Industrial Wireless


Space-saving, customisable wireless access points

May 2016 Industrial Wireless

Belden Inc has introduced its latest solution for deploying industrial wireless networks – the BAT450-F WLAN access point family. The devices can be mounted anywhere, such as on masts or on walls, making it ideal for environments where space is a premium.

The ruggedised design of the BAT450-F withstands harsh industrial environments, while maintaining the modular and compact size needed in many industrial network scenarios. The wireless access points are also versatile and flexible – enabling network managers to use them as access clients or access points operating as a router or a bridge.

“The BAT450-F family is the answer to an increasing need to install a powerful access point in uncompromising conditions,” said Khachig Arjinian, product manager at Hirschmann. “These access points are highly configurable with a range of connection interfaces, including wireless, wired and cellular options. This allows us to meet any customer’s needs and ensure reliable communication and high network availability, especially in the transportation sector.”

Of particular benefit to the transportation industry is the access point’s dual-band radio, which allows for simultaneous voice and data communications on board trains, as well as in between rail cars by using the coach-to-coach coupling functionality.

In addition to the transportation industry, the low weight and small footprint of the BAT450-F ideally suits industrial environments, such as power transmission and distribution, process automation, and oil and gas, because the access points can be mounted in confined spaces on walls or masts and allow for communication across long distances.

“With this new product family, we have also aimed to maximse cost effectiveness by offering a complete solution to help industrial engineers who are looking to deploy a reliable, customisable, and versatile wireless infrastructure,” adds Arjinian.

As the successor to the BAT300-F family, the new WLAN access points enable the integration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) functionality and can be configured to specific application needs, network functions and country-specific protocols.

For more information contact Cliff Nel, IAC, +27 (0)12 657 3600, cliff@iacontrol.co.za, www.iacontrol.co.za



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