Visionstream has been instrumental in building the networks that connect mines in the Pilbara to operating centres around Australia. These networks have included the high capacity, ultra-high availability networks connected the mines in the Pilbara to port facilities on the coast to management centres in the cities; and both wired and wireless networks covering all communications requirements within the mine itself.
With the crashing value of ore, there is an urgent need to get as much cost out of production as possible without jeopardising safety. The most significant gains are likely to be made it removing people who are doing repetitive and mundane work and automating that – various miners have reported efficiency gains in excess of 10% through automating trucks. Given the right communications networks, trucks, drilling, trains, surveying and inspections may all be automated … this will require a robust high capacity mobile network covering every part of the mine and its operations.