How the IIoT can be a gold mine of efficiency

In this installment of What Works, enhanced connectivity means better safety, productivity for a Canadian mine.

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At a remote site in northern Québec, Goldcorp’s Éléonore gold mine operates as more or less its own small city. More than 1,000 employees are involved in mining 3,500 tons of rock a day. It’s a cold, difficult environment, and as with all mining operations, worker safety is an ever-present concern. Key to addressing that issue is real-time relay of data, so that those both inside and outside the mine can know exactly what the mine’s environmental conditions are at any moment as well as where mining personnel are. That kind of data relay depends on secure, reliable wireless coverage underground – an area where Goldcorp saw room for improvement several years…

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