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LightPointe, a Manufacturer of Wireless Bridges, Deploys Industrial Wireless Solution for ArcelorMittal, the World's Largest Steel Producer

Donnerstag, 16.02.2017 20:35 von PR Newswire

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SAN DIEGO and BRUSSELS, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LightPointe, a manufacturer of point to point radios and laser bridges used for data networks and security cameras, announced that ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT), the world's largest producer of steel, deployed its 60 GHz solutions in an industrial wireless application. In its steel production and manufacturing processes, ArcelorMittal was utilizing an existing system consisting of two 5 GHz radios to transmit videos from cameras on a large movable rail-based platform.

"This deployment of LightPointe radios in an industrial wireless application illustrates the benefits of 60 GHz radios in manufacturing and security camera environments, where safety, precision, and reliability are paramount," said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe. "LightPointe's 60 GHz radio was connected to three Axis cameras, which monitor the steel plant's rail platform and processes, and transmit PLC traffic. LightPointe's AireLink 60 SX provides up to 100 times the bandwidth of the combined capacity of the two legacy 5 GHz radios which were replaced, and at much lower latency. Our 60 GHz radio is ideally suited for low latency real-time applications in the industrial communications sector, as well as building to building LAN connectivity."

"We're very pleased with the increase in performance achieved by replacing the radios we previously used to transmit camera videos at the ArcelorMittal steel production plant in Ghent, Belgium," said Davy Schatteman, ArcelorMittal's manager responsible for upgrading the industrial wireless system. "LightPointe's radios enable us to transmit camera feeds with greater reliability even while the rail platform moves, which enhanced our ability to monitor the  production in real time, thus ensuring high quality and safety."

The legacy system in place at the factory had high latency, slow transmission, and only provided a total of 6 Mbps of capacity. It was prone to radio frequency interference and reliability problems which led to video feeds not being transmitted well, especially during rail system movement.

"We selected LightPointe's 60 GHz solution because of its compact design, low latency, and nine levels of adaptive modulation, which automatically optimizes the data rate for the security cameras," said Erik Delcart, senior account manager for Black Box Network Services, a wireless distributor and integrator which recommended the LightPointe solution to ArcelorMittal. "In a steel manufacturing plant, where safety and quality of production are critical, it's essential that all camera feeds transmit evenly during movement of the production rail platform."

About LightPointe
LightPointe ( is a San Diego manufacturer of wireless bridges for campus building-to-building connectivity, video security and surveillance networks, industrial communications networks, as well as the ISP and carrier backhaul market.

About ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, ArcelorMittal is the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

About Black Box Network Services
Black Box Network Services is the world's largest independent provider of communications, infrastructure, and product solutions.


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