The mining industry is in the early stages of IIoT adoption with just 2 per cent of our respondents having fully deployed an IIoT solution. However, a further 29 per cent are trialling IIoT solutions, with the remaining 69 per cent planning to do so within the next two years, testament to the importance placed on the technology amongst R&D and innovation teams.

 

How mature is the mining sector in relation to IIoT adoption? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

How mature is the mining sector in relation to IIoT adoption? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

While mining organisations lag behind other industries connected in the global production and supply chain, there is evidence they are beginning to seriously consider the benefits that IIoT can bring to the bottom line. 84 per cent agreed that IIoT will revolutionise their organisation, and 79 per cent agreed that the technology is essential for their organisation to gain competitive advantage.

The priority forms of IIoT are focused on asset tracking and smart monitoring, and the greater use of wearables to track employees.

The health and safety dangers in the mining sector makes IIoT an obvious choice to help make staff safer, and the complexity of mining operations – vehicles, engineering tools, and other devices needed for an effective site – makes getting detailed data to create efficiencies an early win for many.

It is also clear that 2019 is set to be a year where many trials in vehicular and asset tracking, among other areas, come to fruition.

PLANNED ADOPTION OF SPECIFIC IIOT APPLICATIONS (%)

Employee tracking through wearables
Energy consumption monitoring
Smart monitoring of assets
Wide area controls such as vehicle management
Asset tracking and route optimisation
Monitoring product usage
Business process automation
Smart security management

PLANNED ADOPTION OF SPECIFIC IIOT APPLICATIONS (%)

Employee tracking through wearables
Energy consumption monitoring
Smart monitoring of assets
Wide area controls such as vehicle management
Asset tracking and route optimisation
Monitoring product usage
Business process automation
Smart security management

Mining businesses expect IIoT to deliver improvements in health and safety and environmental sustainability, as well as a raft of other benefits

In terms of the benefits achieved by those who have made or are trialling IIoT deployments, greater automation (41 per cent), improving health and safety (32 per cent) and improved environmental sustainability (28 per cent) rank highest.

Overall, mining respondents have achieved less from their IIoT deployments than respondents in other industries, pointing to the challenges they face and the nascent state of IIoT within the industry.

However, there are high hopes for IIoT in the future for a number of applications: greater physical security (67 per cent), better decision making (66 per cent) and increased staff productivity (64 per cent) the top three.

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS HAS YOUR ORGANISATION ACHIEVED THROUGH ITS USE OF IIOT?

41%

Greater automation

32%

Improved health and safety

28%

Improved environmental sustainability

26%

Reduced downtime

14%

Greater supply chain insight

14%

Reduced cost

84%

agree that IIoT will revolutionise the mining industry

The mining industry faces a wide range of challenges as it adjusts to changing market conditions and seeks out new mineral deposits, and while these pose a threat to the sector’s future prosperity, those companies that successfully harness digital technologies will be best placed to weather the storm.

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