Rajant Corporation: Delivering True Mobility in Wireless Mesh Networks

Rajant Corporation: Delivering True Mobility in Wireless Mesh Networks

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Robert J. Schena, Chairman, Co-Founder & CEO, Rajant CorporationRobert J. Schena, Chairman, Co-Founder & CEO
Wireless mesh networks have the potential to turn the dream of a seamlessly connected world into reality. However, there are significant shortcomings in achieving this vision with traditional wireless mesh technology, particularly when it comes to ensuring mobility in an industrial environment. When the wireless nodes are in motion, the mesh spends more time updating the network routes than delivering data. As a result, the nodes are not able to provide an uninterrupted network. In response to these stemming problems and the growing need for an efficient wireless network infrastructure that supports today’s IIoT mobility demands, Rajant Corporation came forth with its patented Kinetic Mesh® technology, which allows networks to be fully mobile and operate reliably even in the most demanding environments.

The Kinetic Mesh network consists of Rajant BreadCrumb® wireless network nodes and Rajant InstaMesh® networking technology. The unique mesh network utilizes any-node to any-node capabilities to instantaneously route data via the best available traffic path and frequency. As a result, all devices connected to the network can maintain continuous connectivity. “And unlike other wireless mesh offerings in the market, Rajant Kinetic Mesh networks provide mobile wireless broadband connectivity that is simple, instantaneous, and fail-proof in any application,” states Robert J. Schena, chairman, co-founder, and CEO of Rajant Corporation.

When it comes to mobility, Rajant BreadCrumbs can communicate with any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-connected device to deliver low-latency, high-throughput data, voice, and video applications across its meshed network. Together with that, Rajant’s peer-to-peer networking protocol runs on every BreadCrumb node and ensures that the connected devices react immediately to any change in the network topology and external environmental conditions.

Unlike other wireless mesh offerings in the market, Rajant Kinetic Mesh networks provide mobile wireless broadband connectivity that is simple, instantaneous, and fail-proof in any application

What makes Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh network invincible is the fact that it cannot be taken down by a single point of failure, which is often the case in most traditional networks. Boasting a decentralized system that does not require a central controller, every BreadCrumb node makes its own local decisions in real-time, independent of any other mesh nodes on a packet-by-packet basis. If any node is compromised or obstructed, InstaMesh dynamically redirects traffic between the next best available network points. Additionally, Rajant can aid its clients to add, remove, or relocate the wireless network nodes to accommodate data requirements or changes in the physical landscape. In all these scenarios, InstaMesh keeps data moving and automatically adapts to the changes without dropping packets and incurring a network outage.

For almost two decades, Rajant has been providing these wireless communication competencies to a variety of military applications and industrial enterprises such as gas and oil companies, utilities, and transportation agencies. Illustrating the effectiveness of its technological offering for public safety, Schena mentions how Rajant helped the Thames Valley Police department establish and maintain a wireless network that could deliver a massive amount of video data with high throughput and low latency for the two recent royal weddings. The police force required a solution that was easy to set up and reliable for increased security and surveillance in Windsor, England. Rajant was the only option hitting both marks.

With a proven track record of success, Rajant intends to continue with its global expansion plans over the coming years. Schena states that the company is looking to open regional headquarters in Asia and South America in the near future to meet the evolving requirements of its customers. With that, constant upgrades to the core operating system of the Kinetic Mesh network based on client use cases is another driving force of the company toward addressing the demands for network mobility, autonomy, speed, and ruggedness.

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Australian Droid + Robot Plays Instrumental Role in Queensland's Abandon Mine Land Rehabilitation Using Rajant Kinetic Mesh®

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: Australian Droid + Robot (ADR), a Brisbane-based company that specializes in the development for robots and drones for underground mine inspection, was selected by The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) to assist with the inspection of an abandon mine in Queensland. The Collingwood Tin Mine site, located within a rainforest 30km south of Cooktown, was deemed by DNRME to be too hazardous for human inspection and they looked to trial the innovative, safe alternative Australian Droid + Robot has to offer.

