Mining automation and the reduction of carbon emissions
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