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Industrial Private Wireless

 

This white paper discusses the performance attributes of the private wireless networks. It suggests that Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider is a highly attractive broadband technology to help enterprises with critical automation needs to deploy and operate high-performance industrial-grade wireless networks without dependency on licensed mobile operators.

What Are Industrial Private Wireless Networks?
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Today’s progressive enterprises, in virtually all industrial sectors, are pursuing IoT driven operating models using AI and machine communication to improve automation, ensure safety, security and achieve new levels of quality, efficiency and productivity. These initiatives demand new wireless networking solutions that offer reliability and low-latency connectivity to every inch of the operations. From control of unmanned drones, robots and autonomous trucks in open pit mines, to Industry 4.0 factory-floor automation, to control of electricity distribution grids, to logistics and warehousing, to venue services, and many more use cases, low latency broadband wireless networks are essential.

Why Private Wireless Networks?

Low latency, high reliability, high security and high performance, are the main reasons to consider private wireless. Public LTE networks serve people and enterprise subscribers. These public networks use traffic management policies that enable their capacity to be shared by a very large number of users at the expense of user experienced speed and traffic prioritization. On the other hand, private wireless networks are dedicated that provide its full capacity for an enterprise’ critical operations. The organization controls which machines, sensors and workers can access the network and ensure that they get the right priority and performance. Organization’s data remains secure and stays within the private network. Some of the primary reasons to deploy a private wireless network are shown in Table.

Use Case Type

Description

Primary Industries

  • Locations often not covered by public wireless infrastructure
  • Very diverse sector from mining to agriculture, making increasing use of automated machinery

Automation & Industry 4.0

  • Factory-floor robotics – e.g., wireless robots introduce much greater flexibility to reconfigure production lines
  • Logistics and warehousing – e.g., pick-and-pack machines.
  • Typically focused very dense deployments with low latency requirements

Mission-Critical Services

  • To monitor and control critical infrastructure – e.g., electricity distribution grids, power plants, etc.
  • Public safety agencies often need to create closed user group ad hoc networks at the scene of emergency
  • Government & military agencies want dedicated, highly available networks at their facilities

Venue Services

  • Public venues such as airports, stadiums, hospitals, ports
  • These venues have many users (internal, contractor, public), some of which have requirements for fast, highly secure access

 

Mesh Rider- Enabling high performance Private Wireless

Mesh Rider is an innovative {patented} long-range wireless broadband mesh technology developed by Doodle Labs (Refer to the Whitepaper: Mesh Rider – An Introduction for more details). It focuses on high throughput data communication over long range and provides frequency flexibility to operate in licensed and license free bands. The mix of long-range, high throughput, mobile mesh, choice of frequency bands, native flat IP architecture and feature rich networking makes Mesh Rider a state-of-the-art wireless communication technology for Industrial-grade private wireless networks. With its rich set of capabilities, Mesh Rider provides many advantages to deploy robust and high performance private wireless network. It is as easy and as capable as Ethernet. It can connect all the critical operations in real time, it can be deployed anywhere, used and operated under enterprise control.

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Mesh Rider- Salient Features

High Capacity

Keep all the video, voice and data applications running and all the workers connected. Meet the growing demands with consistently high data rates.

Network Latency

A flat Ethernet like architecture of Mesh Rider ensures that the network latency is kept to the minimum. This is a vital requirement for Command and Control of the unmanned vehicles.

Mobile Mesh

Self-forming and self-healing, peer to peer, multi-hop, multi-frequency mesh capabilities of the Mesh Rider improve the robustness,  extend the range and simplify the network planning.

State-of-the-art RF

Interference resistant COFDM and MIMO technology for exceptional multipath and NrLOS performance in harsh, dynamic environments. Spectrum scanning and channel selection to avoid interference.

Intrinsic Security

Shield from cyber threats with a private network so that the sensitive data never leaves the premises. The Mesh Rider incorporates advanced 128/256-bit FIPS compliant AES encryption for the highest levels of data security.

Traffic Priorities

Advanced traffic prioritization of Ultra Reliable Low Latency Channel (URLLC) for all Command and Control traffic and concurrent multicast video streaming of 4k video on the same link.

Pervasive Coverage

Go further than ever before without worrying about being out of range. The Smart Radios have high RF power and ultra receive sensitivity for long range.

Global Deployments

The SDR technology of Mesh Rider enables a large family of form factor compatible models in 100 MHz to 6 GHz frequency bands. Simply swap out the radio based on the end-customer or country requirements.

Affordable

Private networks with Mesh Rider technology can be deployed with low capital investment for equipment. They have virtually zero operating costs in stark contrast to the recurring monthly cost of using the public LTE netowrk.

Use Cases for Industrial-grade Private Wireless Networks

Private Wireless for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Extend the range and capabilities of UAVs. The minimal SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) of the Mesh Rider radios open new applications for drones.

Private Wireless for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Extend the range and improve safety of workers by providing reliable broadband links  – lifeline to unmanned ground vehicles.  

Private Wireless for Mining, Agriculture and Forestry

Improve safety and efficiency by providing reliable wide-area coverage for workers, wearables, cameras, environmental sensors, remote-controlled vehicles and AGVs.

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Private Wireless for Manufacturing

Increase productivity by providing connectivity for collaborative robot AGVs, sensors, machines and group-critical communications.

Private Wireless for Connected Battledfield

Improve safety and efficiency by providing reliable wide-area coverage for workers, wearables, cameras, environmental sensors, remote-controlled vehicles and AGVs.

Private Wireless for Homeland Security

Increase productivity by providing connectivity for collaborative robot AGVs, sensors, machines and group-critical communications.

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Private Wireless for Oil and Gas

Get reliable coverage for IoT sensors and remote plant monitoring and operation applications.

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Private Wireless for Ports

Create a wireless network that supports video surveillance, video orchestration and remote operation and geo positioning of vehicles, including cranes and trucks.

Private Wireless for Aviation

Boost efficiency and improve the customer experience with an intelligent airport communications network that gives secure control over the operations.

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Private Wireless for Utilities

Converge legacy communication networks into a single smart grid network that supports applications such as DER, video analytics and remote asset management.