Unified Communications for Modern Mining 

Connectivity is the key enabler for process improvement.  While general industry has leveraged the convergence onto IP networks over the past two decades, there has been a lag in mining, particularly in underground mines, in being able to take advantage of these modern communication platforms

Since our first mine communication installations in 1990, MST Global has focussed our development efforts to improving these systems and bring more advanced, high bandwidth platforms into the mining & tunnelling space.  We led the way in the implementation of Wi-Fi underground.  After initial Wifi deployments  in 2005 we have not stopped enhancing the systems and key components as improved technologies became available.

The result is MST has the broadest suite of underground communication and networking systems available.

Whether it is automated trucks in large open pit mine, self driving loaders (scoops) running on the production level in a hard rock mine or longwall automation, the one common factor is the need for high quality and reliable connectivity.   This mine data network needs to not only support the sophisticated, time critical commands of the control protocols, but also support the peripheral monitoring systems that enables the automation  system to operate productively and safely.

These supporting systems range from video cameras, gas monitors, safety barriers, emergency stop controls,  and other data that must be transmitted and received in real time without interrupting the core control data of the vehicles that the vehicle OEMs require.

The need for reliable data links is only growing, as the availability of sensors and other devices grow exponentially in the IoT space.  Along with sophisticated big data analysis the opportunities gain productive use from these technologies can only be accessed if there is good connectivity between the IoT devices &, mining equipment, and the management and processing packages in the surface office or on the other side of the world.  That communication requirement between the mining face and the interface into the world wide web is where MST Global have addressed and stand out from standard communication suppliers.

 

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Data automation has the ability to automate and capture of operational data for processing, analysis, and real time reporting to create positive, immediate and a cost effective impact in mine production outcomes.

Leverage  infrastructure and technology investments installed for such requirements as tracking miners underground and using VoIP phones,  can turn your operational data into real-time business intelligence at very little extra cost.  This is the start of driving rapid and continuous improvement across operations.

MST provides solutions across all industries, covering a range of services and applications from voice and data communications, to people and equipment tracking, through to supporting third party management & ERP systems.

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