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of an automated warehouse and acknowledging that a stable and efficient wireless connection can prevent these common issues. This continuous mobile connectivity is a must for any warehouse, and failure for this to work for even just one day can cause costly delays. The key to overcoming traditional wireless challenges in a warehouse environment is focusing on coverage, resiliency and mobility.


Rajant to the Rescue Rajant understands the importance of efficient wireless communications in warehouses. Rajant Kinetic Mesh industrial networking revolutionises the way automated machines operate, powering the intelligent, and often mobile warehouse systems to perform at their peak through a consistent low-latency and high bandwidth connection. How did Rajant manage this exactly? Multi-frequency


network nodes, called Rajant BreadCrumbs, hold multiple connections simultaneously and work to form robust and redundant links between warehouse assets. In turn, the network delivers fully mobile, rapidly scalable, high-capacity Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity that systems need to operate efficiently and run constantly. Rajant’s BreadCrumbs are easy and fast to set up, using less infrastructure than enterprise Wi-Fi. They distribute coverage to the hardest-to-work areas and can be easily placed between racks and equipment where other networks would struggle to deliver seamless coverage, bringing natural outdoor reliability, inside. The Kinetic Mesh has in-built redundancy for enhanced network stability, and can integrate with other legacy warehouse networking, meaning companies would not necessarily need to have the latest and greatest technology on the market to leverage the network and reap the benefits it offers. Furthermore, the Kinetic Mesh is specifically made to focus on reliability, resiliency, and connectivity in industrial warehouses. Madison Technologies, a manufacturer and distributor of


high-quality communications and networking technology, has several warehouse operations across Australia and New Zealand. It required a quick and cost-effective network to meet the increasing demands of its market. It tried and tested the Rajant network. Take a look at how the machine operates here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSpYuNxcmIY. The solution demonstrated the success of the tailor-made


Kinetic Mesh while in a busy warehouse environment and acts as a credible solution for a lot of the challenges faced with automation today.


the futuRe of automation Relies on industRial connectivity The future of warehouse automation looks bright, but for maximised efficiency and reliability, warehouses must install a secure and fail-proof industrial wireless network to take full advantage of the benefits available. Another challenge that the warehouse industry faces is the ever-increasing targets that businesses must hit every hour, day, and week. Recognising the need to adopt automated equipment and facilitate frequent machinery updates to keep up with the relentless pace is a priority. A reliable, redundant wireless network offers benefits such as overcoming automation failure, monitoring machine health, regulated temperature and supporting mobility. Uninterrupted transmission of date, video, and voice between machines, people, and central operations are necessities for future-proofing warehouse automation making your networking choice essential.


Rajant Corporation Instrumentation Monthly April 2021 rajant.com


IoT ProTecTIon Has GoT To GeT BeTTer


threat against which they should quickly take action and support their operational futures, through the purchase of robust insurance. A new report, produced by insurance-sector figurehead, Lloyds of London, for the use of its syndicates, warns of the risks to businesses from cyber attacks facilitated by the Internet of Things (IoT). This terminology represents a world of interconnectivity through a myriad of devices that can all sit on one Internet-enabled network. Whilst in a home setting, these would


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be items such as thermostat-controlled heating devices, smart TVs and video doorbells, in an industrial or manufacturing setting, they are components of a production line or the machinery required for processing goods. Food sensors, machinery with remote diagnostics, sensors that regulate temperature, flow, pressure or light, are just some. Robotics, lasers and smart- controlled valves could be others. The possibilities are endless. The Lloyds report was produced in


conjunction with cyber analytics specialist, Cybercube, and it pulls no punches when stressing the need for its syndicates to take committed action to address the very real risks posed to industry, by cyber attacks. Ascend Broking’s managing director,


Matthew Collins, explains what underpins the concern. “To date, we have largely seen


relatively few physical impacts from cyber crime, in terms of harm to plant and machinery and disruption on the production line after a cyber criminal has seized control of aspects such as temperature regulation. This is changing and cyber crime is not now just about hacking into bank accounts and stealing


scend Broking is warning manufacturing and engineering businesses of a rapidly growing


money. There is a very real threat to industrial plant and physical assets, due to the interconnectivity of many devices and the impossibility of protecting these with antivirus systems.” The key industrial sectors of concern


are manufacturing, shipping, energy and transportation. The report also focuses on three potential strategies for causing physical damage. The first is where cybercriminals would breach the systems of a manufacturer of devices and infect and compromise them before they were ever installed. The second is an attack brought about


through exposing a weakness within a business’s Internet of Things network. The third concerns the infiltration of industrial IT networks, to cross what is known as the Operational Technology air- gap – the gap between information technology and operational technology. “Cyber criminals are changing tack and


attempting to take whole businesses down in a physical production sense, rather than just being content with attacking their computer systems,” says Collins. “This is frightening for the future and could even impact on lives but it is most definitely a form of business interruption that industrial and commercial customers are not really focused on right now. “It is imperative that manufacturers


and engineering companies, marine cargo operators, transport companies and energy companies take action to get the right cyber security in place and consider other protection around that. They also need to examine their internal systems, policies with regard to employees logging on to wifi hotspots or using untrusted USB sticks on work computers. All really need to nail down cyber security practice, making it every employee’s responsibility to exercise due diligence in the fight against cyber crime.” www.ascendbroking.co.uk


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