Rajant showcases fully mobile, underground mine connectivity in Sydney, Australia for Aimex 2019 wit
Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Meshâ wireless networks, will be attending AIMEX, which takes place at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia. The event, which is considered the most significant mining event in the Asia-Pacific region, takes place August 27th – 29th, 2019 with Rajant joining their partners at Booth E131. Showcasing their collaborative solution for fully mobile, underground mine connectivity will be Rajant’s Australia-based distributor Madison Technologies, along with fellow technology providers Poynting Antennas, Extronics, and Australian Droid + Robot.
Underground mines and tunnels are some of the most challenging environments in which to deploy network systems. Connectivity and throughput demands are high, but circular ramps and declines, stopes, and mine layout place limitations on how far wireless signals can travel. Many mines, therefore, depend on fiber to achieve reliable underground communications, but installing fiber in active drives, panels and declines is difficult to schedule and can create operational and maintenance nightmares. In addition, development plus drill and blast areas can rarely support any fiber infrastructure. It is not uncommon for trucks to accidentally catch and rip down sections of fiber and when that happens connectivity across the entire underground mine can be lost.
Enter the solution made possible by the strategic partnership between Rajant, Poynting Antennas, Extronics, and Australian Droid + Robot.
Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh® provides a robust alternative to fiber and traditional single radio wireless systems using multi-radio, multi-frequency BreadCrumb® nodes, and Rajant’s patented InstaMesh® networking software. The nodes, combined with Poynting’s wide-band, bi-directional, circular polarized antenna system, create a complete underground and tunnel-wide wireless network for mission-critical data, video, and voice communications. According to Stephen Froneman, CEO of Poynting Antennas, “Presenting together at AIMEX is an opportunity for both world-renowned brands to leverage on each other’s international footprint of key relationships within the mining industry and other Industrial IoT markets. Both Poynting Antennas and Rajant represent quality and excellence in industrial IoT, which is of positive and powerful customer significance.”
Extronics rugged and intrinsically safe AeroScout Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags for personnel and asset tracking operate in real-time over Rajant’s network, which never breaks for handoff. With location tracking precision of about 10 meters, the tags can be used to identify productivity bottlenecks for improved operational efficiency.
Offers Rajant’s EVP of Sales & Marketing Geoff Smith, “With the greater safety, efficiency, and autonomy this underground network provides, it can support lifesaving as well as asset-protecting technologies within extreme hazardous mine environment.”
Australian Droid + Robot’s Explora droid has onboard Rajant BreadCrumb technology for underground inspections. With the mining industry facing increased, stringent safety and productivity mandates, they look to leverage bandwidth-intensive autonomous systems and applications. Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh maintains uninterrupted high throughput and low latency to overcome any interference, enabling the machine to independently scan, sense, and explore where hazardous to miners.
As the in-region APAC distributor, Paul Calabro shares, “Our partnership with Rajant Corporation, supporting innovative technology solutions for our targeted markets and customers, provides us with reassurance on the capabilities and integrity of their Kinetic Mesh solution. Through our joint marketing efforts at this AIMEX event, our focus on delivering high value, cost-effective outcomes provide the right basis of offering holistic solutions across the Rajant ecosystem of strategic partners.”