The Internet of Things (IoT) offers big value for mining. Ever increasing access to productivity and asset health information from in-pit and mobile devices, allows miners to adapt more quickly to changing requirements and conditions in the mine, and results in greater productivity and safety decisions. The collection of this data from the many connected in-field devices is known as the connected Internet of Things.
The next generation of IoT push is moving from a simply “connected” environment to a “smart” environment. In this new environment, mines move beyond simply collecting the data, to an environment that leverages this new wealth of IoT data at the “edge”, enabling real-time decisions by improving the devices ability to self-monitor, self-diagnose, and ultimately self-direct.
3D-P’s solutions include the critical components of a Smart IoT solution:
1. The 3D-P Intelligent Endpoint® (IEP) is a highly capable edge-computing device. The IEP is an open computing platform with interfaces for communications to all mobile equipment systems and a broad suite of utility applications to manage data flow over the network, trigger actions based on geo-fences and monitor network performance. Native and third party applications can be hosted on the IEP, performing edge computing functions which utilize the available data prior to sending it over the network, reducing the network load and the amount of expensive hardware on the equipment.
2. The 3D-P IEP also provides a built-for-purpose, rugged, networking device for heavy equipment platforms that includes multiple interface capabilities specific to mining application demands, and a variety of radio options comprising dual Wi-Fi, LTE, or a full client meshing Rajant ME4 solution. GPS is included, with HPGPS options available.
3. 3D-P’s wireless networks are designed for real-time mine operations with design features which specifically target the mining environment and the unique challenges it presents.