Law requires that an operational mine conduct regular service inspection to maintain ventilation and overall safe operations. At the end of the mine’s life, laws call for the site’s rehabilitation, but the inspections and duties associated with this requirement are often overlooked. Over time, abandon mine conditions grow increasingly hazardous for personnel to enter and survey. Such was the case in Queensland. Sending a robot to assist was the safest option, but not without challenge.

Challenges DNRME and ADR faced at Queensland:
• An abandoned mine that could not be entered by personnel due to a lack of ventilation and known ground support.

• Visible water inside the mine, making it a difficult terrain to traverse.

• Get far enough inside the mine to determine the condition of the bulkhead, which would be out of range of ADR’s line-of-sight remote control.

• Transmit a hi-definition video feed to determine the condition of the bulkhead.

• Establish a wireless mesh network to maintain a continuous communication signal with moving robots.

Conditions being unknown and ever-declining, ADR had to accept that some of their robots used for the mission might be unrecoverable. To offset the potential loss, ADR looked for the most reliable industrial wireless network to maintain constant communication with each robot while underground. Rajant Kinetic Mesh® was chosen. This selection of Rajant Corporation as ADR’s connectivity solution became a catalyst for the two companies to form a strategic partnership.

Rajant’s technology provides a robust alternative to fiber and traditional single radio wireless systems using multi-radio, multi-frequency BreadCrumb® nodes, and their patented InstaMesh® networking software. Every ADR robot had a BreadCrumb node onboard. Regardless of the rough terrain, water adversity, or line-of-sight obstacle issues, Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh maintained uninterrupted high throughput and low latency to overcome any obstacles. ADR’s robotic “inspectors” were enabled to independently scan, sense, and explore on behalf of DNRME personnel.

“We were honored to be a resource for DNRME as this is exactly what we have spent a decade developing our technology to do,” explained ADR’s Dr. Joe Cronin. “We are grateful for the opportunity and thankful for having a steadfast networking partner in Rajant.”

Rajant Introduces the Mid-Tier Es1 Breadcrumb, Ideal for IIOT Applications and Light-Duty Vehicles

MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA:Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, has launched its latest BreadCrumbâ node, the ES1. This mid-tier BreadCrumb is a cost-effective option to use in conjunction with all other Rajant nodes to form or expand coverage of a resilient, autonomously adaptable Kinetic Mesh® network. Like all Rajant offerings, the ES1 is powered by their patented peer-to-peer InstaMesh® networking technology software that enables built-in network redundancy and resiliency.

The ES1 is ideal for IIoT applications and light-duty vehicles because it is compact, lightweight, and low-cost. The ES1 provides ethernet and Wi-Fi access point interfaces to enable data, voice, and video applications. It contains two transceivers and up to four external antenna ports as well as multiple mounting options.

“Not all organizations require the extreme ruggedization that our other BreadCrumbs provide,” shares Geoff Smith, Rajant’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The ES1 comes in an IP67 package, ideal for operation in outdoor environments that require a very durable solution. Whether you are building a new network or expanding upon an existing one, the inclusion and installation of the ES1 are simple and fast. There are no requirements for a central controller and the multi-radios automatically mitigate interference providing built-in redundancy.”

PAStech, a Rajant integrator headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, is looking forward to the next evolution of the Kinetic Mesh suite of products.

According to PAStech’s Director, Gideon Parker, “Just like our enthusiasm over Rajant’s recent release of the KM3 BreadCrumb, we are excited to bring to coal seam gas and industrial-grade markets the Rajant ES1BreadCrumb. PAStech customers looking to extend existing LTE networks, cover blackspots, or develop greenfield assets at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions are paying attention to these cost-effective industrial wireless options. Customers, heavily dependent on large infrastructure deployments, now have the Rajant ES1 as part of their total communications solution from drilling through to production. Delivering high capacity, mobile and fixed communications, that integrates with COTS Wi-Fi enabled hardware, the ES1 delivers a fully integrated digital gas field and Industry 4.0 communications solution.”