To explore the role of automation in the mining industry and uncover the business and sustainability value using 4G and 5G technology.
Ericsson provided a 4G/5G network to automate and remotely control mining equipment at the Boliden Aitik mine.
Mining automation has significantly lowered costs for Boliden, saving approximately 1 percent of the Aitik mine’s total annual costs. There was also an estimated 10 percent saving in fuel consumption, which corresponds to a reduction of 9,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions at Aitik.
“You can imagine – video surveillance, man down detection, localization of machines, vehicles, things and people. For sure, there will be a lot of use cases we haven’t thought about. Once you have 5G in place, innovation will happen.”
- Peter de Bruin, Master Researcher, Ericsson Research