Since then, Rajant has come a long way, strengthening its computer networking capabilities and providing organizations with cutting-edge mesh network technology to drive results during mission-critical moments. However, the company’s foray into the mining space was rather unexpected and coincidental, according to Schena. “Our participation in mining was a wonderful accident,” he says. Rajant’s wireless broadband solutions were designed to be easy to set up and use for first responders. This feature proved to be extremely resourceful for architecting communication channels across a mining project. Leveraging its proprietary BreadCrumb wireless nodes, the company establishes Kinetic Mesh for industrial wireless infrastructure that spans the entire mining site. Hundreds of these nodes can be installed and linked expeditiously, and their self-configuring capabilities empower miners with a high bandwidth industrial Wi-Fi network. Moreover, such a product eliminates the industry-wide challenge of inconsistent connectivity while also improving GPS systems’ precision in vehicles.
And, as the world moves toward automation, Rajant is steadily keeping pace with AI-powered networking competencies. “Our automation technologies and applications allow network operators to have full, three-dimensional control over aerial, terrestrial, and underground machinery and equipment,” adds Schena. To best elaborate on this matter, Rajant’s recent collaboration with Hitachi to deploy an autonomous hauling system in an Australian coal mine showcases the company’s resourcefulness perfectly. The goal of the project was to create a network of fully-connected, automated mining vehicles. “Our wireless network deployed across a vast number of mobile and fixed infrastructure easily met the requirements to support and enable Hitachi’s autonomous operations,” adds Schena. What further aided the project’s success was Rajant’s ability to retrofit Hitachi systems onto existing vehicles, which expanded their scope and market significantly.
With such intuitive products and technologies to offer, the company stands ahead of the curve in today’s mining industry. Moving forward, Rajant intends to continue expanding its radio and other wireless technology’s capabilities with extensive R&D and drive maximum data throughput from its devices. The company’s highly complex yet elegant mesh networking solutions are paving the way for the most robust and uninterrupted wireless connectivity for mining the world has seen thus far.
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