Kamal Mokrani, InfiNet Wireless, UK, details a wireless alternative to satellite and cable-based solutions that can be used in mining to keep remote locations connected, whilst keeping costs to a minimum.
Global success in critical connectivity in mines: Wireless networking is key
With complex extraction processes including exploration, construction and production, mining is a difficult operation at the best of times. However, with automated mining transport moving from prototype to reality, dynamic CCTV needed for safety of workers, harsh terrains and critical information often being transferred from one mine site to another, continuous communication is one of the biggest challenges that mining organisations face today. It is crucial to have “always-on” connectivity – if not, the consequences could be disastrous.
The InfiMAN 2x2 family, our flagship Point-to-Multipoint range of solutions, offers different connectivity options for a wide variety of applications (e.g. for LAN extensions, video-surveillance and remote monitoring, Internet access, etc.). It comprises of a number of innovative high-speed IP base stations and subscriber terminals (CPE’s), with base stations providing high sector capacity, field-upgradeable from 40 to 240 Mb/s and using the same or less amount of valuable radio spectrum than traditional point-to-multipoint wireless systems.
As a major entry point into countries across the world, seaports are one of the most preferred methods for transporting goods and cargo for international trade. Clothes, technology, cars and food are often brought in by the thousands through these access points, with the UK’s major ports alone handling 115.9 million tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2017 alone, as reported by the Department of Transport. As the main transport method for international trade, ports are a key component for a healthy economy and a critical contributor to the wellbeing of a nation.
Africa, if you don’t already know, is a Radio jungle. There is a lot of interference in terms of radio spectrum and we have been very busy developing solutions specifically for this market to help our users mitigate this interference. If you look at the 5GHz band, a lot of vendors will come, sell their product, crank up the power as much as possible and it becomes almost impossible for everybody else to operate. This, believe it or not, also happens with any legal bands – you as a customer pay for this band and you expect this spectrum to be clean. Unfortunately, it is not – even if there is a regulator, it is so difficult to enforce it. So, we have come out with what we call “beam forming technology” which mitigates the interference and improves performance by up to 30%. Another technology that we are rolling out and is targeted more for operators is the 1 gigabit per second point to point connectivity which is aimed at the big operators, either fixed or mobile, for backhauling.