5 Reasons Why Skipping your Service Level Agreement Renewal Might Cost You More Than You Think

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Service Level Agreements (SLA) are traditionally seen as an insurance policy. It’s great when you need it but its value tends to be questioned after a few years, if it’s not fully leveraged.

The situation has become worse over the last few years, coming out of the mining downturn, as many miners decided to take the ‘risk’ of not renewing their SLA in order to reduce their operational costs. The direct savings might have been obvious but the indirect costs of not renewing have often been overlooked.

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Improving network and application management though complete hardware integration

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As more data is collected from your mobile fleet for real time monitoring and data analytics, the pressure placed on your mine’s wireless network has never been so high. Often associated with the collection of this data is an increase in hardware installed on-board your mobile fleet for all the required applications, as well as the connectivity solution.

Guaranteeing autonomy with a mission critical network

By Categories: Data Access, Integration, Wireless Network Design

5 Reasons why Network Downtime Affects your Productivity

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With an increasing number of mines in the process of digital transformation, reliability of your wireless network is becoming paramount. Real time or near real-time data access to fleet data is now a requirement for mines of all sizes, and failure of those wireless networks isn’t only critical for autonomous sites.

We will discuss here five examples of how network downtime, even in a non-autonomous environment, can affect your productivity by impacting a variety of business units within your mine.

By Categories: Data Access, Productivity Optimization, Wireless Network Design

Monitoring your Wireless Network 101: Best Practices

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By definition, the connected mine requires connection to all your mobile and fixed devices at any one time. Monitoring of your wireless network to ensure its reliability and connection to all your devices is therefore paramount.

However, the unique environment in which miners operate, only allowing for a limited network bandwidth, combined with the criticality of the mining fleet applications quickly differentiate network monitoring solutions.

By Categories: Digitalization, Wireless Network Design, Wireless Technology

No more stress and downtime when upgrading your mine wireless network

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The thought of upgrading your in-pit wireless network can be a bit daunting and nerve-wracking. Are you going to have to suffer through a fork-lift upgrade? What kind of downtime will be associated? Will that downtime be network wide, or only on a few items at a time?

A little planning, and the right technology choices can take all the fear and concern out of this significant event.

No more stress and downtime when upgrading your wireless network

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Upgrading and maintaining your autonomy ready wireless network efficiently and effectively.

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No matter the size of your operations, digitalization has become a requirement for any mine aiming at remaining competitive. The digital transformation process does however vary from mine to mine, and is influenced by a large number of factors including financial, environmental, operational and safety.

Autonomy can be seen as the ultimate level of a Digital Mine, where safety is increased and production is optimized. When the downtime cost of your equipment exceeds US$10,000/hour/fleet, success of the autonomous mine relies on successful deployment and ongoing management of your wireless network.
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Enabling your Digital Mine with sound Wireless Network Design Principles

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Between recent volatility of commodity prices and an increasingly competitive environment, real time visibility into mining operations through implementation of a ‘digital mine’ has become paramount. Almost every facet of mining operations has the ability to be digitally transformed, and the opportunity over the next decade is massive with almost all of the benefits tied to driving down cost per ton.

What some may forget however is that access to this data relies first and foremost on a reliable wireless network that has the ability to adapt as the mining operation changes, and supports the increasing amount of data required.

Enabling the digital mine with sound wireless network design

By Categories: Digitalization, Wireless Network Design

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

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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