5G technology is arriving in Chinese mines

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For centuries, the mining industry around the world has faced enormous security challenges – it continues to have a bad reputation despite its importance to the world economy.

Ways are constantly being sought to make mining easier and safer, and one way is to automate the system so as to completely eliminate the need to send workers to hazardous areas.

“Smart” mining is fast becoming a reality as technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Intelligent Devices (IoT) continue to evolve.

As the adoption of the 5G network accelerates, a wide range of applications are being developed in parallel, including the use of the 5G network to power mining equipment without crew members.

An intelligent mining innovation laboratory was opened in Tajuen, Eshansi Province, by the People’s Government of Eshansi Province, Huawei Company, Jineng Holding Group and Kaludera Technology.

The laboratory is intended to help the province’s coal mines by reducing the number of employees in high-risk positions, increasing efficiency and improving overall safety at work through research into new ways of using ICT (Information and Communications Technologies).

“Currently, we are focused on using our technology to help the mining industry reduce the number of employees who go down to the mine by ten to twenty percent. We also plan to reduce the total number of employees by 60 percent by switching to full mechanization of the mining process, “said the director of the Huawei company, Ren Zihanfe.

He also notes that most IT companies have not seen mining as a field for the application of 5G technology, although that area has great potential.

There are currently about 5,300 coal mines and 2,700 ore mines operating in China.

“If we manage to supply those 8,000 mines, we could expand our business to mines outside China, which would be especially important for those located in the Arctic regions in Canada and Russia. Few people are willing to live in these areas due to harsh living conditions. “Reducing the number of employees can be of great importance for the entire industry,” Zihanfe said.

Jovana Canić

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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