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Mining Firm Quadruples Production, with Internet of Everything

Real-Time Location System (RTLS)

Dundee Precious Metal’s flagship mine, in Chelopech, Bulgaria, produces a gold, copper, and silver concentrate set a goal to increase production by 30%. Dundee wanted to increase production quality and output without increasing headcount and resources, improve miner safety, and minimize cost.

Dundee Precious Metal (DPM) is a Canadian-based, international mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining and processing of precious metal properties, with more than 2,100 employees.

The foundation of the solution is a Cisco Unified Wireless network. Two hundred-eighty Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points provide coverage along 50 kilometers of tunnels. The solution connects people, tracks the location of miners and vehicles, monitors vehicle status, and automates building controls.

Miner location, equipment location, buckets usage, vehicle status, engine and oil temperature
The new collaboration capabilities can schedule face-to-face communications which helps to improve understanding and decision making.
Real-time status record enabled Dundee's vehicles to get closer to 100% utilization.
Miner safety is improved by connecting blasting system with location-tracking system.

Dundee increased production from 0.5 million to 2 million tons annually which is a 400% increase.

Using the WAN for voice and videoconferencing has saved nearly US $2.5 M in long-distance charges over two years.

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Total Cost of Ownership - Lowered due to reduction in labor cost and IT management.
Predictive Maintenance - The solution enables predictive maintenance which helps reduce maintenance costs.
Real-time Tracking - The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time.
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