For the month of June 2019, the Future Technologies Project Management Organization would like to award the CREW OF THE MONTH to NBD COW crew #1!

The crew had a successful month without any issues related to safety, quality or customer interaction. Further their performance related to time on site yielded a positive result for the company.

This crew’s abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of our entire operation. Please take a moment to congratulate and thank these guys for their continued efforts and focus to be daily contributors to our customer business tasking.

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The crew had a successful month without any issues related to safety, quality or customer interaction. Further their performance related to time on site yielded a positive result for the company.

 This crew’s abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of our entire operation. Please take a moment to congratulate and thank these guys for their continued efforts and focus to be daily contributors to our customer business tasking.

Keep up the great work! #TEAMFUTURETECH

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What was your first job?   Played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of college for 3-1/2 years, but my first “real” job was working at Delta Airlines as a temporary employee delivering mail to the airplanes.  I worked at Delta for 10 years and left as a Buyer of wheels, brakes, and landing gear parts for Delta’s fleet.

Favorite food?  Barbecue Ribs/Seafood

 Career highlight you’re most proud of?   Joined an amazing group of motivated people at Future Technologies almost 7 years ago and I’m proud to have contributed and been a part of our incredible growth.  We have become a dynamic, industry leading organization with an unmatched reputation and I’m definitely proud of that!

Favorite sports team?  University of Georgia Football/Baseball – GO DAWGS!

Best piece of advice you have ever received?   My Grandpa used to always tell me, “Never spend time worrying about things that are out of your control.”  He was a wise man and that has always stuck with me.

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What was your first job? My first opportunity was as Computer Lab tutor at Passaic County Community College.

Favorite food?  Fried fish with fried plantains

Career highlight you’re most proud of?   Having the opportunity to work alongside our CFO and become part of the fabulous Future Tech executive team.

Best piece of advice you have ever received? The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.

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Written By Andrew Shaver - Director of Product Line Management

There is no substitute for a proper microwave path design using professional planning tools. Along with a field line of sight survey, this is a mandatory step prior to deploying any microwave equipment to ensure that the link is dimensioned to meet the required performance criteria.

However, sometimes site details might be unavailable or not finalized yet, and a rough estimate of link performance is enough for initial planning purposes. This is where a (region-specific) reach table can come in handy to provide some high-level performance expectations ahead of a more detailed round of planning.

Each microwave path is unique, with varying geographic factors that will affect link performance. A 1-mile link in Miami will have a different annual predicted availability than a nearly identical path planned in Las Vegas, so it is important to understand how certain links will behave in different markets.

With a little up-front work, a reach table can be prepared that shows the achievable link distances under different scenarios. For example, you could show and compare typical reach distances using different frequencies and antenna sizes at different target capacities and annual availabilities.

The example below shows 1 Gbps options at a 99.995% availability, across different frequency, antenna size, and channel bandwidth options, in the Austin, Texas region.

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Based on this example, you could quickly estimate that for links requiring 1 Gbps at 99.995% that are less than 2.5 miles, you could reasonably budget based on 18 and 23 GHz, while longer links should consider 11 GHz (or potentially 6 GHz). This is particularly useful in heavily congested regions where 11 and 6 GHz channels may be more difficult to obtain, and focusing on 18 and 23 GHz might reduce design and coordination iterations.   

Proper path-specific designs using professional planning tools are a must, but for high-level planning purposes, whether that be as a sales aid or to quickly dimension a large network in a short amount of time, reach tables can be a very useful tool to help understand expected microwave performance.

Future Technologies has 20 years of experience planning, building, and maintaining wireless broadband networks, working with several leading equipment vendors, with in-house planning expertise. We would be happy to discuss your requirements and to help assess any link options you might be considering, or to help generate a reach table for an area of interest!

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Peter Cappiello, Chief Executive Officer for Future Technologies Venture, says: “Ericsson is a world-class equipment provider, and we’re excited about this collaboration. This agreement allows us the opportunity to integrate Ericsson’s products into our portfolio to provide our customers with top-tier offerings.”   This multi-year agreement also allows Ericsson to expand reach into key market verticals such as utilities, oil and gas, mining and government. We are excited for what the future holds!

