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Ericsson and Ambra sign global contract to sell 5G-ready mining industry automation

  • Global contract enables Ambra to sell and deliver mission-critical private network solution to mining customers worldwide, in partnership with global service providers
  • Ambra and Ericsson have completed eight underground and open pit mining deployments in Canada providing over 90 km of network coverage
  • Ericsson Radio System enables Ambra to simplify network deployments with the ability to replace up to 60 Wi-Fi access points with a single Ericsson solution

5G Radio Private networks  

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Ambra Solutions have announced a global cooperation agreement to lead automation for the mining industry.  Ambra has selected Ericsson as a radio partner of choice to provide 5G-ready network solutions to automate ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking, and remote controlling of machinery like scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.

The 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio enables Ambra, a turn-key engineering services systems integrator, to simplify network deployments and replace up to 60 Wi-Fi access points with a single Ericsson solution.

Eric L’Heureux, CEO, Ambra Solutions, says: “We are excited to expand our partnership with Ericsson to a global footprint. The Ericsson products are optimal to deliver the most demanding applications used by the mining 4.0 industry. The reliability of Ericsson products enables more predictable, secure and lower-cost connectivity, and mining companies want to use a reliable product that is available worldwide.”

Mission-critical Private LTE deployed for Ambra’s mining customers opens a new suite of capabilities and possibilities to cost-effectively enable digitalization of mining-related tasks for open pit or underground mines. Prior to this modernization, specialized tasks and applications were difficult or simply impossible to achieve across the entire mining coverage area when using legacy ‘leaky cable’ or Wi-Fi connectivity.

Shannon Lucas, Head of Customer Unit Emerging Business for Ericsson North America, says: “The global mining industry has been vulnerable to challenges of energy consumption, equipment loss, and human safety.  We have designed an easy-to-use cellular connectivity solution to address these issues and deliver efficiency through digital transformation, while creating a path to 5G.  Ambra will sell this solution as part of its portfolio and will partner with Ericsson customers (global service providers) to deliver it, which opens up exciting new opportunities and revenue streams for the service provider.“

Ericsson and Ambra partnered last year to deliver the world’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining complex, LaRonde, in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada. Located 3.5 kilometers below the surface, the mission-critical private network provides data and voice services across the LaRonde mine site and enables several Internet of Things (IoT) use cases to improve safety and mining operations. Since then, several applications have been deployed using Ericsson solutions to deliver automation of ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking and remote controlling of machinery like scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.

The solution is software upgradable to provide massive IoT capabilities for sensor-based applications, supports 5G-ready radio capability, and is delivered globally by Ambra and in partnership with Ericsson’s mobile network operator customers.

 

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Ambra Solutions is the world leader in the deployment of private LTE networks. The engineering firm, founded in 2007, is revolutionizing telecommunications for mission-critical operations. Ambra Solutions pride itself on being an integrator of state-of-the-art technology and a manufacturer of customised products made to sustain harsh environments. Their team of highly specialised engineers and technicians is distinguished by a thirst for doing the impossible and a passion for offering personalized solutions, thereby transforming contracts into partnerships. Visit www.ambra.co to know more about our solutions and find out how Ambra Solutions can become a partner today. Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.