Automation in heavy industries such as mining is a good way to improve safety and efficiency, and we often see earlier versions of technology that could one day enter consumer goods,media CNET reported. Robotics is a good example. Robotic mining dump trucks have been around for some time, and it seems difficult for people to safely control these “behemoths”. Zyfra, a Russian-Finnish joint venture, is seeking to use 5G technology to further develop it.
Zyfra is specially equipped with a complete sensor ecosystem for large Russian Belaz dumptrucks, enabling it to operate autonomously within the Chernogorsky open-pit mine near Khakassia, Russia. The localized 5G network is based on equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei.
“Robot dumptrucks significantly increase the productivity of cargo transport (up to 30%), thanks to a reduction in non-technical downtime associated with human factors (shifts, lunchtimes, etc.) and an increase in the average speed of the robot dump truck while travelling, thereby increasing the number of movements per shift (approximately 20%). Pavel Rastopshin, general manager of Zyfra, said in a statement.
Rastopshin added: “The 5G network has proven its reliability in robotic equipment applications at open-pit mining sites. But in general, other data transmission standards can also be used to extend and transmit robotic devices. When choosing a particular type of data transfer technology, it is important to look at the quality of service provided and the approximate value of the cost of the robot technology applied to a particular mining area. “
Previously, most of these industrial systems operated on Wi-Fi/mesh networks, and 5G solutions have been proven to be more reliable and efficient, according to Zyfra. What might this mean for consumer goods? Not only can it serve as a proof of the feasibility of 5G in a security-critical autonomous system, which in turn should make it easier for other developers to rely on the technology in their own work.