Mining and mission-critical wireless connectivity
Mining is fast embracing automation and incorporating digital technologies across its operations. These transformative digital applications all require business-critical network connectivity and, given the nature of mining operations, wireless mobile communications are ideal. A number of wireless point solutions, such as Wi-Fi, have been deployed over the last decade but have limited capabilities. 4.9G/LTE mobile technology is now available for private wireless networks. It is highly modular, simple to install, maintain and scale, and meets the requirements for even the most ambitious digital mining applications.
In this paper, we look at the current trends in the automation of mining, the strengths and capabilities of 4.9G/LTE and outline a number of use cases that demonstrate its potential to provide the industrial communications platform for the digital mine of the future.