Modern mining is a high-tech undertaking in decidedly hostile environments. Safe and efficient open pit mine operation requires precise coordination of some of the world’s largest, most expensive machines in settings characterized by punishing heat and cold as well as extreme shock and vibration.
Tropos broadband wireless networks quickly and reliably enable applications essential to safe, successful mine operation including:
- Transmission of equipment telemetry data – remote diagnosis of problems with heavy equipment in the field as well as determining the optimal time for routine and preventative maintenance saves time and money
- Live monitoring of trucks – monitoring truck speed and load, as well as tire pressure and temperature, maximizes tire life
- Real-time video feeds – increase situational awareness of equipment operators, dispatch staff and office personnel while time-stamped recordings support remote correlation of alarms with actual events
- Video surveillance – monitoring key facilities such explosive storage and mixing sites enhances security
- Real-time guidance, alignment and collision avoidance systems – improve safety and efficiency
- Site entry/perimeter security systems – control access to enhance security
- Safety systems including “man down” systems – improve worker safety
- Field access to drill and blast application data – quickly determine the proper amount of explosive to use
- Streaming data from radar scans of high walls – enables stability analysis to promote safety and efficiency
- Connectivity for onsite office staff whose offices move regularly – cost-effectively enhances productivity
- Mining Management Software (MMS) – enables communications for remote diagnosis and operational data for improved operational efficiency
Broadband wireless communication using products from Tropos Networks and its Troposphere Solution Partners are used in a range of mining applications by numerous mining companies, including:
- BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance in Australia uses Tropos in open pit coal mines to improve safety, communications and operational efficiencies in a dynamic environment.
- Fortescue Metals Group Limited, (FMGL) in Australia uses mine management software over a Tropos network to support precision mining operations.
- PotashCorp-Aurora in North Carolina uses their Tropos outdoor wireless mesh network to transport real-time telemetry data monitoring, enabling PotashCorp-Aurora to minimize unscheduled maintenance and increase uptime.