High-tech network offers control and flexibility

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 08 Aug 2012   Posted by admin


END-to-end connectivity solutions specialist CBO Telecommunications is designing and implementing a wireless LAN solution for Leica Geosystems Mining’s Jigsaw Fleet Management System (Jfleet) which will operate at two open cut mine sites in the Bowen Basin in Queensland.
The Jfleet system operates on distributed database architecture to provide comprehensive fleet management and production optimisation. The highly intelligent system is not reliant on a central server, with each machine (including dump trucks, graders and loaders) automatically tracking and logging their own activity, position and status, providing accurate reporting, optimisation of fleet movement, key performance indicators and position of equipment – all in real time.
CBO’s solution involves an outdoor wireless mesh network at both mines, based on Cisco mesh technology and supported by Cambium Networks point-to-point link infrastructure to improve network coverage.
More than 20 of CBO’s The Edge – Solar Mobility Trailers will have Cisco Aironet 1520 Series outdoor wireless mesh access points mounted on them, as well as placed throughout the two mine sites. These mobility trailers have three 135watt solar panels and 480 amp hour battery capacity which will power the mesh access points.
“Having the mesh access points on the mobility trailers provides flexibility for the network to evolve as the trailers can be relocated when required to accommodate changes in the physical environment such as locations of stockpiles obstructing the link line of sight, or changes in the operational areas within the mine sites and therefore the location of fleet vehicles requiring wireless connectivity,” CBO Telecommunications managing director Mark McGregor said.
“We have been working with Leica Geosystems Mining for many months to ensure that the design of this mesh network will work seamlessly with their Jigsaw fleet management system.”


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