Brighton-based Aradatum has introduced a self-powered macro cell tower that utilizes a wind turbine in its design and can be placed in urban and rural locations.
The tower is designed to offer service in previously unreached and strategic locations needed to optimize advanced applications of 5G, fixed wireless access, citizens broadband radio service, neutral host, private networks, and edge computing.
Aradatum says the development of its self-powered wind turbine is the culmination of 11 years of product development, headed by a team of individuals with a foundation in wireless connectivity and energy technologies. The startup was formed in 2020.
“Our brand is focused in two specific areas,” says Larry Leete, president of Aradatum, “Our first focus is bringing communications and connectivity to areas that don’t have access to broadband, especially in those environments that are off the traditional path in more rural and suburban areas. Our second area of focus is supporting and enhancing the next generation of applications that will drive digital transformation.”
Unlocking the full potential of wireless applications will require infrastructure that can solve geographic and power challenges, the company says. While telecommunications are wireless, most macro towers still operate on a power cable.
Aradatum’s towers remove the need to run new power lines and frees its towers to move around. They are powered by renewable energy with energy storage.
“Our towers completely redefine where a cell tower can go and how they’re powered. Energy is the highest of all operating expenses for telecom businesses today,” says Paul Schneider, vice president of marketing and business development for Aradatum.
Such technology removes barriers to bring applications such as self-driving vehicles, robotic surgery, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and more to many corners of the world.