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.

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  • VENDOR
  • CUSTOMER
  • Goldcorp is one of the world’s fastest-growing gold producers, with development projects throughout the Americas and more than 18,000 employees worldwide.

  • SOLUTION
  • 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

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Near real-time tracking of people and assets, ventilation status, air quality

  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1

    Real-time Tracking - The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time.

    Impact #2

    Remote Device Diagnostics - Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.

    Impact #3

    Enhanced tracking provides near real-time insight into the status and location of equipment.

  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • 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.

  • INDUSTRIES
  • Mining
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Environmental Health & Safety
    Information Technology
    Logistics
    Maintenance
  • ENABLED CAPABILITIES
  • Asset Tracking & Monitoring
    Data Acquisition & Management
    Predictive Maintenance
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • IPv6
    Wi-Fi
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