Rajant Corporation, a provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, is assisting Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia for improving operational safety and productivity using autonomous haulage systems in an Australian coal mine.
Hitachi selected Rajant Kinetic Mesh, the only industrial wireless network enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, to allow autonomous vehicles to talk directly to each other, providing enhanced coverage and reliability.
“Rajant is a Hitachi central wireless network partner for the mining industry when it comes to automation,” said Hitachi’s Greg Smith, general manager AHS Business Unit, Australia.
“Deployed in 200 of the largest mines globally, Rajant has the network Hitachi relies on for our autonomous haulage systems, significantly reducing human exposure to safety hazards in mining’s hostile environments.”
Robert Schena, CEO of Rajant, said: “In our Australian coal mine deployment with Hitachi, there are six autonomous haul trucks in production, scaling to over 45 during 2020/21, with Rajant. The mine’s existing Rajant wireless network deployed across a number of mobile and fixed infrastructure met the requirements to support and enable Hitachi’s Autonomous operations.
Additionally, Hitachi systems can be retrofitted onto existing vehicles expanding their scope and market significantly.