World class gold and copper mining facility with significant underground and open-pit surface operations required a robust, capable digital radio network.
New Afton mine covers approximately 3 square KM above ground, with approximately 21 square KM of underground tunnels. Cartel needed to supply a design that would leverage their significant investment in fibre optics underground infrastructure and incorporate a multi-site, multi-channel TETRA Radio Network.
Using a software suite developed by our sister company, TASC Systems, a custom “asset management” package was implemented that saved the mine hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital equipment and provides pin-point details on critical equipment and system performance.
Mining operations are a very demanding environment; many commercial IT platforms do not stand up to the riggers of daily use. Selecting system elements for this design that survive in rough terrain and perform was a challenge. Cartel Communication Systems accomplished this objective as the New Afton Mine was about to enter its 6th year of operations.