AES Network Continued Operating at Optimum Performance During Flood Crisis
PerMar first adopted using AES mesh radio technology when Analog radios were phasing out and moving to GSM (2G) radios. The company chose AES Corporation for a long term solution to avoid having to upgrade systems and replace units every time there was another cellular upgrade. After a successful rollout at locations with the largest density of 2G radios that needed to be replaced, the company decided to add AES technology at additional branches and continue to grow its AES network in its respective areas.
In September 2016, Per Mar experienced some flooding in Central Iowa threatening its office in Cedar Rapids. It made the decision to move out of the building and put up three to four feet of sandbags around the structure to keep the water out. Many years prior to having AES installed at that branch, the company was in a similar situation, but the building ended up being a total loss of property. This time around, they were better prepared to deal with the flooding emergency.
IP Links relocated
disruption of service
After the river crested and the water receded, there was no damage to the office. Per Mar has a pair of two IP Links installed at each branch location. Since the company had to evacuate the building and relocate to a secure temporary office space at a local community college, it was able to move the IP Links one at a time to the temporary location. The AES radios did exactly what they are supposed to do and rerouted themselves to the new locations of the IP Links, allowing Per Mar to maintain its network without a disruption in service. Per Mar moved the IP Links back to their original branch locations, again one at a time, and the AES subscribers were able to automatically reroute themselves. Its AES network continued operating at optimum performance during the flood crisis.