As a result of digitalisation and Industry 4.0, network connections now need to be available in zones that are particularly critical from a safety point of view: potentially explosive atmospheres – also referred to as Ex zones. We can help you even in such sensitive zones. Together with our partner Bartec, we have the right solution for Ex zone 1.
How Wireless X works
In Wireless X, Bartec provides an enclosure that enables the use of access points from leading network manufacturers in zone 1 potentially explosive atmospheres. The difference between this and other solutions for ex-protected areas is that is does not rely on a special access point but uses an enclosure for the access point. The enclosure consists of an aluminium mounting bracket and a plastic dome transparent to HF. It is certified to IP67 as well as for IECEx and ATEX zone 1. Weighing in at 8 kg and measuring 45 cm in diameter, Wireless X is much smaller and lighter than other solutions for Ex 1 zones, which can weigh up to 50 kg due to their 100% steel enclosure with external antennas.
What makes this solution so special in terms of network technology is the fact that the Wireless X enclosure provides space for access points from a large number of manufacturers, including Cisco and Meraki. We will be glad to advise you on whether your Wi-Fi solution fits into the Wireless X enclosure or on which access points would represent an effective alternative when it comes to achieving a seamless Wi-Fi environment. The Bartec solution therefore provides major benefits compared to other products. Using a protected housing means that the same Wi-Fi solution can be used as that deployed outside of the Ex-category zones, thus enabling a uniform network solution for the entire site.
Bartec enables uniform access points
The advantages for network management are plain to see: managing the network becomes significantly easier as a uniform solution can be rolled out for the entire site. This has major benefits for network security, eradicates sources of error and has many other benefits that at first glance may not be so obvious. These include, for example, enhanced roaming between access points.
In the next few years, the demand for powerful Wi-Fi solutions will become increasingly diverse, a development that will also affect potentially hazardous areas. Machine automation and modern robots with monitoring systems that can automatically perform monitoring tours are two areas that are particularly dependent on high-performance Wi-Fi.
In these areas, it is also difficult to respond to networking faults, which is why it makes sense to opt for AI and cloud support with the network solution. This is possible with Bartec’s enclosure.
There is no extra effort involved for our customers. We take care of the professional, certified enclosing of the access points in addition to HCD’s normal service. Upon request, you will receive the access points with the desired firmware version, the correct configuration and already enclosed. All that remains is to install them at the right location – thanks to worldwide shipping, we can equip your locations all around the globe. We will be glad to provide you with advice on our network solutions.