Firetide :: Mobility Controller


Firetide Mobility Controller

Working in concert with mesh nodes and network management software, the Firetide Mobility Controller (FMC 2000) delivers high speed infrastructure mobility and seamless client roaming. With the Mobility Controller, Ethernet enabled devices such as network video cameras, Wi-Fi access points, RFID readers, and laptop computers maintain network connectivity while traveling at high speeds across multiple networks and IP domains.

Log into just one device – FMC 2000 – and get all the information about the mobile network – where the mobile nodes are, where they are moving, where they are currently attached or connected – Across all Meshes/Networks. FMC-2000 provides one big umbrella view over all the mesh networks spread around to form the network.

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Thanks to the DNA of our mesh technology, you can have a core client network and a roaming network. FMC-2000 connects the core network to the roaming network. The FMC 2000 is the mobility brain. Physically, it is a hardware appliance, different from the HotPort mesh nodes. The FMC 2000 typically resides in a Network Operations Center and connects to the wired infrastructure.

MANAGEMENT

The FMC 2000 facilitates the gather and transfer of all management information related to the mobile mesh. It makes the “Mobility View” possible. This is the special GUI on HotView which shows the mobile nodes, their current attachment points to the mobility mesh and their transitions across the mobility mesh.

The FMC 2000 also handles all the alarms emanating from the mobile nodes. It serves as load manager for the management traffic and streamlines the transfer of management information between the mobile nodes and the HotView Server.

SECURITY

The FMC 2000 makes mobility secure via two mechanisms:

  1. Authentication of mobile nodes: When a mobile node is added to the network, it has to be authenticated to ensure security. This authentication is required on a periodic basis to maintain integrity of the system.
  2. Access Control Lists: Unauthorized mobile nodes are prevented from participating in a mobility mesh by using an Access Control List (ACL) which is maintained on the FMC 2000.

SOFTWARE UPGRADE

The FMC 2000 automatically sends the software upgrades to the mobile nodes and ensures that they are all in sync with the latest version of firmware loaded on the FMC 2000. 

CONFIGURATION

The FMC 2000 maintains the mobile node configuration and simplifies it. 

SCALABILITY

A single FMC 2000 is capable of supporting:

  • Up to 64 Meshes or 2048 Static Nodes (spread over 64 meshes)
  • Up to 1024 Mobile nodes across all meshes.
  • Up to 32 mobile nodes per static node.

Mobile infrastructure is tremendously useful in continuous video surveillance, digital signage in moving vehicles and as mobile command centers for public safety first responders . In a nutshell, the applications of the mobility are only limited by imagination.

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