July 30, 2008

Motorola Introduces New WLAN Mesh-Enabled Access Point Product

Motorola has introduced the latest member of its outdoor access point product family, the Haz-location certified AP-5181, designed to extend the wireless enterprise into the harshest work environments.

The increasing adoption of WLAN technology and mobile computing in hazardous areas not only leads to improved business processes, but also can be utilized to provide enhancements that keep workers safe.

Motorola said that the petro-chemical, oil and gas, aerospace, power generation and utilities, mining and manufacturing organizations can deploy AP-5181 APs easily without requiring extra cabling by utilizing mesh. Motorola's mesh technology enhances the flexibility on AP placement and lowers the cost for providing network access.

The addition of these new AP-5181's in a customer's control network the main network used to control plant equipment/machinery enables more sensors and metering devices to be supported that provide critical information such as temperature, humidity and pressure readouts of plant machinery resulting in significant cost savings through process control and optimization.

The deployment of AP-5181 APs also extends the IT network outdoors in hard-to-wire environments. The benefit is mobile operator applications that were previously completed in the plant office such as filing field inspections, issuing repair work orders and checking maintenance records and parts inventories can now be done out in the field. In addition, safety applications such as Wi-Fi based video surveillance and personnel location (man-down, mustering) can now be easily and cost effectively deployed in all plant areas including hazardous locations.