Ambra, Ericsson partner to sell 5G-ready mining industry automation
Private LTE network allows real-time tracking, remote control of machinery, kilometers below ground.0
Ericsson and Quebec-based engineering firm, Ambra Solutions, have announced a global cooperation agreement to lead automation for the mining industry. Ambra selected Ericsson as a radio partner of choice to provide 5G-ready network solutions to automate ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking, and remote controlling of machinery like scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.
The private LTE deployed for Ambra’s mining customers opens a new suite of capabilities and possibilities to cost-effectively enable digitalization of mining-related tasks for open pit or underground mines. Prior to this modernization, specialized tasks and applications were difficult or simply impossible to achieve across the entire mining coverage area when using legacy ‘leaky cable’ or Wi-Fi connectivity, the company says.
Ericsson and Ambra partnered last year to deliver the world’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining complex, LaRonde, in Abitibi, Quebec. Located 3.5 kilometers below the surface, the private network provides data and voice services across the LaRonde mine site and enables several Internet of Things (IoT) use cases to improve safety and mining operations.
Since then, several applications have been deployed using Ericsson solutions to deliver automation of ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking and remote controlling of machinery like scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.