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How IoT will Usher in a New Era of Smart Mining

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:43
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Magic beans are spilled all over Google, while many pick them up for benefit, most of us pepper the search bar reflecting the curiosity about Internet of Things as “the next big thing” transforming our world along with technology. Today’s impatient world has crowned Google as the cyber ruler owing to its fast solutions spilling techniques, as they account for Google’s golden treasure of mined data. However, Internet of Things (IoT) is giving more than just a sustaining competition to Google. Magic spells of IoT have touched many aspects of the Industrial development in many parameters, without sparing the mining sector.

Stepping back to history, communication of two devices without using internet was a moment of magic for many, however we live that magic everyday presently. Without the equipment of broadband for connection, we can use air conditioners and television sets using remotes. This is the magic spell of “Internet of Things”.

However, “the next big thing” would not be big enough, if we invest in smart applications of it. Apart from taking technology to another level, IoT has resolved major problems owing to it applications in various sectors including the mining sector.

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Mining sector has majorly contributed to our economy and embedding its operations with applications of IoT has unveiled a new technological concept, the smart and connected technology. Mining sector is spell bound by the Smart technology owing to its applications in related operations and resolving problems in every parameter. Smart technology enables self-monitoring, analyzing and reporting technology embedded in computer systems, hard disk drives and solid states drives. These enable the system to detect and report to operators regarding various indicators and the degree of reliability along with the intent of reporting about any possibility of hardware failures expected from these devices.

Technology of “the next big thing” has contributed to the mining sector in a significant manner, taking its operations and productivity to another level. IoT has enabled many heavy devices used in the mining field leveraged improved performance through multi-tasking capabilities in fraction of seconds. Equipping these devices with features to connect, communicate, retrieve and send all the mined data to operators and workers effortlessly with the help of proximity sensor, it has slashed the work load to a great extent. Applications of IoT have equipped machines with a feature that enables them to locate data and retrieve it.

Many times heavy machines or devices are required to undergo shafts and tunnels to during the mining process, which is a life-risking task. IoT has catered to this risk by enabling machines to machine connection, similar to connection of airplanes to airbases. The technology enables mining data, which can be monitored on screens by operators to ensure devices are on the right track.

This technology has accessorized devices and machines with proximity-sensors that enable them to sense where exactly is the data located, while mining under tunnels, shafts, seas, rivers, rails and other such places. Much has been predicted for this technology in the future, as it is expected to log Google out owing to fast paced applications of IoT. It is expected to be ubiquitous in future as compared to Google today.

Furthermore, Internet of Things not only senses proximity of data, but also transmits mined data post mining operations, which further help in taking right business decisions in the mining sector. This technology is a great boon to the human kind as mining mainly called for human contribution previously. Operations in the mining field by workers resulted in a catastrophe due to unhealthy working environment, use of unpredicted machines, which were out of the controls of owners and operators. The emerging technology of the Internet of Things has gifted the workers engaged in mining with a life-saving technology. Applications of this technology has equipped the mining fields with “On-demand” Ventilators, which ensure safe working environment of the mine worker with less possibility of risking of their lives. The spell bound smart technology is changing procedures of mining in every parameter making work of operators effortless and convenient in parallel to engaging in unpredictable guesswork.

Connection of machines without internet connections has changed the basis of operations in this sector. Built on cloud computing and networks of data gathering sensors, owners, workers or operators in this field no more need to click on Google to ask for services, all it needs is the smart machine to machine (M2M) connection, which creates an intersection of data and leverage it. This leveraged data is used by Cloud-based applications that help in making decisions related to the mined data. Operations of Internet of Things are based on Cloud computing techniques, which create an intersection of data and enable them to be used by various sensors without using internet. This is how major devices function beyond our knowledge and expectations. So keep these magical beans as they are surely bound to develop into a tree in the near future.

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