Intelligent and dynamic wireless networks are the basis of digital mines

In today’s mining industry, ultra-wideband LTE networks are becoming a predominant option for Internet of Things (IoT) communication and networking. As mining operations become more data-centric and digital processes are increasingly used, industrial-grade private LTE has proven to provide exceptional coverage, high security, fast speeds and solid reliability for individual mine sites around the world.

LTE networks support connectivity for a wide range and large number of devices. This includes mobile and static sensors, phones, laptops, cameras, heavy equipment, autonomous vehicles, connected machinery, and digitally enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) in surface and underground facilities. It is a dedicated universal broadband that allows any type of communication and information exchange.

Mines have to work with huge amounts of data from many different resources located in many different places at once. The LTE wireless architecture is powerful and reliable and can be easily modified to support new sensors and additional applications. With this resource, mines have the ability to make decisions faster, increase safety, accelerate productivity and improve operational efficiency.

Safety and security

Safety and security are key concerns for mining companies – concerns that include environmental and equipment risks that can compromise the health and safety of people on site, as well as cyber threats and attacks against the company’s digital network. Physical security is enhanced with LTE with on-demand data helping to provide clear and extensive insight into operations. IoT sensing provides real-time visibility and digital data insight, dynamic machine tracking and scanning monitor machine operational health and safety, and virtual geofencing helps enforce exclusion zones or zones restricted and potentially dangerous. Modern digital PPE allows monitoring of worker location, alertness, and certain health parameters that increase the need for privacy and data security.

To maintain the security and integrity of the enterprise network, LTE offers a flexible and robust network architecture, as well as a layered security approach. Encryption, carrier-grade authentication, and intrusion detection points all help prevent unauthorized access.

Why not Wi-Fi?

LTE proves to be more versatile and reliable than Wi-Fi, even in underground operations. The technology offers much wider network coverage, improved performance for mobile devices, and greater bandwidth capacity. Compared to today’s Wi-Fi, LTE can offer the following advantages:

Low latency 10 ms to process a high volume of data with minimal delay

• Extended coverage to connect everyone and everything

• Big capacity to easily manage a growing number of devices, sensors and data

• Mobility built on reliable 3GPP mobile standards

• Better operational control and flexibility to improve security and respond quickly to changing business needs

• Critical reliability for quasi-continuous operations

• Predictable performance for industrial automation and real-time asset coordination

Reliable quality of service management (QoS)

Intrinsic resilience and cyber protection to ensure a truly secure and reliable connection

In 2021, Strata became a Nokia Channel Partner to market, distribute and service Nokia’s private LTE solutions in the mining markets of North America and Australia.

“Nokia’s industrial-grade private wireless delivers robust, reliable and secure low-latency connectivity to support safer, more efficient and more productive mining.” -Nokia

For more information, visit Strata Worldwide online at www.strataworldwide.com/mining or call +1 770 321 2500.
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