Lantern Mesh technology offers a network for wireless IoT connected devices. The self-healing standalone networks are created with rugged equipment certified as IP66 or IECEx/ATEX. These networks require little maintenance and can be accessed remotely, enabling operation across sites including harsh and hazardous areas. With this technology, enterprises can run best- in-class, highly scalable mesh protocols on competitively priced hardware designed for harsh and hazardous environments.
As a use case of the mesh networking technology, an application on Kubernetes and a proprietary tracking sensor, enable indoor and outdoor tracking of assets in air gapped or harsh and hazardous areas.
Currently, asset tracking on most sites remains a surprisingly limited or manual exercise. Asset safety and productivity is of utmost importance in any environment but is often critical in harsh and hazardous areas. These environments include added dangers and unpredictable conditions, which can put safety in jeopardy in emergency situations, further exacerbated in remote locations with low connectivity and inaccessibility.
Solutions in harsh and hazardous areas require rugged equipment and applications with robust materials and intelligent design features made to withstand the tough conditions. Kubernetes enables continuous delivery of new features to adapt the tracking solution to new requirements easily.
Key benefits of Lantern Mesh networking
Key benefits of tracking solution
The tracking solution uses certified products supported by software built on distributed microservices, allowing for containerization, automated testing and delivery via CI/CD pipelines, and relational and NoSQL databases. The software is optimized for cloud networking.
Rising demand for wireless sensors across different sectors is driving market growth for mesh networking. The technology addresses the enterprise LPWAN market, which is forecasted to be $65B by 2025 [source]. Importantly, the technology addresses solutions in verticals across harsh and hazardous markets.
Rising demand for safety and productivity is driving growth in asset tracking. The tracking solution addresses the enterprise real-time location systems market, which is growing annually at 30% and is forecasted to be $18B by 2025. Importantly, the technology addresses tracking in verticals across harsh and hazardous markets.
Mesh Networking Applications
The mesh networking technology is designed to support solutions that require reliable wireless data gathering and control across 24/7/365 day operations in harsh or hazardous environments that include flammable atmospheres, gases, vapors, and dust.
These solutions use wireless sensors that:
- are deployed at scale
- require a level of reliability not found in competing wireless protocols
- have bandwidth requirements or reporting intervals comparatively higher than what LoRaWAN allows
- are used in harsh or hazardous environments
Examples of supported sensors:
- wireless asset tracking tags
- GNSS denied localization
- gas detection
- vibration measurement
- environmental sensors – like air quality or temperature.
The tracking solution showcases the use of the mesh networking and is focused on features that enhance safety and productivity at harsh and hazardous sites.
Examples of tracking uses include:
- Enhanced worker safety in environments with extreme and challenging physical conditions
- Improved worker productivity through the removal of inefficient manual muster exercises
- Real-time visibility of on-site personnel and infrastructure through IoT connected devices
- Self-healing stand-alone networks that require little maintenance in extreme conditions
Industrial Manufacturing Plants
Marine and Shipbuilding Assets
Wind Farms and Energy Assets
Oil and Gas Assets
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
Pulp & Paper
Lantern Mesh products are designed to operate as a network or as stand-alone components for clients who demand reliability in harsh and hazardous working conditions.
The hardware has already passed product certification with different environmental and regulatory options including IP66 or IECEx/ATEX certifications. The hardware and software are proprietary, ownership of the IP will be transferred with the technology.
The mesh networking hardware comprises wireless mesh networking routers and a gateway peripheral card together with related IP. The mesh network is compatible with multiple 802.15.4 based LPWAN technologies and is designed for rugged environments that require IP66 rating or IECEx / ATEX ratings. The tracking solution runs on a best in class decentralized mesh networking protocol that can support an unlimited number of nodes in a single network.
HarshPro & HazPro Routers
The routers are low-power wireless devices that create a stand-alone mesh network that supports two-way communication and multiple wireless protocols. The routers can be used with mobile devices other than the tags and can be powered through direct current, battery, or solar.
IP66 rating, extending operating temperature range, compact design
Flameproof enclosure, intrinsically safe antenna output, Ex d / IP66 rating
The HarshPro Gateway transforms any off-the-shelf equipment from single board computers to rack servers into high-performance IoT gateways. The M.2 Radio is designed for easy integration providing maximum flexibility for your needs. Its small M.2 PCI express form factor and low power consumption help to reduce its overall footprint on host systems. The M.2 Radio supports Linux and Windows OS-based hosts.
The intrinsically safe sensor is battery powered and offers wireless tracking. The sensor monitors local radio signal strength information which is transmitted back to the server via mesh to calculate a position. The sensor hardware is compatible with many popular 802.15.4 radio protocols and can support custom protocols as well.
Lantern Software is built for hybrid cloud using a Kubernetes based, containerized micro-service architecture. The modern software architecture enables high availability for mission critical applications; modern software delivery methods like CI/CD; and provides the ability to easily integrate other systems and technologies into the platform.
The software provides a range of functionality including:
- visualizing tracking sensors on sites
- device management and provisioning
- logging for sensor data
- monitoring for system health
- asset and personnel information management
Lantern tracking solution showcases the use of the mesh networking and is focused on features that enhance safety and productivity at harsh and hazardous sites. The tracking solution is an intrinsically safe tracking sensor, software on Kubernetes, and related IP.
Lantern tracking solution uses certified products supported by software built on distributed microservices, allowing for containerization, automated testing and delivery via CI/CD pipelines, and relational and NoSQL databases. The software is optimized for cloud networking.