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?

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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?

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

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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!!

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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.

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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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By Categories: Technology Solutions, Wireless Technology

3 Tricks for reliably scaling your in-pit wireless network.

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Asset Health, IoT, Fleet Management, Productivity Monitoring, High Precision GPS, Safety, Security, Asset Tracking, Communication, Connectivity. There’s a lot happening on your wireless network. It seems the request for more data and more access is nearly non-stop.

How do you scale your network to handle this constant increase in scope?

How to scale your wireless network reliably?

By Categories: Surface Mining, Wireless Network Design

Autonomous pushing the envelope.

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Autonomous Haulage Systems are raising the stakes for reliable wireless infrastructure. These systems represent a step change in the criticality of your wireless network and the spectrum they run on. Any gaps in coverage or issues with latency, jitter, or dropped packets can bring the haul trucks to a stand still causing substantial production losses. As more and more critical systems rely on excellent connectivity, understanding the importance and impact of a reliable and robust wireless infrastructure, and proper spectrum management, is critical to ensuring effective realization of the ROI these application can provide. Is your wireless network up to the challenge?

Which direction to follow when it comes to the performance of your mining operations

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We have all been there, looking for direction. But what does it take when it comes to the performance of your mining operations?

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We all have been through this, looking for direction. No matter if it’s driving the family to a new vacation destination or utilizing technology in mine operations to improve efficiency and safety. It’s all the same, we are looking for direction.

Which direction to follow when it comes to the performance of your mining operations

By Categories: Productivity Optimization, Surface Mining, Technology Solutions

Wireless Networks. Why technology brand never comes first.

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While it’s often a desire, there is rarely one technology that fits all. And wireless technology is no different in this context. Selection of the right wireless technology to meet the demands and scale of your environment, applications and data requirements really need to be considered before one starts looking at technology for your business.

This is a process that we typically break into 3 stages. The first stage, the discovery process, covers 3 main specific aspects about your business.

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By Categories: Surface Mining, Uncategorized, Wireless Network Design, Wireless Technology

It’s never as easy as it seems… Designing and deploying industrial outdoor wireless network.

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So you want to build a wireless network to support your industrial applications? Easy, right? Just get a nice high powered Access Point, shove it up high in the air, and make sure you cover as much of your desired coverage area as you can.

There you go, job done! Actually, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

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By Categories: Wireless Network Design