Mountain top remote access

Summit Weather

Anyone who has ever gone skiing with kids understands the sheer amount of gear required. On one such trip recently, our planned departure was hastened by the threat of severe weather. As the forecast grew more dire by the hour we decided to head up north a day early rather than risk missing two days on the slopes.

If packing for a ski trip with kids is a complicated endeavor then doing it in a rush makes it much more so and no matter how much we plan and organize there is usually something left behind. This last trip didn’t disappoint. When we unpacked after a late arrival we discovered that in an effort to see if her boots fit, my 10 year old had left one of them at home in her room. The next morning we worked a stop at the rental shop into the plans and finally arrived on the slopes fully geared. It was then that the nasty weather arrived. Gale winds, heavy snow, and bitter cold.

The weather deteriorated throughout the day, and before taking our last few runs we took a break at the summit lodge. The cafe shared the same ice covered structure with the ski patrol and recovery station. This building also housed some third party telecom and broadcasting gear.

Running a network is like planning a ski trip, but a missing boot is an inconvenience, whereas a down network used by the Ski Patrol to keep the mountain safe is another thing entirely. Opengear provides remote management solutions to solve these and many other types of problems. In the time it would take to gear up and ascend to the summit in a storm, the problem could be diagnosed and repaired remotely even if the network is down.

And the best part is, you won’t even even need two ski boots to do it.

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