Canadian Mining Journal


AUTOMATION: Sandvik, Nokia collaborate to boost IoT on LTE and G5 networks

Sandvik and Nokia are collaborating to bring reliable automation to the digital mine.

FINLAND – Continuing its focus on internet of things  (IoT) solutions for the mining industry, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has signed an agreement with Nokia to further develop Sandvik solutions for private LTE and 5G technology. The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) platform offers pervasive connectivity enabling advanced applications, and will initially be implemented and tested in the Sandvik test mine in Tampere.

Sandvik’s decades-long work in automation has grown to include robust data analytics and process optimization offerings, where connectivity and local computing power are crucial. Applications requiring high capacity and low latency are becoming increasingly important.

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

“Sandvik is a leader in mine automation and digitalization, and Nokia offers leading technology in wireless connectivity. Together, we create innovative solutions for mining customers,” said Riku Pulli, VP automation, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

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