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November 1, 2023
Outdoor / Indoor Wireless
The global mesh network market is anticipated to grow exponentially over the course of the next decade, with significant potential in commercial applications. That’s partially due to the dependence on mobile devices, but it’s also connected to the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. So, what is mesh networking, and how is it aiding our devices? There are three key advantages to mesh networking: resiliency, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. This technology can be used in emergency response, automated industrial spaces, rural connectivity, and an array of other applications, such as mining, ports, and warehousing––the opportunities are endless.
A mesh network is a transformative technology providing online connectivity to devices, just like Wi-Fi or LTE. But unlike Wi-Fi or LTE mesh networks are unique because instead of each device depending on access to fixed infrastructure, mesh networks feature nodes, or signal-bridging devices, arranged in a mesh or web-like structure serving as points of connectivity between each other. Mesh networking offers a decentralized and dynamic approach that can bring internet access to even the most challenging locations, making it a true game-changer.
Unlike a traditional network, such as the earlier mentioned Wi-Fi, that connects to a central hub like a router, mesh networking creates a network where devices, or nodes, link directly to each other and self-optimize the flow of signal connectivity to ensure consistent, reliable coverage. This connectivity prevents a single point of failure, like a Wi-Fi router going out, and offers several advantages to users with assets that require uninterrupted coverage.
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Identifying early the need for private network infrastructure that could effectively support fully mobile wireless communications in industrial settings, Rajant Corporation developed its patented Kinetic Mesh® technology—and in turn became the pioneer provider of the most adaptable, scalable, and readily deployed fully mobile network on the market today.
Rajant was established in October 2001, after founders Robert Schena and Paul Hellhake recognized the significant shortcomings in traditional wireless mesh technology, particularly when it came to mobile voice and data networks used by first responders. The Rajant team envisioned a new, more robust mesh technology that would allow these networks to be fully mobile and mobility-enabled, and operate reliably in even the most demanding environments. Enter the Rajant Kinetic Mesh® network.
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