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  • Abeeway Smart Badge displayed over an illustrated picture of workers.

    Peru copper mine upgrades worker safety

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 15, 2024

    In the world of technological interconnectivity, Mina Justa, a Peruvian mining operation that produces nearly 150,000 metric tons of copper concentrates and cathode material per year, will employ modern solutions toward worker safety and security with the implementation of strategic internet of things technologies at this critical material mine. A US$1.6 billion greenfield copper project near Marcona, Peru, Mina Justa lies roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Lima...

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    EarthLabs to buy The Northern Miner Group

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Taking a major step toward its goal of building a mining media powerhouse, EarthLabs Inc. has cut a deal to acquire The Northern Miner Group, which publishes the Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal, and MINING.COM. "This acquisition aligns perfectly with our strategic focus on innovation in the disruptive media landscape," said EarthLabs Chief Business Officer Cejay Kim. "EarthLabs will now own one of the largest social media platforms and news media publications focused o...

  • Two Cat 793 trucks haul equipped with BreadCrumbs haul ore at Fort Knox Mine.

    Rajant offers connectivity for every mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2023

    Kinetic Mesh tech delivers reliable, fast, and scalable network solutions to modern digital mines of all sizes. From giant equipment autonomously digging ore at global-scale copper mines to industrial internet of things sensors monitoring the health of man and machine at a local gravel quarry, mines are increasingly relying on digital technologies to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety. This digitization of the modern mine makes a rugged and reliable communications... Full story

  • Ericsson Private 5G Industry 4.0 digital transformation telecommunications

    Smart mines have a private 5G connection

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G, a next-generation private cellular 4G and 5G network tailored to drive the Industry 4.0 digital transformation. The latest network features secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G standalone connectivity primarily targeting manufacturing, mining and process industry, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports. "With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of... Full story

  • A mineshaft being outlined with a digital rendering.

    Ericsson and Becker partner on mining 5G

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 1, 2022

    Seeking to unearth the future of smart mining, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has partnered with Becker Mining Systems AG to distribute private 5G networks at global operations. According to a recent report by Ericsson, the successful implementation of digitalization into the mining sector could potentially triple productivity growth in the industry by 2025 – shining a light on the value of creating data-driven mines. With the apparent necessity mining will play in the o...

  • Two enormous autonomous Cat trucks haul ore at a mine.

    Robust autonomous mine network alliance

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    FTP Solutions and Rajant team up to deliver reliable autonomous mine network solution Rajant Corp., a global leader in industrial-grade broadband communications technology, has teamed up with FTP Solutions, a provider of market-leading wireless network monitoring systems, to deliver the extremely reliable and robust communications networks required for efficient and effective autonomous mining operations. Rajant's patented Kinetic Mesh technology offers mine sites with the...

  • Komatsu's cabless haul truck, the FrontRunner AHS on display.

    Rajant wireless tech for Komatsu haul trucks

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Rajant Corp's Kinetic Mesh networks have recently been certified to provide the reliable connection needed for both Komatsu's FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage Solution and Epiroc's semi-autonomous and autonomous drills being deployed at mines around the world. Ordinarily, wireless networks require fixed infrastructure that covers a set range. Many iterations of technologies have attempted to overcome the lacking "mobility" of wireless network connectivity for industrial...

  • Nokia SA 5G industrial-grade wireless network mining underground remote map

    Nokia private network for Chile copper mine

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Telecommunications giant Nokia has deployed an industrial-grade private wireless network with Antofagasta Minerals for Minera Centinela to support secure and reliable operations at its copper mine in Chile. "We are transforming the way mining is done," said Technology Manager for Antofagasta Minerals Gino Ivani. "We want to deliver excellence in everything we do, leveraging operational efficiencies to achieve the best results. We are committed to sustainable mining to...

  • University of Sydney Wifi wireless technology underground mining long range

    Australia reinvents wireless fidelity systems

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Researchers at the University of Sydney have been working toward a new method of telecommunications with a safe and cost-effective technology that could be a wireless internet game-changer for connecting mines, with an industrial long-range Wi-Fi system that transmits signals to hard-to-reach places while maintaining high data rates. Supported by an AUD$800,000 grant from the NSW Physical Sciences Fund, this Wi-Fi system that can send signals several kilometers underground is...

  • Sandvik Nokia 5G underground mining VTT NGMining project research pilot

    Finnish 5G research collaboration kicks off

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Following last year's announcement of Nokia's 5G standalone private wireless networks, Nokia and early collaborator Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology have announced a partnership with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to start a research project focusing on 5G-powered underground mining technology. Aptly called Next Generation Mining (NGMining), the partners say the new project will bring together industrial 5G private networks, edge computing, and artificial...

  • Epiroc Ericsson AT&T Ambra Solutions telecommunications digitalization mining

    Connecting mines to the digital world

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In a recent webinar hosted by Ericsson, industry leaders from AT&T, Epiroc, and Ambra Solutions met to discuss the global impact and direction of connectivity for the mining industry. This fireside chat, titled Mining in a Connected World Digital Event – 5G Things Dialogues, included an introduction of Ericsson's Smart Mining Value Calculator intended to share the brunt of determining risk toward the fast-growing technology sector and a hesitant mining sector in adopting n... Full story

  • Shaw Business Nokia 5G ready LTE Network Teck Resources smart mine

    5G-ready network installed at Teck mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Shaw, a leading Canadian telecommunications company, and Nokia have deployed Western Canada's first-ever industrial-grade private LTE network at Teck Resources Ltd.'s Elkview steelmaking coal mine in southeastern British Columbia. "This first-of-its-kind private LTE mining network solution built by Shaw is a giant step forward for global 5G innovation," said Nokia Canada President Jeffrey Maddox. Shaw Business, which provides enterprise-level connectivity solutions, says the...

  • Sandvik autonomous robot underground mining equipment automine

    Nokia presents 5G with Sandvik Mining

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    With the announcement of Nokia's 5G standalone private wireless networks, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology have opted to employ Nokia's 5G SA private network at its Tampere test mine in Finland. Utilizing Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud – an industrial-grade digital automation service platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high performance private wireless network platform – this standalone 5G will be used to enhance communications and connectivity at this testing g...

  • Internet of things iot mining connectivity digital connected devises Inmarsat

    Challenges of connecting mining to IoT

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    With hopes of improving efficiency, safety and profits, the vast majority of mining companies around the globe are incorporating internet of things technologies into their operations, according to a study completed earlier this year by Inmarsat, a global leader in mobile satellite communications. The Rise of IoT in Mining, a report detailing the results of a survey conducted for Inmarsat, found the success of this digitization of the mining sector is being hampered by a...

  • 5G internet network cell tower industrial mining internet of things IoT

    5G to enable next gen of industrial IoT

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Internet of Things (IoT) devices, machine learning and automated equipment being implemented to facilitate smooth operations in mining and other industrial sectors will see new ease of use with the latest network advancements in wireless connectivity. The next generation has begun to roll out with 5G and with it a more integrated system of development. To preface, a common misconception with the name of telecommunication technology starts simply with the letter G, as they are...

  • Hecla Mining Greens Creek silver mine Alaska underground wireless network

    Smart mining begins with communications

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    High-speed networking and interconnected devices, which form a unified whole, are opening a new realm of possibilities for consumer and company alike. As the world continues to become more digitally interconnected, the value of companies and their success can almost be directly linked to how quickly they adapt and utilize newer technologies. We can see remnants of bygone eras still lingering in many industries, including mining, in an era where the speed of development of new...