On October 27, 2010 tornados hit central NC destroying homes and businesses. Sauder Woodworking, one of the nation’s largest furniture manufactures was one of these companies that received severe damage at their distribution location in NC. RF-Works received a call on October 29, 2010 asking if we could help get the voice and data communications back up and running at a location near to where they were located. The temporary site was ¾ of a mile away and in view from the roof. The local telephone company told Sauder that it was going to be several weeks to have their T1’s moved. RF-Works deployed engineers on Friday October 29, 2010 with gear in hand to see what they could do to help their long term customer get back to being operational.
Local Photos of storm that hit on 10-27-10
Local photos of destruction on 10-27-10
When the engineers arrived on site this is what they found.
The entire warehouse area and the offices had been flooded and were being dried out. The network was up in the office area so the engineers identified a location on the roof that was stable and in line of sight of the temporary location. A non-penetrating roof mount was built on site with a directional antenna with a 5 GHz RF bridge in a temporary enclosure on the old and new location to re-establish voice and data communications to get their distribution location back up and running.
Temporary non-penetrating roof mount with RF gear operational.
Temporary non-penetrating roof mount on new location.
View from roof of new location back at damaged location.
New location antenna.
November 1, 2011 update.
The location RF-Works set up as temporary moved to yet another location. The Sauder personnel were able to just move the RF bridges and point them at one another without outside intervention continuing to keep their network up and running. The temporary bridges are still up and operational after a year.