Australian Mining Firm Deploys Backup TETRA Network from Motorola Solutions
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | Comments

Motorola Solutions announced it is helping Rio Tinto design and roll out a backup communications solution for Rio Tinto Aluminium’s integrated operations center (IOC), in Brisbane, Queensland.

The system enables continued critical communications between mines during an emergency and was developed and deployed in five days. The existing IOC provides 24/7 monitoring of all safety, production and quality aspects at remote bauxite mine sites in Weipa, Queensland, and Gove, Northern Territory, and is essential to coordinating Rio Tinto’s bauxite supply to Australian alumina plants and export markets.

If the IOC becomes inaccessible for any reason, Rio Tinto can continue tracking mine production movements via its mission-critical TETRA digital two-way radio communications system, which feeds directly into the mining organization’s disaster recovery center. Rio Tinto uses a combination of TETRA and MOTOTRBO radio handsets and dispatch consoles across the mine sites to monitor and manage field operations safely and efficiently.

The solution forms an important part of Rio Tinto’s business continuity plans to keep operations running safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling commercial supply chain continuity and planning for future eventualities.

“Any communications equipment used in mining must adhere to the highest standards to keep workers safe and maintain security and reliability across the entire operation,” said Martin Chappell, general manager of energy and natural resources for Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand. “Through a combination of rugged radios, purpose-built dispatch consoles and essential backup links, we are providing Rio Tinto Aluminium with effective protection for its people and assets to ensure business continuity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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