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Goldcorp: Internet of Things Enables the Mine of the Future

Goldcorp is committed to responsible mining practices and maintaining maximum safety for its workers. At the same time, the firm is constantly exploring ways to improve the efficiency of its operations, extend the life of its assets, and control costs. Goldcorp needed technology that can maximize production efficiency by tracking all mining operations, keep employees safe with remote operations and monitoring of hazardous work areas and control production costs through better asset and site management.

  • Cisco
    Cisco designs and sells broad lines of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world, building the Internet. Over the last 30 plus years, they have been the world’s leader in connecting people, things and technologies - to each other and to the Internet - realizing their vision of changing the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. Today, Cisco have over 70,000 employees in over 400 offices worldwide who design, produce, sell, and deliver integrated products, services, and solutions. Over time, they have expanded to new markets that are a natural extension of their core networking business, as the network has become the platform for automating, orchestrating, integrating, and delivering an ever-increasing array of information technology (IT)–based products and services. Revenue: $49.2 billion (2015) NASDAQ: CSCO Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - Jasper - OpenDNS - CloudLock
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
    Networks & Connectivity - RFID
  • Metals
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Personnel Tracking & Monitoring
    Remote Control
    Track & Trace of Assets
  • Goldcorp is one of the world’s fastest-growing gold producers, with development projects throughout the Americas and more than 18,000 employees worldwide.
  • Goldcorp
  • To increase insight and control across the mine, Goldcorp deployed a Cisco Connected Mining solution. Goldcorp can manage its communications and mining operations on one multi-service, secure IP network. Built to withstand harsh conditions, the solution delivers unified, secure access from any device and any location. The Connected Mining solution provides near real-time visibility, monitoring, and ventilation control. Meanwhile, Partner utilization of AeroScout's RFID solution enables live tracking of people and assets in the mine.

    Hardware Components - AeroScout Industrial RF tags

    Software Components - Cisco Connected Mining solution

  • Asset Performance, Asset Status Tracking, Energy Cost Per Unit, Operation Performance, Tracking Of People
  • Impact #1
    [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.
    Impact #3
    [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    Enhanced tracking provides near real-time insight into the status and location of equipment.
  • Benefit #1

    Ventilation on demand reduces energy costs between $1.5 and $2.5 million per year.

    Benefit #2

    Improved tracking locates employees in the event of an emergency 45 to 50 minutes faster than before.

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