Nokia has announced it is partnering with Claro Chile to equip the new Gold Fields Salares Norte mine with a high-performance private wireless network. The solution will support the automation of mining operations by using different applications, such as remote-controlled trucks, excavators, drills and drones.
Being deployed is a private LTE/4.9G solution, including AirScale radio, small cells, packet core, IP routers and the NetAct network management system. In total, the network will connect 150 sensors for operational processes and monitoring accident prevention, in addition to 72 connected vehicles and machines.
Nokia and Claro will also provide professional services such as network design, testing and deployment. With this infrastructure, the network will enable critical voice, data, Internet and video communications to improve employee safety, as well as operational efficiency and productivity.
Francisco Guzmán, Director, Claro Empresas, said: “Business optimization is key for companies. This is why we work hard to develop solutions to strengthen their technological development and to promote automated processes, making them safer and more efficient. In this case, by deploying ultra-reliable, high-performance, low-latency networks, we’ll be able to deliver the best tools and connectivity to support the development of mining 4.0, which is focused on digitizing its operations.”