The safety of mining professionals and local communities, and sustainable operations that minimise the impact on the surrounding environment, are paramount to modern mining companies. Miners have embraced the move toward Zero Harm, enhancing their social license to operate by seeking to adopt digital technologies that build transparency and accountability. However, with operations in remote areas without cellular connectivity the norm, reliable connectivity is key to these technologies delivering on their promise.

Inmarsat is enabling safe and sustainable mining operations by connecting your people, machinery and vehicles wherever they are in the world. With a heritage in maritime and aviation safety – we were set up by the United Nations to deliver safety at sea communications – our L-band Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) network offers levels of reliability (up to 99.9%) that make it ideal for critical connectivity.

Tailings dam monitoring

Delivering on our commitment to support safer, more transparent management of TSFs (tailings storage facilities) globally, we have evolved our Tailings Dam Monitoring Solution into Tailings Insight, formed of Tailings Insight – Cloud and Tailings Insight – Plus. We recognise that different mining organisations need different levels of support, and as such you can now integrate our award-winning cloud application with your existing sensors and networks, or access these capabilities as part of a fully managed service with Tailings Insight – Plus.

Tailings Insight – Cloud

Inmarsat’s Tailings Insight – Cloud is a software-as-a-service application that enables organisations to view all of their tailings data in one place via a single dashboard, supporting real-time monitoring and management across the globe.

This solution is a software-as-a-service application developed in response to the industry’s need for a way of compiling tailings data from a multitude of sources. The application easily integrates with existing on-site sensors and connectivity networks to enable real-time monitoring, as well as supporting historical data input for comparative analysis. With a fully customisable interface, multiple sensor map views, custom alarm monitoring, data logging, journaling functionality, sensor health reporting and easy data export, it provides the most comprehensive set of features of any tailings application.

How it works

Tailings Insight – Cloud is compatible with a wide range of sensors and has been enhanced to be able to process nearly all IoT data types, making it easy to integrate with your existing networks. Once in place, the single cloud dashboard is fully customisable and can be tailored to the needs of your organisation and teams. Your data can be made available to operators, auditors and regulators in real-time, enabling you to improve data governance that supports you to achieve compliance.

Features of the solution:

  • Fully customisable interface that enables you to prioritise your most important data
  • Automated data management for enhanced governance, including automated aggregation, decoding and secure storage
  • Multiple sensor views – top down and cross section views (Talud)
  • Alarm monitoring – customisable alarm trigger states and automatic alerting
  • Interoperable with APIs, platforms and a variety of existing connectivity types
  • Data logging – see all historical data in one place and add your own historical data
  • Journaling – annotate entries for future audits
  • Sensor health reporting – live view of sensor conditions and alert system
  • Data export feature for JSON, CSV or XSLX

Tailings Insight – Plus

Tailings Insight Plus – is a fully managed solution that incorporates Tailings Insight – Cloud, as well as featuring sensor integration, edge connectivity, satellite connectivity, and ongoing service monitoring and management.

With Inmarsat controlling the entire, end-to-end process, it can offer service level agreements (SLAs) ensuring the continuous gathering of data, which best supports real-time monitoring. The proposition can be installed at any mine globally and is ideal for TSFs without reliable connectivity or  that require special attention due to their risk status and for mining companies looking to demonstrate their commitment to safe tailings management.

The solution combines our Tailings Insight – Cloud application, global L-band satellite connectivity, LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) edge connectivity, sensor integration, installation, training and ongoing support. Data is transferred from sensors via LoRaWAN, across our ultra-reliable L-band satellite network and into the application. We provide a service level agreement (SLA), so you can be confident all the necessary data is available whenever you need it.

How it works

Instruments such as piezometers and ultrasonic height sensors are connected via edge connectivity before our ultra-reliable Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service transfers the data to the cloud. The application offers granular insight, as well as auditing, alarm and note-based functionality. The solution works with standalone power infrastructure meaning it will work on any mine site – closed or open – and is supported on an ongoing basis as a managed service by Inmarsat.

Features of the solution:

  • A fully managed service that includes robust connectivity, integration, training and ongoing local support for simplicity and peace of mind
  • Tailings Insight – Cloud – industry leading and feature rich application that enables you to see all tailings data in one place and in real-time
  • Ultra-reliable connectivity – the solution includes our L-band BGAN global satellite connectivity that operates with 99.9% uptime and LoRaWAN edge connectivity
  • Security – our networks and data management practices are secure and exceed industry guidelines
  • Service level tiers – tailor your solution to your individual requirements with our tiered approach to SLAs
  • Reliable backup – standalone infrastructure in the event of damage to on-site electricity or connectivity networks. Can be used as a reliable backup to cellular connectivity.

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Remote worker monitoring and communications

Workers often have to operate in remote locations and in difficult conditions, making it essential for them to be visible and to communicate with control centres and other colleagues at all times. Unreliable communications makes normal operations much harder, and can also put people’s safety at risk. In times of emergency, being able to communicate effectively and to find out a worker’s location co-ordinates may make all the difference.

Inmarsat offers a range of services that keep workforces connected at all times. Vehicular tracking enabled by BGAN and IsatData Pro (IDP) allows control centres to understand the exact movements of their fleet, while push-to-talk (PTT) functionality ensures teams are able to communicate wherever they are. Inmarsat’s rugged IsatPhone 2 can be trusted to keep people in touch with colleagues and loved ones wherever they are and also features GPS tracking functionality. All of these services are enabled through Inmarsat’s L-band constellation providing rock-solid reliability.

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