Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 and Firmware Updates Released

3D‐P, a leading provider of technology products for the mining industry, is pleased to announce the release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 along with the latest firmware releases for the Intelligent Endpoint line.

Endpoint Manager is a software utility that allows administrators to quickly and cost-effectively manage their Intelligent Endpoint™ (IEP) network from a central location.  The release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 enables the configuration of Intelligent Endpoint functionality in the new firmware release 110715-30, including:

  • Broadcast Proxy support for applications such as Modular’s MineCompass moving map display
  • Multicast support for applications such as the Terrain Server component of CAT® Minestar™.
  • Enhancements to our WLAN Network Interface to optimize the handoff of Intelligent Endpoints as they roam between access points as well as extended security options
  • Network Performance Monitoring tools that can provide graphical or a historical view of network performance on the Intelligent Endpoint interfaces

Endpoint Manager also includes an Advanced System Settings configuration tab for an additional “expert” level of remote customization, and tools for creating a second partition on Intelligent Endpoints for data storage.

Customers with an existing Service Level Agreement are entitled to a upgrade their firmware for all their Intelligent Endpoints along with Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 at no charge providing they have already purchased an earlier release.

All firmware loads and software mentioned will be made available to download to qualified customers via the 3D-P ftp site  Please contact our Customer Support group via email at support@3d-p.com or here.

For further details, please click here or contact your Account Manager.

Endpoint Manager and new firmware webinar:


By Categories: Mining Technology Solutions, Recommended, Surface Mining, Technology Solutions

A Modern Look at Mining Technology

By Mal Jones, 3D-P’s  AsiaPac  Sales Manager

Many current pieces of mining equipment weren’t designed with modern networks in mind, so they all speak different languages. When critical information, such as GPS, slope monitoring, dispatching, dewatering, safety, machine health, etc. can’t be exchanged, efficiency, productivity, and safety are impacted.

3D-P solves these problems with the Intelligent Endpoint™ product line. Now for the first time, all applications can operate across an entire mine on a single high-speed wireless network with modern IP access to all valuable information.

Developed specifically for mining and heavy industrial use, Intelligent Endpoints are ruggedized networking and open computing platforms that provide seamless connectivity, even with on-machine applications not designed for modern networks.

Intelligent Endpoints are based on open systems and designed to be flexible, enabling an operation to connect any manufacturer’s mobile or field systems. And the really good news is 3D-P products allow a mining company to leverage and extend their existing technology investment.

If a certain system or function in a mine wasn’t compatible before, now it can be. The open architecture of the Intelligent Endpoint enables the mine to consolidate their legacy and current technologies onto a single network platform. Intelligent Endpoints gives them a common platform that can be used to provide connectivity to new systems and old, providing uninterrupted, reliable communications for all of the mine’s technology assets. Now the aggregate data from various systems throughout the mine can be instantly converted into actionable information, all to help lower cost of production and improve a mine’s safety.

If you would like more information on modern solutions for a not so modern mining operation, contact us at sales@3d-p.com or visit us at www.3d-p.com

By Categories: Mining Technology Solutions, Surface Mining, Technology Solutions

Largest Gold Producer in the Northern Hemisphere Replaced Modular Network with 3D-P Open Source 802.11n Wireless Network.

This Conversion Resulted in 99% Up-Time.

Press Release: Calgary, Alberta, Canada – April 25, 2012:  3D-P, the leading resource for technologically-advanced onboard open-sourced computing platforms and wireless networks, announced today a successful deployment of 802.11n wireless network at a Canadian-based gold mining company. This is the first successful deployment of its kind in a surface mining environment.

The deployment met the demands for higher through-put requirements from intensive data-driven application on board the mobile fleet as well as provided future bandwidth requirements for additional applications.

“This is the future of mining,” stated Sean McClary, 3D-P’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “We are seeing more and more mining companies wanting wireless networks, even those who really aren’t set up for modern technology.  3D-P products are designed to work within those systems. This first installation will be our show piece for mines across the world.”

3D-P uses the most rugged, technologically-advanced onboard open-sourced computing platforms and wireless networks to keep mines, operations and people connected. 3D-P can enable control and visibility of every facet of a company’s mining assets and resources in real-time so companies can boost productivity and up profits.

About 3D-P

3D-P was formed in 1996 to bring world-class technologies to mining and the natural resource industry. Our products increase productivity and decrease costs through the implementation of technology that is proven, reliable and cost effective.

Our team of experts includes Mining Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Telecommunications Engineers, Consultants and Software Engineers that have decades of experience in the Natural Resource industry developing advanced technology systems. We bring that experience to work every day solving your mobile application and wireless network problems. Visit us online to learn more http://www.3D-P.com, and follow our blog:  3dpglobalmining.wordpress.com

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Technology Leapfrog

By Hugo Untiveros, Latin American Sales

What to choose?

While today’s technology changes very fast and allows more flexibility when interacting with different players; what and when to pick the technology is the key. However, most of the time choosing the right technology is a task that cannot be accomplished alone or at least without a right partnership.

Meeting your needs

You might have picked the right technology, but how long will it last in a hostile environment as the mining operations?

Reliability is another key factor for success, where humidity, static, lighting, dust, rain, mud, and even snow are just part of the day-to-day scenario. Indoor technology won’t last long in outdoor environments.

