Considerations for Wireless Infrastructure in mining & other heavy industries includes the following variables;
- Intended usage of the infrastructure,
- RF congestion,
- RF signal absorption,
- Reflective walls causing massive multi-path issues,
- Interference from existing communications systems
- Constantly changing landscape,
- Huge machinery blocking/reflecting wireless signals,
- Limited line of sight for both underground & open pit mines,
- Limited infrastructure across the mine site
- Scarce availability of backhaul resources
- Requirement for real-time connectivity for mobile machinery
- Connectivity of roaming devices indoor/outdoor
- Possible RF regulatory changes over time,
as well as increased requirements of productivity and HSE enhancing technologies at the end-client level, both from a bandwidth, coverage and computing capability perspective.
Explaining the term “Fit-For-Purpose Wireless networks”
A RF solution deemed most FIT-FOR-PURPOSE does NOT always equate to the most sophisticated RF choice at any given time, the most bleeding-edge bandwidth options etc; but rather equates to what will meet the individual project sites requirements to the highest degree at a COST POINT that strikes an appropriate balance between benefit and cost.
As each project sites conditions & requirements can vary to a larger or lesser degree; taking a RF agnostic, Vendor Agnostic & Application agnostic stance are some of the most important drivers when it comes to Wireless Engineering
All designs that we put forth to our clients are module based and scalable in an easy manner. CapEx can be managed inline with operational requirements increasing over time, or at defined crossroads. The deliverable to our clients is not merely based on theoretical performance and capabilities of a given design, but rather based on the combined experience of Comms INT and its partners as it relates to the critical functionality that must be derived from a Industrial Wireless Network.