RESOLUTE Partners set up a fixed wireless network as part of an energy management system at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, CA. The base is known formally as the MarineCorps Air Ground Combat Center, or MCAGCC, and is the largest Marine base and one of the largest military training areas in the world. Its area covers 932 square miles – more than Los Angeles and Dallas combined.
MCAGCC had an EMCS (energy management and control system) in a number of buildings connected by a fiber-based network. But fiber was proving problematic. Some sites were not in the network, and in the rest, outages were common. Fiber cables were often broken inadvertently by heavy trucks and construction crews. And if one section of the network broke, the base’s energy management team lost control of all devices connected in that loop.