Product

BATS is a proprietary communication technology developed by n-hop technologies. The core of the technology is an advanced network coding scheme running on a piece of hardware called the BATS box. The application of BATS to wireless multi-hop networks can greatly enhance the throughput of such networks.

System Architecture Example

A system consisting of a chain of WiFi-linked nodes called BATS boxes and a set of backend server(s).

Products:

A. BATS box

  1. Include BATS network communication protocol.
  2. Include BATS encoder, recoder, and decoder.
  3. Include hardware and software monitoring agents.

B. Backend server

  1. Optional decoder module
  2. Monitoring system
  3. Registration system
  4. Licensing and authentication system

Detailed description

A. BATS box hardware highlight (refer to product HW spec)

  • Intel Quad core Atom CPU
  • Fanless design
  • 8GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD storage
  • USB 2.0 (ext)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dual 802.11n/ac 5.8GHz WiFi cards
  • Include two directional antennas (hor. +/- 30o, vert. +/- 15 o)
  • Support IP65
  • Linux based operating system with hardening

A1. BATS communication protocol

  • Featured in a multi-hop WiFi network.
  • End point(s) connected to a fixed or mobile network.
  • Use WiFi 802.11n/ac communication standard.
  • Use 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz unlicensed ISM band.
  • Pre-defined network topology linking.
  • Automatic link hop-over when communication fails or a node down.
  • Bi-directional data routing.
  • Support WiFi AP sharing.

A2. BATS encoder/recoder/decoder software

  • Encoder: encodes the data from the data source. The data source can be from Ethernet, USB device, or from a local node.
  • Recoder: runs at intermediate nodes to relay traffic from the WiFi trunk.
  • Decoder: generates the source data and sends them to a destination such as the client of an AP for WiFi sharing.

A3. BATS Box hardware and software monitoring agent

  • Hardware watchdog: can be programmed based on the monitoring interval and trigger a power cycle.
  • Software monitoring agent: sends monitor system parameters such as CPU utilization, WiFi signal strength, process healthiness, etc.

B1. Backend server – decoder module

  • Source data decoded at the backend instead of at the node.
  • Recommended for high traffic.

B2. Backend server – Monitoring system

  • Web interface to present the system data collected from the agent at the nodes.
  • A dashboard to provide an overview of the system.
  • Device list view to show the status and details of each node.
  • Alert list to show the abnormality of the nodes.
  • Map view to show the geographic location of the nodes.

B3. Backend server – Registration system

  • Keep an inventory of the nodes.
  • Maintain the nodes by keeping the system images and configurations.

B4. Licensing and Authentication system

  • Periodically check and authenticate the nodes to prevent unauthorized use of the system.

Deployment options:

  1. BATS boxes: a) 1-50 nodes, b) 51-200 nodes, c) 200 nodes or above
  2. Backend server: a) 1-50 nodes, b) 51-200 nodes, c) 200 nodes or above

* Consultancy service for deployment available.

Notes on BATS box: The length of each WiFi chain (with remote access) and the
aggregated WiFi bandwidth per chain are recommended to be less than 20 and
80Mbps, respectively.

Notes on backend server:

Deployment optionabc
Chassis19” rackmount19” rackmount19” server farm
CPUXeon 2.0GHz aboveXeon 3.0GHz aboveXeon 3.0GHz above
RAM16GB32GB32GB+
Storage240GB SSD240×2(sys) + nTB(data)240×2(sys) +nTB(data)
Gigabit ethernet12+2+

Option 1: with decoding capability
Option 2: without decoding capability