Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First Visit This Summer

This is the new housing unit for NSF researchers, referred to as Ukpik Nest 2. I think that it was originally set up when the oil companies were doing exploration west of Barrow. After they pulled out, it was available. Even though the building is fully wired, we simply installed some of the newer mesh network access points and installed one Ubiquity Nano for the whole building. It's working pretty good. The rooms are in good condition though it is "dorm style" housing with the bathrooms down the hall.

It has been overcast and in the 40s (°F) all day and overcast. And it looks like summer is mostly over. On the way to NARL, we saw that someone had landed a beluga on the beach. This is Barrow...

I had some tasks that needed to get done to resolve some issues that had arisen during the summer but it was all pretty straightforward. Starting tomorrow afternoon and possibly extending into Thursday are some meetings dealing with the transition of operational responsibility of the network to UIC. This will probably occur when the new terrestrial broadband service becomes available. I hear that service will be available starting in the first quarter of next year. I'm not sure what that really translates to. 

4 comments:

redlegsrides said...

New terrestrial broadband service? Fiber or OneWeb?

Trobairitz said...

And back to the north you return. Did you miss it?

RichardM said...

Fiber. Arctic Fiber project which would eventually connect Europe and Japan through the Northwest Passage.

RichardM said...

It is nice to be back on familiar ground. It'll be a sad day when this project is over. I've spent a lot of time and effort over the years...