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When it comes to surface mines, the standard approach to wireless networking doesn't apply.

Every surface mine is different, but they all need reliable access to data to drive business success. 

Today, the road to achieving deeper operational knowledge and ultimately higher profitability of a surface mine is utilization of technology that provides access to data through smart IoT. Often technology choices can be driven by other choices (like equipment) in the organization without looking at the bigger picture. Taking a narrow view of your wireless network and IoT requirements is one way to limit your operation's potential to drive business objectives and operational success. 

3D-P's technology integration process leads to success in surface mining operations. 

When working with surface mining companies, we know that starting with an understanding of the entire scope of the operation is a huge part of a successful long-term solution. That's why we like to start our projects with an initial consultation where we can talk to you about your business objectives, your topology, your fleet, the applications you're currently using on your network as well as take some time to discuss the future requirements of your network. 


The information gathered during this consultation drives both the choice of technology and the deployment design. Why do we put so much emphasis on the big picture of your business? Because we approach every project as a potential long-term partnership. And your success is what drives our business. 


Some of the unique data and RF challenges of the surface mining environment include:

  • RF contention created by real-time applications
  • Challenging and continuously changing topology
  • RF shadowing from moving terrain and large equipment
  • Extreme conditions (temperature, vibration, shock)

We've successfully deployed wireless networks in close to 100 open pit mines around the world.     

Creating a solution for you starts with understanding the unique data and RF requirements of both the current and future applications that are necessary for your business. Technology choices are based on what will serve your applications, environmental, business and fleet requirements. Our deep and vast experience both in wireless design, deployment, and mining integration mean we know how to deal with challenges that other wireless providers can't even begin to consider. Our vendor agnostic technology selection and network design isn't completed until we fully understand your specific situation. 

We work with a number of technology partners to bring you best-of-breed wireless network solutions. 

Our solutions are able to integrate with almost all mining applications giving you access to:

  • Fleet Management Systems
  • High-precision machine guidance
  • Autonomy and remote control
  • Asset health systems
  • Asset tracking and monitoring
  • Production Reporting
  • Collision avoidance and other safety systems
  • Tire monitoring
  • Dewatering
  • Dust monitoring
  • Fluid monitoring
  • Fuel management
  • Operator alert systems
  • Security and cameras
  • Slope monitoring
  • Supervisor access
  • Terminal operating system (TOS)
  • Vibration monitoring

Let's talk about how we can help you replace or upgrade your wireless network so that it will offer a broader business solution for your open pit mine.