The Importance of Network Reliability in an Industrial Grade Environment

Redline industrial Grade Network Reliability

Network reliability is a critical factor in mission critical industrial automation and control networks. Reliability within an industrial network is a measure of the likelihood that information will be received by its intended recipient on-time, as long as assumptions about operating conditions are met. 

It is critical that industrial-grade wireless networks are built with fully ruggedized equipment that can withstand harsh industrial environments, extreme temperatures, water submersion, fire, dust, dirt and corrosive chemicals etc. without any impact on reliability. Those standards must be met whether in the North Pole, in a desert, in a rainforest, in an underground mine or an offshore rig.

In addition to the reliability of equipment, system reliability also depends on the network architecture. The rapidly increasing wireless connectivity footprint in industrial environments is also resulting in an increase in the complexity of these networks. Such an increase in complexity, if unmanaged, can have a negative impact on reliability. Scheduling network outages or responding to an unscheduled outage becomes a time-consuming task. Maintenance downtime increases and system availability suffers. 

Network and element management systems (NMS / EMS) are deployed to help manage complex networks but such systems specifically developed for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can be expensive, and complex to integrate and operate. NMS and EMS for industrial-grade wireless networks must be simple, with a quick learning curve, to be operated by the resource-constrained network operations teams in critical industries.

Reliable equipment

The NACE Study estimates the global cost of corrosion is $2.5 trillion US dollars annually. Redline adopts a suite of methods to effectively address possible corrosion, such as electroless nickel plating. This is a premium finish that offers superior protection for outdoor equipment which provides maximum protection and longevity in the harshest environments, avoiding network outages and accidents.

When selecting industrial-grade wireless equipment, attention must be given to the type of enclosure being used. For example, commercial-grade products will have a reduced life cycle compared to a product with an industrialized enclosure.

While Redline radios offer high transmit power and long-range coverage, all of our radios feature an all-natural-convection design to eliminate the need for fans and moving parts in the equipment. This goal of eliminating the forced convection is often a challenge but is worthwhile because it allows for superior durability/MTBF than competing offerings, which is critical for industrial use cases.

A 100% ruggedness end-to-end solution: there is no cutting corners when it comes to ancillary products, be it from 3rd party or in-house. For example, for cables and connectors, Redline stringently qualifies our vendors, and then only considers the most reputable brands. On top of that, Redline selects the industrial-grade line components from qualified vendors instead of commercial lines.

Reliable and Rapidly Deployable Systems

Equipment from traditional telecom equipment vendors cannot compare to Redline’s reliable and easy-to-use solutions. The whole Redline system is designed for IT personnel with basic training. In the traditional telecom approach, the focus is on massive network deployment, complex BSS/OSS integration, universal interoperability, etc. As a result, only heavily trained, dedicated personnel can handle the regular maintenance, which the telecom carriers have a massive service team to help with. This stark contrast resulted in our ultra-reliable architecture that is simple to deploy and features comprehensive monitoring capabilities and cutting edge mobility solutions that can be managed by any IT team around the world.