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Mine Robot Blog October 13, 2020  |  Written by

The Most Ideal Autonomous Network to Power Robotics

Autonomous robots are changing the way dirty, dull, and dangerous industrial tasks are performed, enhancing safety both by keeping human personnel out of hazardous locations and by streaming live data to enable real-time situational awareness. While robotics platforms come in all shapes and sizes, they have one thing in common: a need for continuous mobile connectivity to effectively function. That’s why they require Rajant Kinetic Mesh®.

Across industries, more and more operations are turning to autonomy and robotics to help automate tedious, time-consuming processes and to go where people cannot or should not to reduce risk. These systems are becoming operational necessities, but their ability to move and communicate is network dependent. Intermittent breaks in connectivity, even if they occur only momentarily, can cause autonomous systems to stop running completely. They require a continuous communications link over which to output real-time data and receive real-time input to conduct their assigned missions.

The ability of Rajant Kinetic Mesh to operate itself autonomously – dynamically self-optimizing to maintain mission-critical reliability as assets within the network move – makes it ideal for connecting ground robotics, long-range aerial drones, and even robotic systems on water.

Create a Network Where None Exists to Enable Robotics Platforms Anywhere

The unique architecture of a Rajant Kinetic Mesh private wireless network makes it able to be rapidly deployed ad hoc with or without existing infrastructure in place. BreadCrumb® nodes can be affixed directly on robotic assets, providing the adaptive connectivity they require for optimal performance. This capability also makes it the only network that enables machine-to-machine (M2M) communications between drones and bots. Here’s how.

Multi-radio, Multi-frequency Redundancy to Ensure Mission-critical Reliability

Rajant BreadCrumbs can hold multiple connections over multiple frequencies simultaneously. These nodes work peer-to-peer to form robust and redundant links, creating hundreds of potential paths over which to direct traffic. All BreadCrumbs are infused with the intelligence of Rajant’s InstaMesh® networking software, which dynamically selects the fastest path(s) for delivery from these meshed connections.

If a path becomes unavailable due to signal blockage, interference, outage, or other issue, InstaMesh will instantly route communications via the next-best available path(s) and/or frequency. It does this autonomously and without outside intervention, maintaining the fault-tolerant performance needed to ensure the uptime of robotics platforms.

Compact and Lightweight Node Payload for Deployment on Robotics of Any Size

Rajant has extended the robust capabilities of InstaMesh to a smaller, lighter series of BreadCrumbs that are ideal for deployment on highly mobile autonomous systems and robots. While compact in size, the BreadCrumb DX2 and BreadCrumb ES1 provide the same reliable and resilient performance in hard-to-network environments as Rajant’s other larger and more ruggedized wireless nodes.

Using our BreadCrumbs, you can transform robotics assets into network infrastructure, with nodes affixed directly to the systems so they can take coverage with them wherever they roam. They can also connect with other BreadCrumb-enabled assets in the area, uniquely enabling M2M communications. As a result, drone swarms, robots, and unmanned ground vehicles or sea vessels can communicate peer-to-peer to orchestrate movements, sense locations, and coordinate task execution…

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