Data Communication in Underground Hard Rock Mining


UG HR Data

In underground hard rock mining, data communication infrastructure has often been implemented in an adhoc way as data requirements grew, resulting in disparate and legacy data networks that are difficult to manage and maintain. Over the last decade or two MST identified the general industry trends in IP based networks and developed solutions for underground mines to realize the benefits of this convergence of technologies.

The result is our Wi-Fi based IMPACT Network and associated smart software solutions provide a reliable, mobile and high bandwidth data communications structure that withstands the hostile underground environment.


MST’s WLAN data network solutions are based on rugged fibre optic, wired and wireless IP networks. We offer unique power and fibre distribution concepts, and system architectures to meet the specific requirements of underground hard rock mining to reduce the total cost of ownership of underground IT infrastructure.

MST’s IMPACT mine communication system is a high bandwidth, network to support the large data requirements of modern nines, in a single IEEE 802.11 compliant backbone.  This open connectivity allows data hungry applications such as video, RFID Tracking, remote control, mine automation systems and underground Fleet Management Systems (FMS) to be supported by a single network.

Our design focus on the ability of our infrastructure to be quickly and simply deployed and maintained by non-expert personnel is what our customers most appreciate. Our systems are particularly well recognised for their ability to automatically self-configure new installations or replacement equipment.

This is best represented by a core component of the network, our NS50 Wireless Network Switch (pictured above).  The NS50 brings together two Wi-Fi Access Point radios, four 1 Gb fibre optic switches, and four PoE ports into a single, small housing that operates from 10-48 volts DC.  Traditionally this type of flexibility and switching power would have required several devices installed in a large cabinet, with 110 volt or 240 volt AC power supplied to every cabinet.  This, obviously, is totally impractical for use in the underground mine environment as the total cost of ownership would quickly add up.  Our ImPact network and devices eliminate or greatly reduce these issues and provide a very cost effective way to take your WLAN IP network underground.

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