The MERC-COW is a modified version of our MERC-Lite trailer that is designed to serve as a “small cell” deployable unit. The MERC-COW can be equipped with a small traditional cell unit or a FirstNet LTE deployable unit to provide Cellular and LTE service in areas where there is no signal or poor signal strength. The small size of the unit allows it to be deployed by as little as one technician, and with the hydraulic fold-over mast version it can tow through most standard parking garages for a roof deployment.
The MERC-COW is powered by a Cummins Onan 12,000 watt Quiet Diesel generator with a 91-gallon fuel tank, but an optional LP style generator is available. A VSAT auto-acquire satellite system allows it to offer network access anywhere in the world, providing a network connection that can be linked with a service provider to redistribute the cellular and/or LTE signal in an area with no coverage. A 40-foot pneumatic mast equipped with removable antenna arms provides a platform to mount antennas and video surveillance equipment to remotely monitor the MERC unit. A GPS tracking system provides remote monitoring of the MERC-Lite for location tracking purposes and attempted theft alerts.
The MERC-Lite is equipped with a climate controlled equipment cabinet that houses three 21u equipment racks mounted on airbags. A locking middle storage compartment allows communication and other necessary equipment to be transported with the unit. A custom manufactured 10X10X8 inflatable shelter can be secured around the rear of the trailer to provide complete access to all three equipment racks from inside the shelter. Three heating and cooling vents open from the rear of the trailer into the shelter powered by a 15,000 BTU heating and ac unit. The shelter provides mobile office space for up to 7 users but can be stored in a small storage bag on a cargo carrier for easy transport.