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

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Protecting your digital mine from cyber attacks

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Operational environments are no longer deployed in isolation and the attack surface continues to grow making it harder to secure the operational process. As organizations continue to digitize and look to differentiate within the market place, the traditional air-gapped operational environment no longer exists.

Therefore, more needs to done in order to ensure that proper controls are in place and greater overall visibility is achieved. Time to go beyond passive defenses and move towards active defense.

Protecting your Digital Mine

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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.

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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?

Hybrid LTE Wi-Fi network

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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!!

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.

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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?

Picture of a maze

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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

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