Mission-Critical Mobile Broadband Communications in Open Pit Mines
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The need for continuous safety improvements and increased operational efficiency is driving the mining industry through a transition towards automated operations. From a communications perspective, this transition introduces a new set of high-bandwidth business- and mission-critical applications that need to be met by the wireless network. This article introduces fundamental concepts behind open-pit mining and discusses why this ever changing environment coupled with strict industrial reliability requirements pose unique challenges to traditional broadband network planning and optimization techniques. On the other hand, unlike unpredictable disaster scenarios, mining is a carefully planned activity. Taking advantage of this predictability element, we propose a framework that integrates mine and network planning so that continuous and automated adaptation of the network becomes possible. By means of an illustrative example the potential benefits of this framework are evaluated.
Uzeda Garcia, L. G., Portela Lopes de Almeida, E., Barbosa, V. S. B., Caldwell, G., Rodriguez, I., Lima, H., Sørensen, T. B., & Mogensen, P. E. (2016). Mission-Critical Mobile Broadband Communications in Open Pit Mines. I E E E Communications Magazine, 54(4), 62-69. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.2016.7452267