Supporting Autonomy with a mission-critical network

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While mining applications initially required only basic telemetry to transmit data, the rise of more complex applications, including fleet management, resulted in a requirement for better performing networks.

The recent introduction of remote control and autonomous applications just increased the difficulty of the challenge.

Guaranteeing autonomy with a mission critical network

By Categories: Autonomy, LTE for Mining, Mining Technology Solutions, Uncategorized

Reliable connectivity for your mobile applications: Where do you start?

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While we all dream of the day where we can buy just one thing to solve our communications challenges in the mining environment, we all know the design specification for the silver bullet is a long way off (as in “that’s never going to happen”).

So where does that leave us? Well it’s a matter of opinion of course. For this crusty old consultant, the answer is one size never fits all. For me, the answer has always been what do I have in my tool belt that can solve this particular customer problem that makes sense for the customer and their application.

We are essentially talking about finding a business solution and not a vendor driven technology choice. As always, the answer lies in understanding the problem fully as it relates to the business operation in question.

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

More ways to bring your CFO to tears Part 2. Do your shareholders want to know about failed Proof of Concept projects or smart business leadership?

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All jokes aside, now heading into the twilight years of my career I have the unique honour of being asked my opinion about various subjects in my area of experience and some may say expertise. For anyone that knows me, you will get that I am driven from a place of always trying to do what is right by my customer and this conversation is less about technology and more about process.

While some may see my blog title as sarcastic or tongue in cheek, my point is to create some thought about who do you work for? And, is what I am doing right now bringing value to the shareholders now or in the future? If I am working on the strategic aspects of the business cycle, am I acting in the smartest way possible?

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Digital transformation as a science project and how to make your CFO cry!

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All of our industry leaders talk about innovation as one of the key mechanisms to step change in our business. The conversation is as applicable in any industry as it is in mining. As a result, we certainly have no shortage of research organisations, committees, in-house research and development teams all working diligently to drive greater value in our respective ecosystems.

By Categories: Digitization, Mining Technology Solutions

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

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

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From Connected IoT to Smart IoT

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shutterstock_91152044The mining industry has ever increasing requirements for access to productivity and asset health information from in-pit and mobile devices, allowing the mine to adapt more quickly to changing requirements and conditions in the mine and resulting 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 (IoT).

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