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Goldcorp: Internet of Things Enables the Mine of the Future

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 Goldcorp: Internet of Things Enables the Mine of the Future - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Networks & Connectivity - RFID
Applicable Industries
  • Metals
Applicable Functions
  • Process Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Personnel Tracking & Monitoring
  • Remote Control
  • Track & Trace of Assets
The Customer
About The Customer
Goldcorp is one of the world’s fastest-growing gold producers, with development projects throughout the Americas and more than 18,000 employees worldwide.
The Challenge

Goldcorp is committed to responsible mining practices and maintaining maximum safety for its workers. At the same time, the firm is constantly exploring ways to improve the efficiency of its operations, extend the life of its assets, and control costs. Goldcorp needed technology that can maximize production efficiency by tracking all mining operations, keep employees safe with remote operations and monitoring of hazardous work areas and control production costs through better asset and site management.

The Solution

To increase insight and control across the mine, Goldcorp deployed a Cisco Connected Mining solution. Goldcorp can manage its communications and mining operations on one multi-service, secure IP network. Built to withstand harsh conditions, the solution delivers unified, secure access from any device and any location. The Connected Mining solution provides near real-time visibility, monitoring, and ventilation control. Meanwhile, Partner utilization of AeroScout's RFID solution enables live tracking of people and assets in the mine.

Hardware Components - AeroScout Industrial RF tags

Software Components - Cisco Connected Mining solution

Data Collected
Asset Performance, Asset Status Tracking, Energy Cost Per Unit, Operation Performance, Tracking Of People
Operational Impact
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    Enhanced tracking provides near real-time insight into the status and location of equipment.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Ventilation on demand reduces energy costs between $1.5 and $2.5 million per year.

  • Improved tracking locates employees in the event of an emergency 45 to 50 minutes faster than before.

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