Overcoming the challenges associated with your GPS corrections

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Since the first broadband wireless network deployments in mining, there has been a strong use case for sending GPS corrections over these networks. GPS corrections are relatively small packets that are transmitted once per second from the GPS base station and must be received, with as little latency as possible, and in sequence, by the High Precision GPS (HPGPS) Receivers onsite. These relatively small packets should theoretically have little impact on the network, and since coverage is typically available, it seems a good fit.

3D-P Overcoming the challenges associated with GPS Corrections

By Categories: Surface Mining, Technology Solutions, Wireless Technology

Reducing the risk management associated with deployment of your Digital Mine

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Increase of safety, productivity and decrease of overall machine downtime have been key drivers for digitalization in mining. This process has however a cost that may have limited or slowed down some miners in deploying technologies at their site, due to a challenge in calculating and predicting ROI.

The fact is that without a proper long term plan of your data requirements, your technology expenditure can be significantly higher than expected over the course of several years. An open computing platform can create a bridge for deployment of multiple technologies over a period of time, supporting migration to a Digital Mine cost effectively.

Protecting your Digital Mine

By Categories: Data Access, Enabling the Digital Mine, Surface Mining, Uncategorized

Supporting your Digital Mine

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The ongoing support of a digital mine is not something that should be ignored. A properly designed, deployed, and tuned wireless network requires a conscious effort. Keeping the network in a peak-operating state requires trained resources who understand the challenges of wireless networks within an ever changing environment.

Ongoing support can mean many things to different people. The most popular views are broken up into three categories: Collaborative approach; hands-off approach; in-sources approach.

Supporting your Digital Mine

By Categories: Enabling the Digital Mine, Surface Mining

Optimizing access to your Data, the Core of your Digital Mine

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Data is the core of the digital mine. One of my first projects in mining was catching haul trucks during shift changes, at fuel islands, and in the truck shops. I would download the asset health data from the machine onto a laptop, then take that data back into the office, and import it into our database. I’d spend as much time as I could with the mechanics in the shop, the maintenance planners, and the dispatchers, trying to understand challenges and listen to stories of frustration that seemed to be frequently repeated. I’d take those stories back to the database and try to find the data that would help us understand those challenges, and any triggers or tales that may be told by the data.

Optimizing Access to your Fleet Data

By Categories: Data Access, Enabling the Digital Mine, Surface Mining

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: Enabling the Digital Mine, Productivity Optimization, Surface Mining, Uncategorized

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

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