The Asia Miner

JAN-MAR 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 46 PRODUCT NEWS Leading regional internet service provider, Vastnet, has launched its new state-of-the-art communicaঞons trailers that enhance wireless internet, voice and data networks in remote areas. Vastnet's robust and portable network-enhancing technology is being welcomed by operators of mine sites in isolated and remote locaঞons where providing communicaঞon soluঞons is a constant challenge.  The company is keeping mine sites connected with solar- powered remote communicaঞons trailers that stream high- speed, independent internet and mobile networks across enঞre sites up to 100 kilometres away. By implemenঞng mobile boosঞng technologies, Vastnet uঞlises 4G and 3G mobile networks to supply fast, reliable internet and data to remote sites throughout Australia. "With the future of mining becoming increasingly digital, companies are requiring internet and data soluঞons that support new mining technologies," said Vastnet CEO, David Stevens. "Vastnet is now providing mining companies with high- speed wireless connecঞvity across enঞre sites and direct links to other remote locaঞons." Vastnet supports mining companies to enable operators to use advanced technologies such as real-ঞme data capture, automaঞon and autonomous vehicles, wearable technologies and digital-twinning.  "Our cost-effecঞve soluঞons are tailored to meet a mine site's specific communicaঞon and budgetary requirements for companies looking at ways to increase producঞvity while maintaining sustainable cost pracঞces," said Mr Stevens.  "The evoluঞon of the 'digital mine' in Australia is rapidly advancing with new technologies changing the way things get done, requiring a backbone of cuমng-edge technology that can adapt to the fast pace of change." The Vastnet remote communicaঞons trailers are fully customisable for a client's needs and offer a variety of applicaঞons including 3G/4G coverage enhancement for mine site communicaঞons and remote machinery connecঞvity. As an ACMA licensed carrier, Vastnet has aggregator and carrier capabiliঞes, providing them with the flexibility to deliver bespoke, unique, regional soluঞons. The company prides itself on its personalised service, with an Australian-based support team available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Vastnet uses solar to boost communications for mining operations Vastnet CEO David Stevens Acঞve Minerals Internaঞonal (AMI) and Australia's OSD Pty Ltd (OSD) have entered into a binding agreement that provides a step change in transportaঞon costs to the mining industry via hydro transportaঞon (slurry) of lump coal and magneঞte via pipeline. OSD and AMI have come together to provide this innovaঞve hydro transport soluঞon which has the potenঞal to significantly reduce OPEX, CAPEX and environmental impact when compared to tradiঞonal transportaঞon soluঞons. This cooperaঞon lays the framework for jointly sharing intellectual property, pairing OSD's pipeline engineering and operaঞons experঞse with AMI's innovaঞve low dose addiঞve, Acঞ-Gel ® 208, to bring next-generaঞon soluঞons to mining clients. This agreement covers Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. "To maintain a compeঞঞve edge, the mining industry is conঞnually looking for innovaঞve ways to transport product safer, cheaper and with a reduced environmental footprint. OSD and AMI have a soluঞon, and it's exciঞng to provide this innovaঞon to our clients," commented Brian O'Sullivan, OSD's Chairman. "By demonstraঞng this OSD and AMI innovaঞve work, Australia has the ability to provide a world-leading new way of mine product transportaঞon that will set a new benchmark," commented Dennis Parker, AMI President. The two companies will first employ their experঞse to develop opportuniঞes to design, build and support the operaঞon of magneঞte and coal hydro transport slurry pipelines. AMI and OSD collaborate to lead the mining industry in hydro transport

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