HERE Technologies and Ericsson partner with custom mapping

By Dominic Ellis
Ericsson connectivity and HERE location services can help map private terrain, and pinpoint and navigate assets to improve operational efficiency

HERE Technologies and Ericsson have teamed up to provide the global mining industry with custom mapping capabilities. 

The combination of Ericsson connectivity and HERE location services deliver smart mining capabilities, from mapping private terrain, to pinpointing and navigating assets in real-time. By using location data to build continuously updated private maps on the HERE location platform, mining companies can create a canvas to improve operational efficiency and safety.

The living map can then be used to search or track, and deploy routing, as well as custom-built applications and services.

Companies can deploy an on-premise cellular network for exclusive use. For mining, this includes facilities in very remote areas and underground tunnels, both of which are not typically within public cellular range, and Ericsson’s high-performance 5G private networks are purpose-built for mining operations.

“We are partnering with HERE because of the breadth of their location services – ranging from mapping to routing, positioning and asset tracking. Combining our advanced private network solutions with HERE services will give mining firms a head start on their digitalisation journey,” said Thomas Norén, Head of Dedicated Network and Vice-President at Ericsson.

“We look forward to increasing the productivity and safety of the mining industry by bringing location services to Ericsson’s customers. With our private mapping capabilities, we enable mining companies to unleash the power of their location data in many important use cases,” said Gino Ferru, General Manager EMEAR and Senior Vice-President at HERE Technologies.

The mining industry is in rapid modernisation phase, with smart mining operations projected to increase threefold until 2025. A key driver of this transformation is the access to private cellular networks, enabling safer, more productive, and more sustainable mining operations, through reliable and low latency connectivity.

Last month Sandvik signed an agreement to acquire Australian-based Deswik, which will be part of a newly formed division Digital Mining Technologies within business area Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions (click here).

By acquiring Deswik, Sandvik gains a leading supplier of integrated software platforms that support digitalisation throughout mine planning stages, with more than 10,000 current licenses. 

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