Mining corporations are investing in larger Autonomous Vehicle (AV) fleets of haulers, dozers and loaders to increase efficiency,
optimize production, and improve safety. As a result, wireless networks are now considered mission critical to operations. Loss of connectivity to AV equipment powers them down, stops operations and often requires human intervention to restart machines.
Below are 5 simple ways to make sure your AV equipment is supported by a high performance, rugged wireless network.
DURABILITY: Machine down time is not something anyone wants to experience in a mining operation. Taking a revenue generating machine out of service for antenna repair directly impacts operations and can be avoided with a ruggedized antenna.
SPATIAL DIVERSITY: With large equipment, almost every link is non-line-of-sight (NLOS). Multi-polarized antennas have built in spatial diversity on every feed, allowing for a higher probability of the antenna receiving a signal.
MULTIPLE POLARIZATIONS: When vehicles are on a hill, antennas may be on different radiation planes. Single polarity antennas will experience polarization mismatch. Utilizing multi-polarized antennas, changes in pitch or yaw will not slow network performance.
RADIATION PATTERNING: Proper antenna selection is key for a successful deployment. With correct antenna propagation, networks can maintain connectivity even in difficult environments. Multi-Polarized antennas are available in various pattern types to meet many network requirements.
CUSTOMIZED ANTENNAS: Not every piece of equipment offers ideal mounting and installation locations. By utilizing a custom solution, multiple antenna feeds can be integrated into one common unit, allowing for faster installations.