Next Generation Mining: Incorporating Advanced Communications and the IIoT
The mining industry is increasingly leaning on technological innovation to improve safety, operational efficiencies and performance. With that comes the requirement for extensive and intelligent communications networks, all laying the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Mining’s wide, rugged terrain, underground networks and large distributed industrial operations makes it an ideal candidate for IIoT. The IIoT is made up of a multitude of devices connected by a number of different communication technologies. The resulting system can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and instantly make intelligent decisions – all without human intervention.
Similarly, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions – again without the manual assistance of humans.
Mines are becoming more instrumented and automated, and therefore, more operationally efficient, said Rick Tyrell, Network Architect for Black & Veatch's telecommunications business. Remote monitoring and control, paired with information communication technology (ICT) and analytics, yields large volumes of data.
“The next generation mine is dependent upon a scalable communications network architecture that supports sensors, machine-to-machine protocol and access to real-time voice, video and data.”
Rick Tyrell, Network Architect for Black & Veatch's telecommunications business