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Future Technologies Venture, LLC has taken another step forward in its strategic growth plan by appointing Edgar Ochoa to the position of Director of Sales – LATAM. Based in Mexico and having earned a Masters of Engineering in Telecommunications Technology Management from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, along with over 17 years of experience in different sales and engineering functions with organizations such as Toshiba Medical Systems, Alestra – AT&T, and Redline Communications Inc, Mr. Ochoa brings a wealth of experience to our dynamic team. As we continue our global growth, Edgar will have responsibility for driving sales initiatives in LATAM and the Caribbean.

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Future Technologies is proud to welcome Mikhail Boev to our talented project management team to help us design, build and maintain PRIVATE LTE networks. “Future Technologies is committed to hiring the most talented candidates in the industry to help our company and our customers build out their private network infrastructure.” Peter Cappiello, CEO, Future Technologies.

With over 18 years of experience with ERICSSON and CISCO, Mikhail is well positioned to help Future Technologies continue our growth in the IOT market with Private LTE.  “Through Mikhail’s formal education and 18+ years of experience in deploying complex telecommunication networks, we are confident that Mikhail is going to help our company be successful in deploying PRIVATE LTE networks for our industrial clients in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Utility and Rail sectors,” said Jimmy Bakakis, VP Global Strategy.

Welcome to #TEAMFUTURETECH Mikhail! #PRIVATELTE

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Future Technologies Venture, LLC is happy to announce Michael Jones as our Vice President - Site Development Division (SDD). Michael will be responsible to help Future Technologies grow our market share in these service areas through his leadership and experience.

Our Site Development Division is focused on delivering high quality professional services to help our customers prepare for their deployments through Site Acquisition, A&E, Environmental and Raw Land site deployments.

“Our company has seen growing demands for these services in our private network customers whom are building out purpose built networks for automation and autonomous use cases, as well as our Tier 1 carrier customers for 5G and Small cell. Having Michael join the team to lead this growth area was a perfect fit based upon his extensive experience and reputation” Peter added.

With over 20 years of overall experience, Michael has worked for a tier one carrier deploying 1000’s of new sites and also been on the full turnkey vendor side. Through this experience Michael is uniquely positioned to help our customers succeed in their site developments.

Welcome to TEAM FUTURE TECH Michael!

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Sierra Introduces their RV55 which can be used in both fixed and mobile applications. The LTE-A Pro (CAT12) device supports 600Mbps/150Mbps (DL/UL) along with optional dual serial inputs to help connect to legacy equipment.

The inherent GNSS that allows for precision location tracking and the Dual WiFi option makes this a great fit for many mobility applications. Compound that with the Dual Sim capabilities and Class I Div2 certification makes the RV55 the best compact ruggedized option to keep your mobile workforce connected.

These same modems can easily be used for fixed applications as well such as SCADA, well head automation, track side, flow meters, traffic control, intelligent signange among many others.

Manage all of these devices over a single pain of glass using Sierra’s Airlink Management Service. ALMS enables over-the-air registration, configuration and software updates across all of their Airlink gateways and routers.

Future Tech will plan, stage and pre-configure these modems for you to allow for quick efficient installs while avoiding DOAs and other issues causing down time on site.

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Future Technologies is proud to announce our expansion into ELKO, NEVADA as part of our STRATEGIC GROWTH plan to open deployment offices close to our most important customers. 

Future Technologies will be providing IN-MARKET, Project Management, Design/Engineering, Construction/Deployment, Staff Augmentation, and Support/Sustainment/Maintenance services for our industrial customers in the region for all their network needs.

“We look forward to leveraging this strategic deployment office to support our current and prospective customers in this region to help them design, build, consolidate and support their complex industrial communications networks,” said Peter Cappiello, CEO. 

Through this investment Future Technologies will be uniquely positioned to provide END-TO-END capabilities to implement our reference architecture solutions for our MINING and UTILITY customers alike. 

 Solution offerings will include:

* Private LTE

* Wi-Fi 

* Mesh

* Licensed Microwave

* Fiber

* Autonomous Networks

* Automation Networks 

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Future Technologies completes another specialty site deployment via the pictured Water Tank re-location in the South East region for a tier 1 carrier. Future Technologies Network Build team worked with our tier 1 carrier customer on an expedited basis to remove an existing cell site off a water tank that required maintenance. We deployed a Cell on Wheels (COW) solution to put site back into service and once the utility completed the rehabilitation project on the Water Tank our team re-deployed to install the 4G LTE site back on to the water tank and put the site back into service.

