Plexus Powernet delivers high-speed connectivity to the face at MacLean’s test mine in Sudbury, Canada. (Photo: MacLean Engineering)

Matrix Design Group is introducing Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNet networking system to the U.S. market. The first coaxial-based gigabit network, Plexus PowerNet provides both data and power over a single cable. The system delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and any other IP-based devices.

The PowerNet coaxial cable carries both power and network connectivity, eliminating the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The system can also extend to a fiber-optic-based system from the fiber patch panel at any level as needed. It eliminates the need for costly outside fiber-optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any mine personnel.

“For a mining application, Maestro gives mines the ability to have high-speed data and power without the technical and time constraints of running a fiber network to the face of the mine,” said Chris Adkins, sales and business development, Matrix Design Group. “Of course, the maintenance requirements of fiber are complex, but Maestro has reinvented the high-speed data network, allowing delivery of real-time data and power combined into one durable coaxial cable that’s easy to install, maintain and repair.”

The Plexus PowerNet is a backbone network system that can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network. Supporting existing underground infrastructure, Plexus provides network connectivity to new and existing IIoT devices and automation technologies. It enables the digital mine and connected worker for: autonomous and teleremote vehicles; telemetry to drills, loaders and support equipment; support for Short Interval Control and connectivity to tablet and smart devices; IoT sensors, such as environmental and seismicity; Voice over IP (VoIP); augmented reality; asset tracking; PoE+ based IP cameras and PoE+ LED lights for paste fill; and PLC connectivity. Plexus is an enabling technology for the digital mine.

“The collaboration with Matrix Design Group is an essential part of expanding our reach into the U.S. market with a team that understands the value of our digital network solution and how it aligns with the mines in the area,” Maestro Cofounder and CEO Michael Gribbons said. “Bringing digital solutions, such as the Plexus PowerNet, online enables worker safety, increased production and reduced costs; all of which are vital to Maestro and Matrix.”