Problem: Alleyton Resource, a subsidiary of Summit Materials, is an integrated aggregates and ready-mix concrete company based in Houston, Texas. Alleyton operates seven sand and gravel sites and has eight ready-mix concrete plants in the west Houston metropolitan area. They had a remote site they were having trouble getting a wired connection to, so they were exploring using 4G as a primary internet connection. Given that this site only had a few people who would be using the network, it was a good fit. The greatest challenge was a limited cellular signal at the site, bringing reliability into question.
Solution: EnableIP had a solution for this site that could be rapidly deployed, and has experience working in remote areas and making the best out of what 4G/LTE signal is available at remote sites, at a fraction of the costs compared to other options. By utilizing a rapid deployment process, where we drop ship a configured Cradlepoint router to the site and install the boosters and antennas, we were able to get this site up and operating in only a few days, and Alleyton was able to utilize the EnableIP promotional Try/Buy offering, that allows clients to test drive our 4G solution before purchasing. It’s EnableIP’s way of putting our money where our mouth is, because after hundreds of successful deployments, we know that this solution works as advertised.
Headquarters: Richmond, TX
Initial Services: Alleyton Resources called on EnableIP again to fix the network downtime issues for one of their remote sites that was having frequent connectivity issues.Follow-on services: EnableIP deployed 4G as a wireless back-up to their primary connection that promotes failover and failback in the event of an outage. After seeing the improvements and reliability in the network for the first site, Alleyton Resources chose to use EnableIP’s Cloud Assurance solution for all of their available remote sites. Cloud Assurance provides a primary and back-up network connection, which, in this case, was internet.
We utilize two pieces of equipment to terminate the two services, and layer our 24/7 /365 NOC monitoring on top to manage it all in the case of an outage, which we monitor to isolate the issue and fix.
Also important to note, was the improvement in responsiveness and ease of doing business. We were able to provide a simple pricing plan with timely responses and a straight forward agreement in a few days, which Alleyton appreciated after doing years of business with other major providers that have slow responses and even slower processes.
The migration phase of the primary network went very smoothly as well with all sites migrated with network back-ups installed at all sites in less than three months.
Problem(s) solved: Network downtime at the initial remote site, then several additional remote sites, was largely removed thanks to a 4G network that uses Cradlepoint equipment and Cloud Assurance, and is covered by EnableIP’s 24/7/365 NOC monitoring, ensuring that Alleyton Resources’ remote network sites remain up and running. Business owners, CTOs, and IT managers are discovering that 4G/LTE, whether implemented as primary or backup service, provides the reliable solution they’ve been looking for, and its uptime benefits reduce the risks that threaten their businesses everyday. Couple the mitigation of downtime risks with the relatively low cost of 4G/LTE service, and small- to medium-sized businesses as well as enterprises can enjoy secure, uninterrupted connectivity even when nature (or humans) wreak havoc on other networks.