Canada’s deepest LTE network brings IoT to gold mine

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ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, QC – Ericsson and Ambra Solutions have delivered Canada’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining site known as LaRonde in Abitibi, Quebec.

Located three kilometers below the surface, the LTE network will provide data and voice mobility services across the site and enable several Internet of Things (IoT) use cases to improve safety and mining operations, reads the news release.

Unlike other options, LTE networks enable many smart mining related tasks for open pits or underground mines, such as allowing IoT sensors and devices to monitor, operate and collect data throughout the mining site. These could include the remote control operation of mining machinery, dispatch systems, emergency notification systems, access control systems, automated collection of data, ventilation fan monitoring and gas detection systems.

The solution is based on the latest Ericsson Radio System portfolio of basebands and radio units, software upgradable to provide Massive IoT capabilities for sensor-based applications and support 5G New Radio (NR) capability.

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