Thursday, 04 June 2020 12:04

Inmarsat launches IoT solution to support safer mining tailings management

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Satellite communications provider Inmarsat has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) solution for monitoring mining tailings storage facilities.

Inmarsat launched its Tailings Dam Monitoring Solution in March 2019 after several years of development with industry partners and says that, as a fully managed service, the solution worked by collecting data from a range of industry-established sensors via Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) edge connectivity, before transferring that data across Inmarsat’s L-band network to a dashboard.

“This ensured that mining companies were able to see the status of key metrics in one place and in real-time, facilitating more responsive decision-making and safer mining operations.

Inmarsat says that in order to create its new IoT solution it has further developed aspects of the original solution to build a new application and a “powerful new interoperable platform that increases the solution’s versatility”.



Joe Carr, Director of Mining Innovation at Inmarsat, said: “The response to Inmarsat’s Tailings Dam Monitoring Solution in the last year has been very positive. It is clear that the industry wants to develop safer tailings practices, though in the process we have learnt this is not about a one size fits all approach. Miners have explained that there are a myriad of different approaches to tailings monitoring taking place every day”.

“Many miners lack the reliable site-level connectivity required to enable real-time monitoring and management, though on some sites, some companies have this. The common need that we found amongst all of our customers and the miners we have spoken to was a platform to help bring all of their data together.

“This is why we have created two propositions. With Tailings Insight - Cloud, we are removing the challenge of combining data from multiple sources and giving companies global visibility across their global TSF portfolios in one place, which supports faster, more informed decision-making and better governance. We take this a step further with our Tailings Insight - Plus proposition, the gold standard in tailings governance.

“Both of these propositions will be key in helping mining organisations future-proof themselves and respond to the upcoming changes to tailings regulation globally. They can be used in conjunction with each other at different sites across a global portfolio and upgrading from Tailings Insight – Cloud to Tailings Insight – Plus is easy. We will continue to listen to the mining industry and work towards supporting a safer, sustainable and accessible future for the sector.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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