HERE Technologies, a leading location data and technology platform, and Ericsson, one of the first and leading providers of 5G communication technology and services, have teamed up to provide the global mining industry with custom mapping capabilities. HERE is now a member of Ericsson’s industry 4.0 partner ecosystem.
The mining industry is in a rapid modernization phase, with smart mining operations projected to increase threefold until 2025. A key driver of this transformation is the access to private cellular networks, enabling safer, more productive, and more sustainable mining operations, through reliable and low latency connectivity.
Ericsson’s high-performance 5G private networks are purpose-built for mining operations. A business can deploy an onsite cellular network for its exclusive use. For mining this includes facilities in very remote areas and underground tunnels, both of which are not typically within public cellular range.
The combination of Ericsson connectivity and HERE location services deliver true smart mining capabilities, from mapping private terrain, to pinpointing and navigating assets in real-time. By using location data to build continuously updated private maps on the HERE location platform, mining companies can create a canvas to improve operational efficiency and safety. The living map can then be used to search or track, and deploy routing powered by HERE, as well as custom applications and services.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)