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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From Connected IoT to Smart IoT

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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Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 and Firmware Updates Released

3D‐P, a leading provider of technology products for the mining industry, is pleased to announce the release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 along with the latest firmware releases for the Intelligent Endpoint line.

Endpoint Manager is a software utility that allows administrators to quickly and cost-effectively manage their Intelligent Endpoint™ (IEP) network from a central location.  The release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 enables the configuration of Intelligent Endpoint functionality in the new firmware release 110715-30, including:

  • Broadcast Proxy support for applications such as Modular’s MineCompass moving map display
  • Multicast support for applications such as the Terrain Server component of CAT® Minestar™.
  • Enhancements to our WLAN Network Interface to optimize the handoff of Intelligent Endpoints as they roam between access points as well as extended security options
  • Network Performance Monitoring tools that can provide graphical or a historical view of network performance on the Intelligent Endpoint interfaces

Endpoint Manager also includes an Advanced System Settings configuration tab for an additional “expert” level of remote customization, and tools for creating a second partition on Intelligent Endpoints for data storage.

Customers with an existing Service Level Agreement are entitled to a upgrade their firmware for all their Intelligent Endpoints along with Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 at no charge providing they have already purchased an earlier release.

All firmware loads and software mentioned will be made available to download to qualified customers via the 3D-P ftp site  Please contact our Customer Support group via email at support@3d-p.com or here.

For further details, please click here or contact your Account Manager.

Endpoint Manager and new firmware webinar:

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Communications International’s 3D-P Offering/Oferenda

Communications International is 3D-P’s exclusive distribution partner in Asia, Africa, Europe and parts of South America.

As a communications designer and technology integrator, Comms International delivers customer-driven, on-board 3D-P technology solutions either based on standard designs or tailored designs per customer requirements.

For more information in English, click here: Comms International 3D-P English

Como designer de redes de comunicação e integrador de technologias, a Comms International apresenta a Solução de technologia embarcada 3D-P, que  pode  tanto adotar tecnologias padrão, quanto projectos sobre madida, de acordo com as necessidades do cliente.

Clique aqui para mais informações:  Comms International 3D-P Portuguese

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3D-P Delivers Mining Technology Solutions

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Mining companies understand the importance of knowing exactly where they are mining, the quality of the goods they are mining,  and creating efficiencies to deliver the product at the lowest cost. Mission-critical data provided by technology is all-important in helping mines achieve their goals.

3D-P Delivers Solutions for Connecting Technology.

Advancing technology brings exciting new applications but also tons of headaches for those who have to manage the application layers. New technology vendors want their customers to add additional hardware along with product-specific wireless networks to support their applications. Unfortunately, this often makes an unmanageable mess, and as a result many mines are unable to take advantage of the latest technology developments.

3D-P Intelligent EndpointTM Solves This Problem.

By utilizing this technology platform, the mine now has an onboard, rugged appliance box that can manage both the applications and the network simultaneously no matter the applications or the network.

3D-P Intelligent Endpoint is Application & Network Friendly.

Intelligent Endpoint™ allows the mine flexibility that it never had before. The Intelligent Endpoint™ is completely agnostic, meaning it can work with any hardware, application and wireless network. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks.

3D-P Future-Proofs a Mine.

Whether your mine needs a complete wireless network upgrade in order to add new or additional applications, or you have a new mine and want to ensure that you are future proofing your mine, 3D-P can handle the situation.

Major Mining Companies Depend on 3D-P.

We employ experts proficient in mining and network equipment as well as application software engineers. Our proven experience meets not only the demands of today’s environment but tomorrow’s as well.

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