Across the US, Bowen Engineering Corporation is the self-performing construction contractor of choice for the energy and industrial sector since 1967.

“Through the use of Pepwave wireless solution – internet access and availability of our internal network resources has exceeded our engineering, construction and project team members expectations. By using Pepwave, our teams are assured of connectivity and obtainability of internet and network resources no matter where the site is located!”

– Paul Bravard, Network and Systems Administrator, Bowen Engineering Corporation.
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Challange

The main challenge Bowen has faced time and again is searching for network providers for each new site. This is often a time consuming process since each site could belong to the service area of a different provider. In addition to that, setup lead time is often an unknown factor.

It was important for Bowen to instantly deploy a network with access to the Internet and VPN as soon as their team arrives on site. They needed to do so with simplicity in mind whether they’re dealing with the design, migration or the deployment.

Solution

Depending on the site’s situation, Bowen would deploy MAX 700, MAX HD2, MAX HD4 and the MAX On-The-Go. The main reason for choosing the MAX series is that it provides flexibility and choice to implement what is available and appropriate at each given site. For example, Bowen could use top-up SIM cards from multiple providers for resilience in the HD2 and HD4 series. Or they could mix up the cellular USB modems with multiple DSL lines for failover or to avoid data overages on the MAX 700. They could also acquire up to 4 USB cellular modems and slot them all into the MAX On-The-Go’s USB ports for plug and play simplicity.

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Result

Peplink’s solution allows Bowen to enjoy highly available, easy to install and maintain networks. They have now significantly minimized the impact on construction team start, setup and operational time. The devices are an important factor in providing what the team needs. They help to reduce delays, make accurate forecasts and reliable decisions, and lowering overall risks.

Bowen plans to make use of Peplink features and expand their infrastructure to support instant collaboration using handheld devices. Project data, emails, plans, blueprints can be safely and securely transmitted between personnel, sites, and headquarters. Most importantly, they can do this without having to incur unnecessary cost of data plans for each individual device.

Deployment