Sandvik partnership with Nokia strengthens automation offering

Sandvik has secured an agreement with Nokia to further develop its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the mining industry.

The two companies will collaborate to deliver Industrial IoT over LTE (long term evolution) and 5G technology.

Sandvik will implement and test the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) platform, which offers pervasive connectivity enabling applications, at its test mine in Finland.

The original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) work in automation has grown to include robust data analytics and process optimisation offerings that make connectivity and local computing power crucial.

Nokia’s digital automation platform will operate both underground and in open pit mines, and offers a flexible connectivity platform for testing and developing Sandvik technology.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology vice president, automation, Riku Pulli said the cooperation with Nokia was another important part of a strategy to develop open, interoperable solutions for future mining needs.

“Enhanced connectivity is critical for smarter and safer underground operations, and we’re proud to work with Nokia to develop these enhanced connectivity options for our test mine and mining industry going forward,” Pulli said.

Private LTE networks bring reliable and secure high capacity, low latency and wide coverage mobile broadband to serve mission and business critical industrial connectivity needs and offer a variety of terminals, sensors and other devices, according to Sandvik.

The Nokia network enables operation of autonomous vehicles, real-time monitoring of underground and outdoor premises to keep people and equipment safe, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance, as well as asset management, control and authentication.

Nokia Digital Automation general manager Stephan Litjens said pairing Sandvik solutions with the 5G-ready NDAC architecture had proven to be an excellent match.

“We are truly motivated to continue collaborating to develop technology that meets the requirements of the often harsh conditions they operate in – be it moist, hot, cold, and/or dusty,” Litjens said.