Rajant Deploys Mesh Networking Solution for South African Mine
Tuesday, August 02, 2022 | Comments

Rajant deployed its fourth-generation BreadCrumb Peregrine, which provides a four-to-six time increase in overall throughput capacity, enabling a host of new applications, at a South African mine.

The Peregrine deployment, the first in South Africa with Anglo American, supports applications for mine production systems, including proximity detection, fatigue management and tele-remote drilling.

“Rajant has always been the leader in industrial wireless mesh networking,” states Reyno Eksteen, business unit head, SCAN RF Projects. “With the substantial increase in performance of the new generation Peregrine BreadCrumbs, our customers now can support applications that require more bandwidth. Because all Rajant BreadCrumb models are fully backward compatible, it makes migrating to the latest higher-capacity radio nodes much easier while still redeploying the existing BreadCrumbs to other parts of the network to get the most out of the customer’s investment.”

After successful implementation, Anglo American confirmed a considerable increase in capacity of the Rajant Peregrine within its pit network, enabling the company to become more innovative by introducing technologies in areas of its operation where it was previously impossible. This allows the mine to scale the overall network with the operation's demands quickly, bringing much higher bandwidth closer within areas of its pit production environment. The new Peregrine BreadCrumb provides impressive performance with the same robust hardware which can withstand the harsh conditions of an open-pit mine.

The Peregrine supports a maximum combined data rate of 2.3 Gbps and up to 6X enhanced throughput performance over existing Rajant BreadCrumbs. The Peregrine is part of Rajant’s initiative to develop deeply integrated solutions that securely combine data from connected people, vehicles, machines and sensors, with machine learning. This data combination unlocks the benefits of process optimization, digital twins, predictive analytics, condition-based maintenance, augmented reality and virtual reality while improving worker safety. The Peregrine is interoperable with all BreadCrumb radio nodes to expand market capabilities for industries like mining, rail, shipping ports, public safety, agriculture and heavy construction.

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