Field trials are the next step for a teaming between Caterpillar and Rajant after the latter’s wireless system, Rajant Kinetic Mesh BreadCrumbs LX5 CA radios, was validated with Caterpillar’s MineStar Command for hauling systems.
Rajant said that, as the leading provider of Kinetic Mesh networking systems, it aims to use its fully autonomous nodes to achieve high performance even under ever-changing conditions. Its patented InstaMesh routing technology offers Rajant networks dynamic network connections in a mobile environment, routing traffic through the best available route as network topology is constantly changing.
The company’s wireless nodes have multiple radios operating at different frequencies and route traffic through mobile nodes to improve connectivity and throughput in dynamic environments. This approach creates more available radio paths, delivering uninterrupted communications where other solutions have failed. The next step is to validate the solution with Command for hauling in production at a mine site to confirm performance and scalability. Neither disclosed the location or timing for that field work.
“This validation is a key step to provide additional options for our mining customers when deploying Command for hauling in their operation,” said Sean McGinnis, vice president and general manager of Technology and Global Sales Support at Caterpillar. “We greatly appreciate the support from the Rajant team throughout the validation process.”
Geoff Smith, Rajant executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, added that achieving Caterpillar validation has always been a critical requirement for it since its dealer/integrator network frequently gets asked about supporting autonomy.
“We are very thankful to the entire Caterpillar team for all of their support during this process and look forward to driving new business worldwide for all of our global customers,” he said.