BreadCrumb Wireless Nodes Deployed for Autonomous Haulage

Rajant's BreadCrumb nodes provide highly flexible mobile connectivity for edge robotics By Mike Ball / 07 Jun 2022
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Peregrine industrial wireless mesh networkRajant Corporation, in conjunction with Kinetic Mesh Premier Partner (KMPP) Acubis Technologies, have delivered the first FE1 series BreadCrumbs – Rajant Peregrine and Hawk – to an Australian government-owned utilities provider in southwest Queensland. The customer, Stanwell, was battling the ever-evolving data and application requirements of its operational technology (OT) network, which supports CCTV, access control, in-vehicle fleet management, and autonomous haulage of coal, and needed the additional throughput that Peregrine and Hawk provide.

Chris Acton, Acubis General Manager, commented: “Stanwell owns Tarong power stations, one of Queensland’s largest electricity-generating sites, and the stations receive coal from the Stanwell-owned Meandu Mine via a conveyor. Dependency on sustained operations and critical infrastructure security are paramount.”

“Industrial conditions are harsh and towering ridges surround the mine. Running multiple applications, video streams, real-time data transfer, and edge devices required Rajant for unfailing networking with high throughput and low latency. The Peregrine and Hawk are robust and secure. Moreover, these BreadCrumb radio nodes can grow with the capacity needs for future applications and deliver cost-saving efficiencies to Stanwell’s thermal power production.”

Julio Romani, Stanwell’s Manager of Business Improvement and Technology, noted: “The Meandu Technology Roadmap highlighted that a prerequisite for Meandu to accelerate and realize the value provided by technology advances was the establishment of suitable networks and communications platforms. The Rajant Peregrine & Hawk are an integral OT infrastructure component. These BreadCrumb nodes maximize the use of the fleet management system, enable telemetry and high precision GPS technologies, and provide connectivity for CCTV, environmental, and control systems that operate across our Rajant wireless network.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact