Thursday, 23 April 2020 14:41

Rio Tinto picks Motorola for backup communications

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Communications provider Motorola Solutions and miner Rio Tinto have jointly designed and deployed a backup communications solution for Rio Tinto Aluminium's integrated operations centre (IOC), in Brisbane.

The IOC provides 24/7 monitoring of all safety, production and quality aspects at bauxite mines in Weipa and Gove (pictured).

In the event that the IOC becomes inaccessible, the back-up system allows the continued tracking of mine production movements via a Tetra digital two-way radio communications system connected to Rio Tinto's disaster recovery centre.

The system was developed and deployed in just five days, and forms an important part of Rio Tinto's business continuity plans to keep operations running safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motorola Solutions Australia & New Zealand general manager of energy and natural resources Martin Chappell said "Any communications equipment used in mining must adhere to the highest standards to keep workers safe and maintain security and reliability across the entire operation.

"Through a combination of rugged radios, purpose-built dispatch consoles and essential back-up links, we are providing Rio Tinto Aluminium with effective protection for its people and assets to ensure business continuity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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