 

Future Technologies delivers these solutions to our customers based upon these key components:

 

  • Experience: Future Technologies has delivered over 200 specialty deployments in the last few years

  • In House Resources: Future Technologies self-performs all of this specialty work with W-2 trained and specialized employees

  • End to End Approach: Future Technologies completes the survey, site plan, initial deployment, final deployment, integration and site clean up to make it simple for our customers

  • Team: Future Technologies has a specialized project team that focuses on these complex deployments to execute these projects efficiently and with safety

 

Please feel free to reach out to us with any emergency deployments, disaster recovery, Cell on Wheels (COWs), Tower on Wheels (TOWs) and any forced relocations (Tower or Rooftop).

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The Future Technologies (FT) Project Management Organization (PMO) has voted your NBD FT crew #3 the February 2019 FT crew of the month!

 Congratulations on this honor and thank you for your continued efforts and focus to be a daily contributor to our customer business tasking.

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The Future Technologies (FT) Project Management Organization (PMO) has voted this NBD FT Uniti crew the January 2019 FT crew of the month!

 Congratulations on this honor and thank you for your continued efforts and focus to be a daily contributor to our customer business tasking.

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Future Technologies was happy to host one of our large multi-national Oil and Gas customers for a 2-day technical workshop to discuss best practices for connectivity in their digital oil fields with a Cambium Networks solution. Through Future Technologies’ investment into our state-of-the-art lab and training center (pictured below), we were able to duplicate the end-customer’s licensed microwave (Cambium PTP820C-HP) and point-to-multipoint wireless solution (Cambium Medusa).  

 FT is uniquely positioned to combine theory/classroom training, detailed network planning, best practices and hands on installation training all at one location. As a result of this capability we are able to work with our customers to discuss the whole deployment lifecycle including:

 

·         Conceptual Network Design

·         RF Planning

·         Detailed Network Design / Configuration Planning

·         Project Planning / Schedule Creation

·         Installation Standards Document Creation

·         Close Out Package Document Creation

·         Network Testing Procedures

Spending a couple of days virtually in the customer’s network as a team allows us to be more aware of requirements, issues and challenges.  Working together in a controlled environment to PLAN & EXECUTE project objectives is the most efficient way to achieve the desired results, which is a high performance, reliable and secure network.

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As part of Future Technologies growth plan, we have opened an office in Lakeland, Florida to support our clients in Northern Florida. This Florida office expands our existing footprint in the southeast and provides us with the opportunity to create additional employment opportunities and better support our customers. #growth #utilities #FIRSTNET #wireless #smartgrid

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Future Technologies Venture, LLC has taken another step forward in its strategic growth plan by appointing Jimmy Bakakis to the position of Vice President – Global Strategy.  Based in Montreal, Canada, and with over 13 years of experience managing complex sales organizations on a global scale, Mr. Bakakis will have responsibility for driving the strategy for the growth of Future Technologies target verticals (Mining, Transportation, Utilities, Service Provider, Oil & Gas, Government) in international markets that include Canada, EMEA and the Caribbean.  

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Future Technologies is proud to award Joel Rivera the Employee of the Quarter Award for 4th Quarter 2018. Joel and his crew exemplified consistency, workmanship, and safety throughout the 4th quarter doing LTE adds on a FIRSTNET related project. Joel personally shows daily leadership to help guide his team to safe and productive outcomes each day.

Through Joel's crews efforts and our other team members, Future Technologies finished the 2018 year strong.

Keep up the great work Joel!

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Future Tech will be offering exclusive demo kits for either indoor or outdoor WiFi access points powered by a POE switch and managed by cnMaestro at DistribuTECH (Booth 722). Cambium offers various high quality WiFi access points without all the licensing fees carried by their competitors. Their new cnMatrix switch line offers policy based automation, auto device segmentation, and can power their WiFi access points along with their traditional broadband radios that take 48VDC. These products are supported by their award winning management platform, the cnMaestro.  

Demo these products now by grabbing a “WiFi Network in a Box” at introductory pricing.

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