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Canada’s Goldcorp Raises the Bar and Builds the ‘Mine of the Future’

- March 3, 2015 4:49 pm

Across Canada, companies are making the incredible happen with the Internet of Everything. This week I am pleased to share another Canadian IoE success story, straight from British Columbia-based Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine in Northern Quebec.

As my colleague Doug Bellin writes on the Cisco blog:

In the Baie-James region of Northern Quebec, Goldcorp has incorporated Cisco’s Connected Mining solution, enabling them to create the ‘Mine of the Future’ at its Éléonore location.

Goldcorp’s connected ‘Mine of the Future’ has sensor networks, command and control rooms, innovation centers for developing next-generation solutions, and six-sigma programs for continuous improvement projects both above and below ground. Every miner and any piece of equipment Goldcorp has under its umbrella can be managed and monitored on a single secure, multiservice IP network.

Developed in a unique partnership with the Cree First Nation, the Éléonore Project has gold reserves of almost five million ounces expected to be retrieved over the next 15-20 years.  According to Guy Belleau, Mine General Manager of Éléonore, this next generation mine was developed from the ground up under Goldcorp’s six pillars: – growing people; safety; partnerships; production; reserves and margins.  Every detail in the mine’s construction considered the comfort & safety of the workforce, its environmental footprint, and the operational productivity of the mine. 

Highlights of Goldcorp’s deployment also include one of the most efficient WiFi underground communications networks in the industry and an innovative SmartEXEC ventilation-on-demand (VOD) system. I encourage you to read Doug’s full post on Goldcorp to learn more about this incredible story.

What do you think about Goldcorp’s mine of the future? Leave a comment below.

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