The mining industry has long been regarded as one of the most dangerous, challenging, and logistically complex markets in the world. Operations largely take place in vast, remote, and geographically dispersed locations – both underground and above – making it difficult to manage business processes. Adding to the intricacies of this industry – mining companies must also comply with rigid safety standards to provide protection from injury or harm to their workers. Expensive machinery must constantly be monitored for preventive maintenance in order to avoid costly repairs, and the process of moving mined materials must be closely supervised to ensure efficient transportation and reduced risk of theft.
Fortunately, the emergence of the Internet of Things and associated technologies such as data analytics and predictive modeling have paved the way for mining operators to begin making better informed operational decisions, efficiently manage employee safety, and minimize associated liabilities. IoT applications have been introduced to ease the broad majority of struggles associated with legacy mining operations. Through the use of connected sensors, mining firms can continuously monitor equipment and machinery, ensuring that everything is functioning as it should. Connected GPS tracking applications guarantee that cargo is transported using the most efficient routes possible, and also ensure that employees are in the right locations at the right times and have a reliable method of communication with other employees as well as headquarters.
Now that it’s been established that the IoT is critical to a successful mining operation – the discussion now turns to questions such as:
- What is the best connectivity source for an IoT deployment in this space?
- What type of partner can deliver this type of connectivity solution?
Starting from the beginning, it’s important to consider that there are two primary technologies that can be used to facilitate connectivity and machine-to-machine communication: satellite, and cellular. While cellular connectivity may be preferred in areas where coverage is available, many mining operators utilize satellite services due to their true, global coverage. Because many companies may depend on one or more connectivity providers (whether it be multiple satellite providers, both satellite and cellular providers, or multiple cellular providers), its crucial for supply chain efficiency to select a partner that can deliver not just one, but a broad range of connectivity options.
KORE, a global leader in IoT, has formed partnerships with over sixteen Tier 1 cellular operators, as well as two of the leading satellite providers to offer customers flexibility of choice, scalability, and global connectivity solutions. With over a decade of experience enabling IoT deployments – KORE has the requisite set of competencies, expertise, and global reach to provide services to this unique market.
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