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Access to Reliable IoT Connectivity Would Transform Mining Sector

Mining News - Published on Fri, 03 Jul 2020

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Organisations across the mining industry are struggling to take full advantage of Internet of Things enabled applications due to a lack of reliable connectivity, with only 15% of mining organisations consistently having access to reliable connectivity for their IoT-enabled projects. These latest results have emerged from the 2020 edition of Inmarsat’s research programme into IoT trends, The Rise of IoT in Mining. The report found that 45% of respondents struggled to access connectivity across mine sites so that it hinders their ability to gather data. A further 40% indicated they could access connectivity but that it was often unreliable causing them to struggle to collect data. Just 15% reported they could access reliable connectivity wherever their data producers were. Although the mining sector has increased its adoption of IoT in recent years with 65% of respondents fully deploying a project, 33% have still only trialled or are currently trialling a project and 2% have not trialled or deployed at all, proving that connectivity is impeding miners’ abilities to harness the benefits of IoT.

Of the 130 respondents that have fully deployed IoT-enabled projects across their mine sites, 78% reported they were able to access connectivity, with 24% of the 130 being able to access reliable connectivity. By contrast, out of the 70 respondents yet to fully deploy an IoT-based solution, only 11% were able to access connectivity, and this 11% was only able to access unreliable connectivity.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Jul 2020
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