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  • Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology to deploy Nokia 5G SA private network at its Tampere-based test mine
     
  • Deployment enables new voice and video communications capability, mining automation with integrated 4K video
     
  • Provides super-fast connectivity to showcase future of digitalized mining operations

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Nokia announced that Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deploy a Nokia 5G SA industrial-grade private wireless network at its test mine in Tampere, Finland.

Based on Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), the 5G standalone (SA) network will be used to enhance communications and connectivity at the facility, a real-life mining environment where Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology tests, develops and prototypes mining solutions for its customers worldwide.

The network will enable fast, reliable and secure voice and video communications in a mining setting, which presents highly challenging deployment conditions. Its 5G capability will also be used for automated mining processes, enabling remote machine operations over 4K video links between deep underground and the surface control center.

Digital automation cloud

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology President Patrick Murphy said by deploying a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network with Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, the company can trial and showcase an entirely new range of game-changing products and capabilities here in our Tampere test mine.

“As we work with our customers to help them leverage technology to digitalize their operations, the introduction of 5G opens the door to new opportunities in robotics, remote and autonomous operations, full-fleet automation, analytics and enhanced safety. As such, it comprises a breakthrough in the digital transformation of mining,” said Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology President Patrick Murphy.

Nokia Digital Automation Cloud General Manager Stephan Litjens said it is an honor to work with a world-class company such as Sandvik on leading-edge digital automation solutions for the mining industry.

Edge computing

“With 5G SA, its high speed, low latency performance and edge computing, the next steps on this journey can be taken. Through our plug-and-play Nokia DAC platform we’re supporting Sandvik to realize not only its own digital transformation goals, but also those of the wider industry as it continues to deliver value to mining customers worldwide,” said Nokia Digital Automation Cloud General Manager Stephan Litjens.

Scalable according to needs, Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) an industrial-grade digital automation service platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high-performance private wireless network.

A compact, plug-and-play system, it comprises network equipment and a cloud-based operation monitoring system. With Nokia DAC, users can securely collect, process and host all generated proprietary data on site.

Sandvik equipment

Established in 1972, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology test mine provides the opportunity to test and demonstrate Sandvik equipment and solutions in a realistic environment that comprises several kilometers of underground tunnels.

It offers in-house training, provides a forum for knowledge and technology development, supports customers with product testing and performs failure analysis.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a Business Area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, services and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries.

Autonomous operation

Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2019, sales were approximately 45 billion SEK with about 14,000 employees in continuing operations.

Sandvik is a world leader in Automation. AutoMine covers all aspects of automation, from remote and autonomous operation of a single piece of equipment, to multi-machine control and full-fleet automation using automatic mission and traffic control capabilities.

OptiMine is the most comprehensive solution for optimizing underground hard rock mining production and processes. It integrates all assets and people – including Sandvik and non-Sandvik equipment – delivering descriptive and predictive insights to improve operations.

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