Company: Glencore Kidd Operations
Mineral: Zinc & Copper
Mine Depth: 2.9km
Scope: 11 km coverage, 28 networked levels
Application: Low cost extension of existing industrial network.
Kidd Operations sought out a low-cost and easy to install solution to extend their Cisco Wireless infrastructure to over 40 underground locations. Given the scope and size of the mine, many options were cost-prohibitive due to having to extend power to these remote areas and the constant changing level requirements to meet schedules. The winning solution required the ability to push Wi-Fi coverage using plug and play technology to the working face via Cisco wireless access points thus enabling voice, data, and video capabilities for frontline workers.
The mine chose the NLT N-Connex Edge (mine hardened switches), Ethernet Extenders, and pre-terminated CAT6 cable to provide network connectivity. The N-Connex system seamlessly integrates with the Cisco backbone and provided a cost-effective and rapidly installed way to expand the network to the working face.
The N-Connex Edge extends the backbone access at each level to the working face via NLT Ethernet extenders, which can provide Power-over-Ethernet connectivity to an additional 100 metres. Three can be used in series to provide access up to 400 metres away from the Edge switch.
The NLT pre-terminated CAT6 cable and the N-Connex are easily deployed by non-technical staff, and the system maintains an IP67 rating. Working with Kidd operations, NLT was able to improve upon the plug and play capability of the N-Connex system and its ability to connect to third party hardware.
Why Glencore Chose NLT
- Lower cost per kilometre of system extension.
- Plug and play hardware.
- Rapid deployment of mine-hardened electronics
- Specifications that meet system requirements.
- Interoperability with third party IT and tracking systems.
- Ability for Glencore staff to self-support system with ease.
- Superior customer service.