Alliance has partnered with industry-leading vendors to bring complete wireless networking solutions for mining. We will help you design a wireless network and supply you with everything you need from the wireless routers and bridges to the cable, antennas and towers.
Broadband wireless networks can be built quickly and inexpensively to provide a robust, reliable network in locations that are not easily connected using land lines. Broadband wireless is especially useful as a network for video surveillance, which is essential for worker safety when mines are located in troublesome areas. Broadband wireless networks are also excellent for:
- Remote camp connectivity
- Real-time telemetry data monitoring
- Video surveillance
- Network backhaul
Some of the challenges that our mining industry customers have solved using broadband wireless networks include:
Fleet management – continuously optimize mine operations through real-time work order assignment and vehicle guidance/positioning to maximize productivity and capital utilization. Fleet management systems require reliable, high performance, and flexible mobile networks to keep the mine running.
Live monitoring of mobile equipment telemetry – increases uptime, improves operational efficiencies and lowers costs, and safety of mission critical heavy duty mining equipment. This data is used for early equipment problem identification/problem avoidance, remote diagnostics, and scheduling of optimal time for routine and preventative maintenance. Common types of data collected include truck speed, tire pressure and temperature, and load.
Real-time video feeds for operations – increases situational awareness and safety, with 24/7 visibility into mining pit activities. Should a problem be detected, operations can quickly respond while time-stamped recordings support remote correlation of alarms with actual events.
Video surveillance – enables remote monitoring of key facilities such as explosive storage locations and mixing sites; it is also used for enabling perimeter security, monitoring for possible illicit activity and site entry, as well as emergency situations such as fire or storm damage.
Access control – ensures that all site entry locations are monitored and access is granted to only authorized personnel for security and safety. Access control methodology varies and includes keypads; fobs; key cards; and biometrics.
Safety system monitoring – enhances site and personnel safety. Examples of real-time monitoring applications include “man down” systems and streaming radar scans of pit walls to detect movement that could indicate a stability problem.
Mobile field communications – enables communications and access to data between workers in the mine fields, staff located in operations control and processing plants, improving operational efficiencies and productivity.
Field access to drill and blast data – enables workers to quickly determine the proper amount of placement of explosives.
Mining Management Software (MMS) – remote analysis applications used in making operational decisions that improve mining productivity and profitability.
Autonomous and semi-autonomous mining applications – enable remote operations of mining equipment without human operators, keeping people out of dangerous situations as well as increasing productivity.