Rajant Announces New Mobile Mesh Products

November 4, 2010

The rugged wireless broadband nodes work with other Rajant BreadCrumb devices to create fully mobile Kinetic Mesh Networks.

MALVERN, PA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Imagine a fully mobile, multi-frequency wireless broadband network that is self-establishing, self-healing, requires minimal administration or maintenance, and grows stronger with the addition of each new node. With all nodes able to be in motion at all times, vehicles, equipment, and individuals outfitted with portable nodes need not be tethered to fixed, immobile network components. Such "Kinetic Mesh" networks are not just a wishful vision of future networking, but are in wide use today, providing high-availability broadband connectivity for voice, data, and video applications in the military, mining, first responders, and other markets.

Further extending the utility of this fully mobile broadband mesh technology, Rajant Corp., the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh Networks and provider of pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions, introduced three powerful and flexible additions to its BreadCrumb portfolio. Using Rajant's advanced InstaMesh protocol, BreadCrumbs enable continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections. This dynamic channel-hopping capability allows for total network mobility—Kinetic Meshing—as well as robust fault tolerance, high throughput, and low latency.

The Rajant BreadCrumb LX4 is the latest in the family of rugged multi-radio wireless transmitter-receivers that are the ideal fixed-mount solution for relaying transmissions across multiple frequencies. The Rajant BreadCrumb LX4 supports up to four high-power radios in a single unit for maximum resiliency and flexibility and has a faster processor than the Rajant BreadCrumb LX3. With options for 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz, and 5 GHz (LoS and NLos), the LX4 is the most advanced multi-radio node in the BreadCrumb family. It also features 10/100 Ethernet for Internet connectivity, USB for firmware upgrades, and a GPS port. As with all members of the BreadCrumb family, it supports secure connectivity with any Ethernet or 802.11a/b/g client equipment, ensuring full compatibility with millions of off-the-shelf devices, including laptops, PDAs, IP cameras, sensors, VoIP phones, and other IP gear.

The Rajant BreadCrumb ME3 is another man-packable, battery-operated portable transceiver, designed to support applications that require quick network connectivity. The ME3 includes a faster processor than its predecessor, the BreadCrumb ME2, and an N-type antenna connector, which allows interoperability of antennas between the BreadCrumb LX and ME models.

The Rajant BreadCrumb JR is the most portable member of the product family, intended primarily for client participation in a Kinetic Mesh Network. Highly portable and battery powered, the BreadCrumb JR is a full-function InstaMesh client, featuring a 2.4 GHz high-power radio and 7 Mbps maximum throughput. Measuring just 7.3 by 1.5 by 1.4 in., it is readily attached to personnel or vehicles on the move to provide network connectivity. The BreadCrumb JR includes a GPS port and the same level of security as the BreadCrumb LX line.

"The essence of Kinetic Mesh Networking is motion and flexibility," commented Rajant co-founder and CEO Robert Schena. "And these three new models provide a combination of power, portability, and rugged construction for a wide range of applications. Using Rajant's InstaMesh technology, the nodes communicate with other BreadCrumb nodes in motion to provide dynamic, on-the-fly frequency changes to adapt to physical surroundings or network availability. These capabilities, coupled with high-level data encryption and mesh-to-mesh authentication, allow for scalable, reliable broadband connectivity that can readily scale to hundreds of devices. Remember, all nodes can move all the time, all clients can move all the time, and all application data can use all radios."

Portability and Power for Future Applications
The concept of Kinetic Mesh Networks has valuable real-world applications, extending far beyond the markets currently served. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications is just one emerging area where fully mobile broadband networking could add considerable value and effectively transform a vehicle into a dynamic, mobile networking device. By using Rajant technology, already proven in challenging, bandwidth- and application-intensive environments, and marrying it to existing onboard vehicle diagnostic systems, automobile manufacturers and dealers and fleet managers could realize instant, substantial business benefits. Consumers would benefit from the added safety, fuel economy, and pre-emptive maintenance benefits that ultimately prolong the life of a vehicle. Future V2V applications range from providing full broadband connectivity to the vehicle, along with related applications, such as vehicle condition monitoring and reporting, traffic routing, collision avoidance, emergency communications, Internet radio, smart phone extension, and more.

In addition to V2V communications, Kinetic Mesh Network technology enables immediate and future applications for municipalities wishing to extend broadband coverage, telecommunications providers seeking to leverage unused spectrum, utility companies pursuing operational efficiencies, and other markets where high-availability mobile broadband networking is required.

Rajant's BreadCrumb LX4 transceiver is currently only available for military use and, pending receipt of FCC certification, for civilian or commercial use. The BreadCrumb ME3 is currently deployed in support of the military in Afghanistan and has received FCC approval for civilian or commercial use. The BreadCrumb JR has received FCC approval for civilian or commercial use and is available immediately in limited quantities.

About Rajant
Rajant Corp. enables secure communications on the move through a portable meshed wireless network that can rapidly reconfigure and adapt in real-time. Rajant's BreadCrumb Wireless solutions provide networks for military, mining, homeland security, first responder, telecommunications service, and public safety applications and provide voice and data communications across a meshed, self-healing network. Rajant's BreadCrumb network nodes communicate with IP-based client devices, such as laptops, PDAs, video cameras, satellite terminals, networked radios, RFID tags, and sensor devices. For more information, please call 484-595-0233.

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