. 10 SQ. FT.