On April 9, Strata Worldwide announced StrataConnect DigitalBRIDGE, a new underground network solution created through a recently established partnership with RFI Technology Solutions of Australia. Available immediately in the Americas, as well as South Africa through Strata Worldwide distribution, StrataConnect DigitalBRIDGE is a patent-pending coaxial cable technology for high-speed digital data transfer, telemetry and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications in underground environments.

This system bridges the gap between existing technologies by providing a simple-to-install, low-cost option for expanding underground networks beyond the reach of fiber without needing to run additional power, Strata said.

“The heart of the DigitalBRIDGE system is a specially designed coaxial cable that transfers electrical power as well as data, which results in significant time and cost savings for the mines,” said Mike Berube, CEO of Strata Worldwide.

DigitalBRIDGE coax cable provides complete network flexibility with the ability to add end-point devices at any point along the cable, Wi-Fi access points, gas sensors, atmospheric monitors, RFID readers, cameras and more. The system’s cable segments can extend up to 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) without the need for a repeater or dedicated power source.