Ericsson, Ambra Team on Private LTE for Mines
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Comments

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

The companies plan to simplify network deployments and replace up to 60 Wi-Fi access points with a single Ericsson solution.

Mission-critical private Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployed for Ambra's mining customers cost effectively enables 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.

"The global mining industry has been vulnerable to challenges of energy consumption, equipment loss, and human safety,” said Shannon Lucas, head of customer unit emerging business for Ericsson North America. “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’s global service providers to deliver it, which opens new opportunities and revenue streams for the service provider, the companies said.

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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