Nokia, CENGN and NORCAT to power global mining innovation
Mita Srinivasan
10X Technology

Nokia, CENGN and NORCAT to power global mining innovation

The platform will also enable future applications, such as underground asset tracking, autonomous vehicles, and drone surveillance

Nokia has joined forces with CENGN and NORCAT to install and operate a private LTE/4.9G wireless connectivity network in NORCAT’s Underground Centre. NORCAT and CENGN will serve as a hub for the future of mining technology, while Nokia furthers its commitment towards advancing worldwide mining innovation.

The three parties have collaborated to deploy network connectivity at the NORCAT Underground Centre. NORCAT enables start-ups, small/medium enterprises and international companies to develop, test and demonstrate innovative and emerging technologies in their operating mine. It is a destination for miners from around the world to see, train on and understand emerging technologies that are poised to transform the global mining industry.

The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud will provide a high bandwidth, low-latency private LTE wireless network to support mission-critical communication services, asset tracking and remote-controlled autonomous vehicles. As opposed to legacy wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, industrial-strength LTE/4.9G wireless provides true mobile coverage and supports a larger amount of active connections per access point with far greater reliability and security. With this network, NORCAT’s tech clients, utilizing the NORCAT Underground Centre, will have the ability to develop, test and demonstrate emerging technologies, such as private radio services and autonomous vehicles, to create safer, more productive and efficient mines.

Nokia has deployed over 1,300 mission-critical networks with leading customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale and public sector segments around the globe.