35%

cited connectivity issues as a barrier to IIoT adoption

The remoteness of many mines, combined with the challenge of multiple sites spread over great distances makes connectivity an especially pressing issue for the mining sector. Factor in a growing move toward automation, smart exploration and sample analysis and the need for reliable connectivity is more important than ever. However, 35 per cent of mining respondents cited connectivity issues as a barrier to IIoT adoption, a higher percentage than any other segment interviewed.

How well is the mining sector adapting to the connectivity requirements of IoT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

How well is the mining sector adapting to the connectivity requirements of IoT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

For control centre staff, connectivity issues may reduce visibility of data which will lead to a shut down in production, which could seriously impact upon a mine’s profitability.

It is a concern, then, that 61 per cent agreed that connectivity issues could disrupt IIoT deployments and 66 per cent reported that they struggle with reliable connectivity at least some of the time.

WE STRUGGLE WITH RELIABLE CONNECTIVITY WHEN IT COMES TO SUCCESSFUL IIOT DEPLOYMENT (%)


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Strongly disagree

Satellite evidently plays an important role in an industry challenged by connectivity issues in its journey toward digital transformation. 39 per cent viewed it as the most important connectivity method, and those that viewed it this way were more likely to be enjoying the benefits from their IIoT deployments.

Given satellite’s potential to deliver connectivity to a remote site and mesh radio networks’ ability to facilitate data transfer in areas where line of sight is obscured, such as an underground mine, it is no surprise that radio networks also rank highly in importance.

WHICH CONNECTIVITY TYPE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR IIOT DEPLOYMENTS? (%)

Satellite
Radio networks
Cellular Networks
Fibre Networks

WHICH CONNECTIVITY TYPE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR IIOT DEPLOYMENTS? (%)

Satellite
Radio networks
Cellular Networks
Fibre Networks

Of all the land-based sectors examined, mining emerged as the most reliant on satellite networks to support its IIoT initiatives

Increasingly mining companies are using newer wireless data collection mechanisms: RFID was the most widely-used with 42 per cent using it, followed by LoRaWAN and SigFox with 10 per cent each. SigFox was more commonly used in Australia than LoRaWAN, while this was inverted as a trend amongst Canadian mining businesses. Only in Russia did RFID not rank as the top IIoT protocol, with respondents their instead citing Bluetooth Low Energy top.

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