Rajant recently announced the addition of its fourth-generation BreadCrumb Peregrine wireless mesh networking system at Anglo’s first operation in South Africa.
The system, which offers a four- to six-time increase in throughput capacity, will also support applications for mine production systems, including proximity detection, fatigue management, and tele-remote drilling.
Reyno Eksteen, BU Head, SCAN RF Projects, noted that, with a substantial increase in performance of the new-generation Peregrine BreadCrumbs, its customers 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,” Eksteen added.
Once implemented, Anglo American confirmed a considerable increase in capacity of the Rajant Peregrine within its pit network, allowing the introduction of technologies in areas of its operation where it was previously impossible. That, in turn, allowed the mine to scale the overall network with the operation’s demands quickly, which the company said brought a much higher bandwidth closer within areas of its pit production environment.
The Peregrine supports a maximum combined data rate of 2.3 Gbps and up to six times the enhanced throughput performance over existing Rajant BreadCrumbs.
“It offers multiple MIMO radio interfaces, high throughput and enhanced security performance with up to 256-QAM and 80 MHz channels,” Rajant pointed out. “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.”