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4.2.4 Cisco streamlines old mining operation

A full IoE implementation is an end-to-end solution with multiple M2M, M2P and P2P connections. Companies must determine implementation priorities based on those connections that provide the best opportunity to contribute to the success of the business.

Consider how a mining company might use IoE solutions to optimise operations and reduce costs by asking:

  • What benefits can an IoE solution bring to a mining organisation?
  • How can the organisation be impacted by the real-time data?
  • How is cost-saving achieved by the IoE implementation?
  • What types of profits could be foreseen by the owners, shareholders, and employees?
  • While there are many connections that can be made in the IoE solution, which ones will provide the best return on investment (ROI) and, therefore, should take prioritisation?

Watch the video to see how mining companies use IoE to provide connectivity and collaboration across the organisation and the systems they use. A focus of the video is one IoE solution that was implemented to minimise downtime of trucks used in operations, which can save money.

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Today's mining operations comprise a series of disparate, siloed environments, from extraction and automation systems to port and rail and track automation. Each environment presents its own challenges and mainly operates independently, using proprietary data sources and networks. You need a holistic view of your entire mining operations that leads to better visibility and traceability while letting you take advantage of rich IP-enabled technologies in each environment.
Working with industry leading partners, Cisco can help fully connect and integrate all of your operational environments, removing the barriers to efficiency created by siloed networks. But it doesn't stop there. Cisco takes an integrated approach, converging your existing enterprise systems with this new consolidated operational technology, or OT network. The result is a fully connected and converged pit-to-port network that enables lean, efficient, collaborative, safe, and highly secure operations while helping you keep your costs down and your profits up.
With Cisco's solutions for mining, you can improve performance and efficiency at all stages of operations to reduce downtime; better manage and schedule your fleet and assets, wherever or whatever they may be; increase security to control access to restricted areas and your assets; and most importantly, better ensure the safety of both your employees and the environment. And you can do all of this while connecting your teams and assets collaboratively around the world. Here are just a few examples.
In mining operations, downtime is the enemy, and an idle truck can cost hundreds of thousands per day. Cisco's solutions for mining help automate operations for maximum efficiency by leveraging the Internet of Things, where every device interacts with each other and turns information into action. That means critical elements on a truck, from engine components to tyre pressure, can be monitored both on-board and remotely, enabling predictive maintenance.
Cab sensors monitor drivers for alertness and, should a driver become tired, automatically notify both the driver and a remote operations centre. Monitors can also remotely alert vehicles approaching a pit too quickly, helping to ensure the safety of the driver and others working in the pit.
Real-time remote monitoring and scheduling of all machines and vehicles is possible at every operation phase, from excavation to raw material movement to delivery. Cisco's solutions for mining also helped to create a zero-harm environment for personnel and surrounding areas. This includes using RFID tags to track miners and machinery underground at all times. If there's an incident, each worker can be located in minutes. Similarly, gas monitor systems help enable remote real-time gas detection, so personnel and responders can be alerted to up-to-the-minute conditions.
Even with mining operations located in remote areas, malicious attacks can still occur at any time. Cisco's solutions for mining add both physical and cyber security to your infrastructure, helping to protect your operations and assets from both internal and external threats. And Cisco's solutions for mining let the mining operators remotely collaborate on ideas and solutions with your office personnel, outside maintenance crews, and third-party engineering companies from around the world without ever leaving the site.
To find out more about Cisco's solutions for mining, visit us on the web.
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