Did I mention altitude? Yes, altitude can change how equipment behaves and could have a big impact in productivity. Yes, ruggedness is a must when picking the right technology.

Technology leapfrog

Latin America mining is in privileged position where choosing the right partner with the right experience is an essential step to success. The true partner can point you in the right direction without unnecessary steps; saving you time and effort, which translates into money and money is what makes this business a challenge.

Next time you look for a solution for your mining operations, the first task to complete is choosing the right technology-partner.

By Categories: Surface Mining, Technology Solutions

Taking a Lesson from Corporate IT: Overcoming Technology Creep

Open-Pit or Surface Mines

By Sean McClary

Not long ago a typical surface mine needed very little in terms of data across a wireless network. Fast forward to today and that same mine may need 10 or 20 times the wireless network throughput. Unfortunately, many mines have never addressed the need at the wireless infrastructure layer and are not able to take advantage of the latest technologies that can lower cost and increase production, efficiency and safety.

It’s no secret that technology in the mining space is picking up speed, but to take advantage of the many benefits of new, onboard applications two factors have to be in place:

  1. A reliable wireless network
  2. Space to mount and house the applications within the cab of the equipment

In many instances neither the wireless network nor the space within the cab is available.  Thus, mining companies very often are unable to take advantage of technologies that can create the efficiencies.   Too often we hear complaints about having to install multiple appliances because the different technologies are unable to communicate together.   There just isn’t enough space to install a multitude of boxes and screens to support all of the technologies.

In addition to space constraints within the cab, bandwidth requirements are an issue. Can the existing wireless network handle the bandwidth requirements of the onboard technologies?  Most surface and open pit mining operations throughout the world operate with wireless technology to communicate within the mine and to transfer all of the data from the different in-pit applications and onboard applications.

This is where technology creep comes into play: too many applications on an out-of-date or insufficient platform. Therefore, when considering onboard technologies a producer has to consider:

  1. The initial value and impact
  2. If current operations can support these new technologies

So, what’s the solution? Surface and open-pit mining operations would benefit from a single, onboard, ruggedized computing and networking appliance that would not only handle all the onboard applications but simultaneously manage the wireless network as well.

The reality is that this is not a radical new idea.  This methodology has been implemented at the corporate level for over 15 years.  In the IT space it is commonly referred to as “NAM” or Network and Application Management.   Many companies over the years such as F5 Networks, Packeteer as well as others have built a $20B market catering to corporations who were unable to manage the ever increasing need for additional network bandwidth while simultaneously growing the business. NAMs have successfully added new applications and integrated new users to the network.  These companies were successful at developing an appliance box that was capable of managing the network bandwidth without having to add bandwidth, applications accessing the network and finally the end users.  Corporations and businesses utilizing NAMs have decrease cost of operations by as much as 20% – 30% adding back to their bottom line and increasing ROI.

So the question is, “If the IT space has proven NAMs effective, why has the wireless mobile space been slow to adapt?”  Here are some of the factors to consider:

  1. Unlike fixed piped networks at the corporate level, wireless is unstable in most instances with too many variables that provide low quality of service.
  2. Wireless applications for the mobile environment have just really begun to hit the market.
  3. Not enough understanding of requirements and need for developing a management layer at the mobile client level.
  4. Insufficient demand of a solution from end users

With that being said, a lot of this has changed over the past year.  Customers are now looking to take advantage of net new technologies and applications that allow for increased production, and lower cost.  As it was on the corporate side 15 years ago, mine operators are seeking long term best-of-breed solutions to future needs and forgoing short-term technology stacks.

The soup-to-nuts technology stacks are being seen as old school and not advantageous for today’s modern mine. An example of this would be when an open-pit mining operation is operating a mixed fleet and decides on multiple systems from multiple vendors. They buy a Dispatch system from one vendor, a Health Monitoring system from a second vendor and a Proximity & Situational Awareness system from a third vendor.  While these systems fit the needs of the mine, the Dispatch System vendor often times locks down their network and the protocols, interfaces and securities of their onboard solution, not allowing the mine to utilize an existing network which they have bought and paid for.

Mining companies must do as the corporate world did in the late 90s. They need to bring pressure on the OEM application vendor to provide the application, while the mine provides the best wireless network for their goals and objectives. This would bring the change necessary to elevate mining operations to the 21st century. The mine could then install the necessary mobile asset applications on a single, open source appliance. This would allow them the flexibility of having best-of-breed applications and networks not only for today but in the future as technologies change.

Just as the corporate world showed us, there is a need for an open source computing and networking platform:  An agnostic system that will allow all applications, regardless of vendor, to reside on the appliance, as well as, a networking platform that will adapt to any radio technology and provide security, reliability and functionality unparalleled in the industry today.  Such a system would allow for network management and instant wireless network health monitoring. Additionally, this system would manage the applications looking to gain access to the network much in the same way corporate environments manage network with protocols, QOS, prioritization, packet shaping, and even timed or event based reporting capabilities.

Much of what has been described is actually possible today, but adoption and understanding by mining environment is slow.  Mining companies often feel they are at the mercy of the vendor and the solution(s) presented and offered. Isn’t it time, to make a change?

If you would like to better understand how 3D-P technologies can assist you in realizing these possibilities, please contact us toll free at 800-955-9337 or visit our website at www.3D-P.com.

By Categories: Surface Mining, Technology Solutions