HERE Technologies and Ericsson announced at CES 2022 a collaboration that would provide the global mining industry with custom mapping technology.
The companies believe that smart mining is the path forward in modernizing the industry. Smart mining operations are projected to increase threefold until 2025. A driver of this transformation is the access to private cellular networks for safer, more productive and sustainable mining operations.
Ericsson is a leading equipment maker for 5G and is developing 5G private networks purpose-built for mining. The technology would be able to deploy a cellular network on the premises and map the location of the area that will be worked on. Mining is frequently performed in remote areas and underground tunnels where public cellular is unavailable.
HERE and Ericsson would deliver location services for smart mining including mapping private terrain, pinpointing and navigating assets in real-time and continuously updating private maps to canvas areas more efficiently and safely.
This living map would then be used to search or track, and deploy routing powered by HERE as well as custom-built applications and services.