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OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT


Communications technologies that support the entire site are on the rise


field maintenance and helpdesk support are additional features to consider, so that any company implementing it always has access to help. Smart management is also important to


consider. Being able to integrate cellular, microwave, Wi-Fi, optical fibre, VSAT and low-bandwidth connectivity seamlessly is essential, whilst dynamic load balancing will guarantee applications receive the exact amount of data required to improve efficiency. Tis intelligence also means the best price-performance ratio can be selected to ensure the greatest possible service is provided at all times. Although onsite connectivity has


even mines with technology would soon become extremely unsafe, with bosses unable to make accurate decisions as people and devices would be unable to communicate. For the network to be installed successfully, there are very specific considerations that must be met. It needs


to be able to handle the relatively harsh conditions of the mine environment, consistently handle different amounts of traffic and support enterprise applications. Te network must also be flexible to offer optimised services throughout the mine’s lifecycle and offer the maximum uptime and security. Installation services,


often relied on Wi-Fi supported by microwave, private LTE has become the forerunner. Offering coverage that goes deeper underground and has a further range than Wi-Fi, private LTE is now the preferred technology of choice, capable of supporting the whole site. It is perfect for supporting the different IoT applications integrated within a mine, from asset tracking technology on automatic loaders to camera surveillance systems and provides a roadmap to 5G, which will deliver lower latency and higher bandwidth. It also consists of military- grade security and has a better guaranteed performance for multiple users.


LTE DEPLOYMENT FOR REMOTE SITES S


peedcast recently announced a long-term agreement with Nokia to deploy its industrial-


grade private wireless solutions globally via the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud. Through this new collaboration, Speedcast is providing remote backhaul, data and voice connectivity to enterprise customers, covering areas up to a radius of 30km and supporting hundreds of users from a single cell. The network will also support critical, high-bandwidth applications with low latency requirements. Acting as a private wireless network that brings IoT to


enterprises, the Nokia private LTE/4.9G solution opens up new opportunities such as smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, remote operations, and machine-to-machine communication, in addition to critical-voice and data solutions. “Nokia Digital Automation Cloud is a plug-and-play platform optimised for low latency and ultra- reliability, which are critical factors for remote communications,” says Chris Hill, chief technology officer at Speedcast. “Bringing this technology to our customers’ remote sites will enable the use of bandwidth-intensive and low-


latency solutions such as CCTV video analytics, drone surveillance, and personnel push to video applications. This is a game- changer for customers who need to keep personnel safe and operations running efficiently in hard-to-reach locations such as the energy and mining sectors.”


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