System integrator, CSC, has developed an Industrial Wireless Solution (IWS), aimed at some of the world’s largest mining companies.
It is currently implemented at three mines sites and undergoing development for a deployment at another major mine site this year.
IWS features a multi-channel site-wide broadcast capability, supports multiple mobile or fixed applications across a single, managed and scalable, wireless network.
It also provides support for - and integration of - legacy applications from multiple vendors and separates the application from the communications medium.
“CSC developed IWS in Australia for global mining companies who needed future-proof, application agnostic, site-wide communications in a single, integrated wireless network,” CSC vice-president of chemical, energy and natural resources, Mike Horton, said. “The solution needed to support all applications, including environmental monitoring, process control and video data from fixed and mobile plants and support mobile heavy fleet applications.”
IWS also offers real time information from mobile plant applications so supervisors can make immediate, informed decisions on current pit activities and communicate directly to the field operators. The solution uses a mix of wireless broadband and mobile meshing, enabling the carriage of relatively large volumes of data to and from the heavy vehicle fleet and large fixed assets, such as draglines. It also reduces the overall support effort and capital expenditure because customers no longer have to use multiple networks to support multiple applications.
“Existing technologies are outdated and can generally only support the legacy applications they were originally installed for. The current issue for many mine sites is the number of applications required, the number of networks needed to access this information and the support of infrastructure products,” he said.
The NYSE-listed company (NYSE:CSC) is also developing a global service model for IWS and anticipates it will be live this year.