Canadian Mining Journal


NETWORK: World’s first powered coaxial gigabit network from Maestro

SUDBURY, Ont. – The digital mine of the future requires a reliable gigabit network. Maestro’s Plexus PowerNet is the world’s first coaxial gigabit network that can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson, eliminating the need for costly outside fibre optic contractors and tools. The Cisco-compatible open network will allow the use of any WAP or IP based device in either greenfield or brownfield sites.

Maestro founders David Ballantyne (left) and Michael Gribbons with the first Plexus unit. Credit: Maestro Digital Mine.

Michael Gribbons, VP of sales and marketing for Maestro said, “The new technology will assist mines increase production by using autonomous equipment, remote drills, remote rock breakers, asset tracking, voice and video streaming. By using the Plexus PowerNet, 40 to 60% capex savings can be realized since both power and gigabit data are transmitted on a single inexpensive cable.”

The Plexus PowerNet is to be unveiled and showcased at the grand opening of Maestro’s new production facility on Magill Street in Lively, Ont., on May 18, 2017. The company will also highlight the world premiere of the Plexus PowerNet by updating the branding to Maestro Digital Mine with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Bigger.

Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN), theme director, Pat Dubreuil, remarked that, “Founders David Ballantyne and Michael Gribbons, engineers by trade, have demonstrated they possess the aptitude and foresight necessary for identifying industry specific requirements and finding effective solutions to meet client needs. Their insight has generated instant recognition and respect from industry, with the adoption of the Vigilante AQSTM air quality system. UDMN is proud to have helped in the facilitation and commercialization of this new and exciting product by Maestro.”

Maestro now supplies and services over 75 underground mines globally with communication, automation and ventilation solutions. All of its products are designed and built in Canada.

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