Brisbane-based connectivity solutions provider, CBO Telecommunications, has designed and implemented a solar-powered Cisco wireless mesh network for gold miner, Barrick, at its Cowal site in New South Wales.
Toronto-based Barrick approached CBO with request for a solution to help run its mine site fleet automation system and integrate into existing corporate network.
Part of the reason the mesh network was selected was due to its self-healing capabilities which allow it to deliver performance in challenging environments, making it appropriate for Barrick’s regional NSW operations.
CBO, a Premier Certified Cisco Partner, designed the solution with Cisco Airnet 1524SB Outdoor Mesh Access Points, managed by Cisco Prime NCS.
The network has been deployed on CBO’s Solar Mobility trailers, which allows Barrick to take full advantage of the Cowal mine’s Caterpillar MineStar software because the wireless mesh network can be relocated “quickly to anywhere within the mine, regardless of pit depth or geographical distance, yet still provide continuous, reliable connectivity.”
“With both fixed points and CBO Solar Mobility trailers, the solution delivers a robust and scalable platform for the mine to grow its connectivity assets,” CBO managing director, Mark McGregor, said.
“Upgrading the Caterpillar dispatch system from a legacy 900Mhz to Cisco mesh technology lets… Barrick improve productivity through more efficient fleet management, loading, hauling, bulldozing and dispatch – all in real-time, without manual uploads or legacy two-way radios.”
McGregor also said CBO’s wireless network can shift as the topology of the mine does, allowing the solution to move in combination with operations.