RCT’s traditional method of Teleremote operation uses analogue control and vision. Video is transmitted between 500-700 MHz and control data between 470-490 MHz. The simple, economical, communication solution for both analogue vision and autonomous machine control encompasses a secure distributed antenna network.
Although the analogue network has served its purpose well, the requirement for autonomous features is continuously growing. In order to deliver some of these features, digital communications is required; enabling large volumes of information to be transmitted and received promptly.
RCT Bridge is the stepping stone to full digitisation. Data is transmitted and received at 530MHz from the machine radio, then integrated to a PC in the ControlMaster® Automation Centre. It has the unique ability to integrate into an already existing analogue network, with the addition of some hardware at the Automation Centre and on the machine.
Adopting a digital data solution to the proven Analogue Yagi antenna network will deliver additional automation features, without the need to remove existing infrastructure. RCT’s G-Dash, EarthTrack® Fleet Management and remote diagnostics will deliver further value to the customer with minimal investment or the need to move to a full-scale digital network.
RCT can provide a full-scale digital communications solution to meet the demands of autonomous machines to provide accurate feedback and information in real-time via a secure communication network from the machine’s work area to the ControlMaster® Automation Centre.
Operating at 2.4GHz, RCT’s deliverance of RCT Connect digital WiFi solution guarantees autonomous machine performance for both existing and future loaders and truck fleets. Onsite communication can be interfaced into RCT Connect digital network via fibre optic or Ethernet; allowing mine operations to clearly view machine operation and performance to ensure long-term sustainable machine production.
With the underground mine landscape constantly evolving to become a high-efficient, low-cost operation, automation and information across the loading and hauling fleet will play a major role in delivering real improvements to bottom-line profit.
RCT can roll out a full digital communications solution to meet the demands of autonomous machines to provide accurate feedback and information in real-time through the mines existing digital network.
Integration also allows mine operations to clearly view machine operation and performance to ensure long-term sustainable machine production. RCT can collaborate with the customer to interface the technology into the existing digital network. We are able to interface Long-term Evolution (LTE), underground WiFi and mesh networks with fibre optics or Ethernet infrastructure for surface or central control – regardless if its controlled by a third party or the site itself.
In most circumstances there are no added costs for the deployment of this offer as the customer; however, it is the customers’ responsibility to ensure the network covers the working area in which the machine operates. The quality of coverage for reliable machine control is critical for this solution and if need be, the customer may be required to modify or update the network to accommodate autonomous machines.
With the underground mine landscape constantly evolving to become a high-efficient, low-cost operation; automation and information systems across the loading and hauling fleet will play a major role in delivering real improvements to bottom-line profit.