Enabling your Digital Mine with sound Wireless Network Design Principles

Between recent volatility of commodity prices and an increasingly competitive environment, real time visibility into mining operations through implementation of a ‘digital mine’ has become paramount. Almost every facet of mining operations has the ability to be digitally transformed, and the opportunity over the next decade is massive with almost all of the benefits tied to driving down cost per ton.

What some may forget however is that access to this data relies first and foremost on a reliable wireless network that has the ability to adapt as the mining operation changes, and supports the increasing amount of data required.

Enabling the digital mine with sound wireless network design

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How ruggedized is the Intelligent Endpoint? Test 5: Shot from a Cannon

Over our last videos, we’ve tried to kill the Intelligent Endpoint without much success. So, we brought out the big guns – a Civil War replica Cannon.
Going back to our shooting range, we first shot the IEP from a cannon before badly hitting it with a cannon ball.

Watch the results.

If you have more test ideas, don’t hesitate to share them with us.

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How ruggedized is the Intelligent Endpoint? Test 3: Shot by a .38

Testing the ruggedness of the 3D-P Intelligent Endpoint (IEP), we have so far thrown the same device out of an airplane (4 times!) and driven onto it. The IEP was still perfectly working at the end of those two tests.

So, we took it to the rifle range and practiced our shooting skills. Let’s see if our testing unit can take a bullet.

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Planning on deploying LTE at your site? See how the 3D-P IEP brings the Smart to your deployment.

As discussed in our last two blogs, LTE presents a number of advantages to the mining industry, but best performs when deployed as part of an hybrid Wi-Fi(mesh)/LTE network.

When LTE is selected as the technology of choice for your site and availability of spectrum is confirmed, which client communication do you then select?

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LTE/Wi-Fi Hybrid Networks: The best of both worlds

Network connectivity throughout mines can improve efficiencies, reduce costs and downtime. As mining applications evolve, the reliability of the networks that support them are becoming more critical than ever.

What if we could combine the benefits of a Wi-Fi or Mesh networks with the engineering and licensed characteristics of LTE?

Hybrid LTE Wi-Fi network

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Is LTE right for your business and how do you find out?

We are asked nearly every day, ‘so what about LTE? Do you have it, how much is it and can we get some?’

I reply, yes we do, but do you know why you are asking for it? Stunned silence, blank look, blink-blink, err… well it’s the latest wireless technology and it does everything!!

LTE wireless network in mining

I’m being cheeky here. There is an awful lot of hype and excitement about the use of LTE wireless in mining today, and indeed, there are many valid business cases for it but it may not be the answer for everyone and indeed, it may not even be possible where your mine operates or practical for the size of your operation.

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Choosing the right wireless technology for your applications.

We live in a wireless world. Technology is constantly evolving. New and improved connectivity is always right around the corner. Appropriately, every application vendor seems to have a wireless technology that they recommend for their application.
How do you determine if that technology best suits you and your business requirements today and tomorrow? Is that technology the best technology for you? Or is it the best technology for that application vendor and their business needs?

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