Industrial Networking Equipment Used for Autonomous Vehicles
The creation of autonomous vehicles and their use in numerous industries is on the rise. Such prevalence is due to the many benefits they offer, including increased productivity, decreased fuel consumption, reduced traffic congestion, decreased user error, and improved safety conditions. Such benefits would not be possible without the creation of innovative industrial networking equipment.
Industrial networking equipment has led to the creation of effective autonomous vehicles in a wide variety of industries. Currently, industrial networking equipment has been heavily implemented in the creation of autonomous vehicles for use in agriculture, warehouse, and public transportation applications, among other industries. To gain a better understanding of how industrial networking equipment is used for autonomous vehicles, continue reading.
Industrial Networking in Autonomous Vehicles for Agriculture Applications
As the popularity of smart farming increases, so too does the development of more agricultural autonomous vehicles that implement industrial networking equipment. Smart farming refers to a farm management concept that leverages advanced technology, such as the internet of things (IoT) and other industrial networking devices, to monitor, track, and automate agricultural operations.
One of the many types of advanced technology used in smart farming is autonomous vehicles. Examples of the different types of vehicles that have been automated for use in the agricultural industry to achieve greater efficiency, reduced human error, and increase productivity include harvesters, tractors, and berry picking machines, among many others. Each of these types of automated agricultural vehicles utilize various types of industrial networking equipment to operate efficiently.
For example, berry picking machines run cameras to determine if the fruit is ripe for picking. In order to do so, they are equipped with 10G PoE industrial switches. A 10G PoE switch refers to a multiport network bridge that helps link the backbone of an infrastructure to slower network devices that connect to it. They typically connect to the main network switch using fiber optics and have the capability to provide data speeds of 10 billion bits per second.
Due to their impressive capabilities, 10G PoE switches are an ideal data processing and power solution for the agricultural autonomous vehicle industry, which demands substantial data-processing power.
Industrial Networking Equipment in Autonomous Warehouse Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles are also becoming highly prevalent in warehouse environments. Automated guided vehicles refer to wheel-based portable robots that workers often utilize as load carriers to transport equipment around a warehouse facility. By utilizing cameras, radio waves, lasers, and wiring, these autonomous vehicles can navigate a warehouse environment without the need for an onboard operator.
When coupled with the device’s mobility, this autonomy has several benefits, including increased layout flexibility, easier implementation than fixed automated systems, modularity, and scalability. In order to operate effectively and provide these benefits, automated guided vehicles in warehouse applications rely heavily on the implementation of industrial networking equipment.
For example, in order to maintain Wi-Fi connectivity and continuous operation while moving, such automated vehicles require wireless communication solutions. Such solutions include wireless access points, wireless bridges, industrial wireless routers, and wireless repeaters. These devices facilitate autonomous operations by allowing them to connect to a warehouse control system or management software without the need for excessive cabling, which can greatly restrict their mobility.
Because warehouse environments often have harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures or electromagnetic interference, traditional networking equipment will not suffice. Instead, robust industrial-grade solutions that are durable enough to withstand such environmental challenges and provide continuous Wi-Fi connectivity are essential.
Industrial Networking in Autonomous Buses
Similar to the rise of smart farming, the intelligent transportation industry is also growing exponentially. One of the many features of the intelligent transportation industry is autonomous vehicles and, more specifically, autonomous public transportation vehicles such as municipal buses. Municipal buses are an integral part of the transportation infrastructure for virtually any city. As ridership continues to increase, the need to accommodate the growing number of passengers by improving efficiency is vital.
As such, the implementation of autonomous buses that can improve transportation accessibility, increase lane capacity, lower fuel consumption, reduce traffic congestion, and improve passenger safety by reducing traffic accidents continues to rise. However, implementing autonomous buses poses some challenges, namely the lack of an onboard operator to monitor the bus’s conditions and ensure the safety of passengers. To ensure operations and processes are going smoothly, and passengers are safe without the presence of a traditional driver, the use of video surveillance and remote real-time monitoring is essential.
Fortunately, industrial networking equipment can help fulfill this need for onboard video surveillance processing. Because surveillance devices such as CCTV cameras, sensors, and wireless access points all require a substantial amount of power, onboard surveillance isn’t possible with a standard 1G backbone. Instead, a robust power generation device such as a 10G industrial Ethernet switch is essential.
10G switches can provide power to onboard surveillance systems and facilitate remote monitoring of buses due to their capacity for wireless application, substantial data processing capabilities, and power generation. Through the use of 10G industrial networking switches, data from onboard surveillance systems can be efficiently transported to traffic monitoring centers to provide the necessary monitoring that autonomous buses require.
In addition to providing the power necessary for operating surveillance systems in autonomous buses, 10G Ethernet switches also have the durability necessary to operate effectively in the potentially harsh environments of public transportation. Antaira’s industrial 10G Ethernet switches, for example, have the capacity to operate between temperatures of -40°C to 75°C. This wide operating temperature ensures the switch will power up even if a bus is idling without the use of a heater or air conditioner.
Antaira’s Industrial Networking Devices for Autonomous Vehicles
Antaira Technologies is a leading provider of innovative industrial networking communication devices. We offer numerous high-quality products that are ideal for autonomous vehicle applications in a wide variety of inventories. For example, our extensive inventory includes 10G industrial Ethernet switches, industrial wireless devices, and Ethernet media converters, among many other products that are all designed to perform efficiently in even the harshest environments. To learn more about how our groundbreaking industrial networking devices can serve your application, contact us today.