Deep learning: How the mining industry got smart

Recovering the planet’s natural resources is hard. It’s difficult, dangerous, and can be environmentally damaging. Cue an IT revolution, with smart communications, ‘extreme Wi-Fi’ covering vast deserts, autonomous vehicles that extract vital rocks and minerals, and geofenced employees who receive warnings if they get close to a mine’s famously colossal big machinery.There’s even a ‘smart bolt’ that creates an underground support structure which is classic Internet of Things. The final goal is the autonomous mine, where humans are completely removed from the mining process. Greg Smith, General Manager, Mining Support Group, Global Mining, Hitachi Construction MachineryWhat is smart mining? As with most industries, using the term ‘smart’ means increasing efficiency, though in mining there’s a vital added ingredient: human safety. “It’s about doing it smarter to reduce cost, lower emissions…

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