Communications solution for remote mines
Speedcast, Nokia team up to offer industrial-grade telecom Metal Tech News – September 30, 2020
Last updated 9/30/2020 at 4:25am
Speedcast International Ltd., a global leader in communications and IT services, Sept. 29 announced a long-term agreement with Nokia to deploy its industrial-grade private wireless solutions globally via the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud.
This collaboration offers industrial-grade communication solutions to remote mining operations requiring high-bandwidth and low latency for critical applications.
Nokia's 5G-ready Digital Automation Platform provides high-bandwidth private wireless networks – both outdoors and deep indoors – to increase efficiency and productivity for industry verticals, including manufacturing, supply chain, mining, utilities, oil and gas, as well as large enterprise compounds outside of standard cellular connectivity.
"Nokia Digital Automation Cloud is a plug-and-play platform optimized for low latency and ultra-reliability, which are critical factors for remote communications," said Speedcast International Chief Technology officer Chris Hill.
Earlier this year, Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud – an industrial-grade digital automation service platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high performance private wireless network platform – was selected to enhance communications and connectivity at Tampere, where Sandvik tests its latest mining innovations.
"Nokia Digital Automation Cloud meets stringent requirements across multiple industries to deliver network coverage, capacity, mobility, reliability, quality of service and security, while connecting a wide variety of devices," said Stephan Litjens, general manager of digital automation at Nokia. "By integrating with Speedcast we can significantly improve local connectivity in remote locations."
Using this industrial-grade digital platform, Speedcast now offers mining and other industrial users a secure and highly reliable link between core and remote networks, as well as data and voice connectivity to hundreds of users over a 30-kilometer- (19 miles) radius from a single tower.
Acting as a private wireless network that brings internet of things to enterprises, the Nokia private LTE/ 4.9G solution offers new smart mining opportunities such as artificial intelligence and robotics, automated equipment, predictive maintenance and a wide range of other internet of things technologies.
"Bringing this technology to our customers' remote sites will enable the use of bandwidth-intensive and low-latency solutions such as CCTV (closed caption television) video analytics, drone surveillance, and personnel push to video applications," said Hill. "This is a game-changer for customers who need to keep personnel safe and operations running efficiently in hard-to-reach locations such as the energy and mining sectors."