Enabling your digital mine through production data access

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Over the years, I’ve had several customers who were looking for network enhancements explain to me the value of the data they pull from their fleet equipment. While in most cases, hardware failure of a radio or computer on-board a truck or a shovel doesn’t prevent that equipment from moving ore, it certainly brings to a rapid halt the collection of the critical data associated with that activity.

Missing those loads in the productivity counts for the shift isn’t an option. In my customers’ view, that application data was just as critical as the physical material moved.
Enabling the Digital Mine through production data access

By Categories: Digitization, Productivity Optimization, Surface Mining

Enabling your digital mine with hybrid LTE/Wi-Fi network

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LTE offers good support for a multitude of applications over long distances, with some potentially significant advantages over Wi-Fi based solutions, particularly in the areas of interference and contention mitigation. However, there are still a number of challenges around meeting the demands of outdoor industrial real-time applications.

A hybrid LTE/Wi-Fi network may provide miners with the network their digital mine requires, especially as autonomy is more commonly deployed.
Enabling the Digital Mine with Hybrid LTE/Wi-Fi Networks

By Categories: Digitization, LTE for Mining, Wireless Technology

Enabling your Digital Mine with sound Wireless Network Design Principles

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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

By Categories: Digitization, Wireless Network Design

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

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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.

By Categories: Technology Solutions, Wireless Technology

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

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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.

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

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

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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?

By Categories: Surface Mining, Technology Solutions, Wireless Technology

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

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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

By Categories: Mining Technology Solutions, Technology Solutions, Wireless Technology