Utility equipment: Signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications

Utility supplies: Belden introduces space-saving, customizable wireless access points. Hirschmann BAT450-F line of access points power reliable transportation communication and enable flexible network integrations.

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Utility equipment: Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has debuted its latest solution for deploying industrial wireless networks – the BAT450-F Industrial Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Access Point family. The devices can be mounted anywhere, such as on masts or on walls, making it ideal for environments where space is a premium.

The ruggedized design of the BAT450-F withstands harsh industrial environments, while maintaining the modular and compact size needed in many industrial network scenarios. The wireless access points are also versatile and flexible – enabling network managers to use them as access clients or access points operating as a router or a bridge. Plus, they offer Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN), WLAN and Ethernet interfaces to fit individual network needs.

“The BAT450-F family is the answer to an increasing need to easily install a powerful access point in uncompromising conditions,” said Khachig Arjinian, product manager at Hirschmann. “These access points are highly configurable with a range of connection interfaces, including wireless, wired and cellular options. This allows us to meet any customer’s needs and ensure reliable communication and high network availability, especially in the transportation sector.”

Of particular benefit to the transportation industry is the access point’s dual-band radio, which allows for simultaneous voice and data communications on board trains, as well as in between rail cars by using the coach-to-coach coupling functionality.

In addition to the transportation industry, the low weight and small footprint of the BAT450-F ideally suits industrial environments, such as power transmission and distribution, process automation, and oil and gas, because the access points can be mounted in confined spaces on walls or masts and allow for communication across long distances.

“With this new product family, we’ve also aimed to maximize cost effectiveness by offering a complete solution to help industrial engineers who are looking to deploy a reliable, customizable, and versatile wireless infrastructure,” adds Arjinian.

As the successor to the BAT300-F family, the new WLAN access points enable the integration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) functionality and can be configured to specific application needs, network functions and country-specific protocols.

For more information on the BAT450-F Industrial WLAN Access Points, visit http://www.belden.com/products/industrialnetworking/wireless/bat450-f-industrial-wireless-lan-access-points.cfm.

An early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows Industrial IT and is delivering the next generation of industrial networking solutions. Its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – are leading the way in the adoption of industrial Ethernet. With a purpose-built portfolio, Belden’s wired, wireless and embedded products deliver the highest confidence of reliability, availability and security. In addition, excellent warranties and dedicated customer support minimize downtime, protect critical infrastructure and provide peace of mind.

About Belden
Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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