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Wi-Fi Over Coax and Cybersecurity for OT Networks

A robust, easy-to-install, and simple-to-operate way to provide coverage to all areas of the mine. Vernetzen’s Wi-Fi over Coax (WoC) solution combines the reliability, affordability, and flexibility of Ethernet and Wi-Fi with the connectivity and simplicity of Leaky Feeder – making it ideal for the Operational Technology (OT) networks today’s miners rely on to keep their operations safe and productive. Keeping the network secure once it is set up is a priority, so Vernetzen also offers OT risk assessments that identify and highlight cybersecurity issues.


Play it Safe When it Comes to Your Mine’s OT Network

As SCADA and automation become more commonplace in mines around the world, Operational Technology (OT) networks become increasingly important to facilitate these data-dependent activities.

At the same time, we are seeing substantial convergence of OT and more traditional IT networks as this improves data flow and sharing — in many mines there is now little or no separation between the two types of network.

This convergence has a downside, though: increased cybersecurity risks. To counteract this, regular network risk assessments are essential.

Individuals who understand and have experience with both OT and traditional IT networks are scarce. Vernetzen has cross-skilled people to properly perform mine cybersecurity assessments.

WoC – A New Approach to OT Networks

Wi-Fi Over Coax (WoC) has been designed for:

Harsh environments like those found in mines – water and dustproof (IP67 rated).

WoC provides continuous connectivity for static and mobile applications, offers fast roaming to enable autonomous operation of critical mobile assets, delivers a high-reliability solution for applications that can’t tolerate even the shortest drops in wireless connectivity, and offers high bandwidth and reliability.

WoC is easy to install, easy to monitor and manage, and easy to troubleshoot — existing mine personnel with the right skills can easily deploy and operate the solution.

At RAMJACK Technology Solutions, we offer solutions from Vernetzen to clients in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.