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Turning on the digital future of mining at Lihir

Business and Enterprise

Posted on June 25, 2019

3 min read

Together with Newcrest, we’ve switched on the first Private 4G LTE mobile network in Papua New Guinea at the Lihir gold mine. This next-generation network will allow for greater levels of safety, tele-remote operation of mining equipment, and autonomous systems throughout the mine, while seamlessly integrating into Newcrest’s existing Wi-Fi network.

We worked with Newcrest to design, stage, deploy and test the network at Lihir, implementing a Private LTE system that has been validated as a dependable and scalable networking platform for the mining industry – and one that will help mining houses digitally transform their operations to plan for the future.

Newcrest’s Lihir gold mine extends 300 metres into a volcanic crater, which has the potential to expose workers to elevated temperatures. Chris Jordaan, the mine’s general manager, says that tele-remote and autonomous mining technologies are fundamental to working the hot work areas that will become more dominant features of the Lihir operation in the future.

“The Private LTE network will be a great enabler for these technologies and coupled with the existing in-pit Wi-Fi network, we have been able to create a heterogeneous network that covers the whole mining lease.”

We’ve provided Newcrest with a tailored platform using Ericsson technology that will underpin its safety and digital mining ambitions and will help improve productivity and deliver new value and efficiencies to the business. They’ll be using it to further modernise the mine site to enable the use of current and future mining applications, including tele-remote and autonomous systems, more extensively.

Newcrest and Telstra Mining Services took what has become a best-in-class preliminary deployment approach with the network. Designing it for full production but initially deploying at two sites allowed Newcrest to validate the design principles, implementation techniques and practical capabilities of Private LTE before scaling their investment.

Crucially, the Private LTE platform also includes ‘HetNet’ functionality and rugged vehicle modems provided by Perth-based AVI that allow Newcrest’s connected vehicle fleet to seamlessly switch between LTE and existing Wi-Fi networks without impacting critical mining applications. The new system, completely independent from public mobile networks, uses dual-frequency base stations configured to provide coverage for Lihir’s long-term operations in the area.

Every kind of production vehicle asset that Newcrest uses at Lihir, including trucks, drills, excavators, dozers, shovels and barges, has been connected and operationally proven over the Private LTE network. The upgrade brings significant performance improvements in terms of reliability, speed and latency – boosting fleet efficiency and real-time visibility by 80 per cent.

Lihir’s Private LTE deployment will also improve the efficiency and safety of mining, according to Gavin Wood, Chief Information & Digital Officer at Newcrest.

“Safety is Newcrest’s number-one priority and the network Telstra Mining Services has built with us at Lihir will enable safer and more efficient mining using new technologies. The success of this project was 100 per cent driven by leadership and personal commitment of the Lihir’s OT / IT team working together with Telstra Mining Services.”

LTE is a future-ready platform for wireless communication in mining, and provides highly scalable communications that will be vital to the next generation of machines and systems in the sector. We’re proud to bring our extensive experience with our own networks to help Newcrest work towards the future of mining.

Tags: 4g, LTE, networks,

Making our roads safer with connected vehicles


Posted on June 24, 2019

3 min read

Ever since we began planning for the roll out of 5G in Australia, we’ve been talking about the potential impact it would have on the future of autonomous vehicles. Today we’re bringing a little bit of that future to our Cellular V2X project in partnership with VicRoads and Lexus. 

Making our roads safer in Australia is more than just a goal – it’s a necessity. Victoria’s Towards Zero plan is designed to ensure that the state’s road toll is constantly pushed towards the vision of zero deaths and serious injuries. That’s why we’re proud to put our tech towards saving lives on the road working with Lexus on the Advanced Connected Vehicles Victoria (or ACV2) project.

We have just demonstrated this technology to the public for the first time today, and on-road testing of these connected vehicles will now commence in Victoria – so keep an eye out!

By optimising our network, we’re able to create a system that goes beyond simply connecting vehicles to each other – instead also connecting them to existing road network infrastructure. We’re able to use the fast, low-latency cellular ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (or V2X) infrastructure we have built over 4G to make drivers more aware of potential risks and dangers on the road before they’re able to see it themselves. 

In a connected test vehicle, for example, hard braking could send out an alert of this behaviour to alert nearby vehicles to the danger before existing in-vehicle sensors could detect the problem. Vehicles could also detect red light violations, which are received from vehicles that might be about to enter an active intersection against the light. Cameras mounted on the dashboard of test vehicles could also be connected, and configured to detect pedestrians in intersections, alerting drivers to give way.  

We’ve brought a bit of 5G performance, low latency, into our 4G network for this trial. For the moment, our 4G network has wide area coverage, and so the first hundreds or thousands of cars that use this technology will certainly do that on 4G. What 5G brings is the ability to do this at scale, with many cars on the road all communicating at the same time. What’s great is that uptake of this technology will go hand in hand with the way we’re building 5G coverage, so by the time it’s needed, we’ll have the network built out.

Crucially, we are investing in this project to develop cellular V2X for connected vehicles well before automated vehicles are readily available – making driver safer, easier, more economic and more enjoyable.

This technology is proof that mobile and automotive connectivity developed here in Australia has the ability to help prevent accidents on our roads and to potentially save lives. The strength and speed of our mobile network means Telstra is well placed to support a future where this technology can become a reality.

Our purpose is connecting Australia and building a future where everyone can thrive – and we’re especially proud to work with VicRoads and Lexus in this spirit to make our roads safer.

Lexus and Telstra at the Grand Prix: come and see the future of driving safety

Network 5G

Posted on March 14, 2019

2 min read

We’re proud to partner with Lexus in developing life-saving communication technologies for connected vehicles, and we’re even prouder to be able to show those innovative vehicles to you at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

As part of the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero road safety strategy, we’re working with Lexus to test and trial new and potentially life-saving Cellular V2X technology and advanced driver assistance features on Australian roads. Lexus will have these technologies and more on show at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from 14 to 17 March, demonstrating how they work and why we need them.

Using our 4G mobile network and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology on two Lexus hybrid cars, our partnership has tested and developed driver assistance features like emergency braking detection communication between cars, and beyond-visual-range stopped vehicle warnings – both of which can contribute to making our roads a safer place for everyone.

Cellular V2X uses a combination of our 4G mobile network and short-range radios for direct communication between nearby vehicles and the environment around them – not just other cars and trucks, but also infrastructure like traffic lights, or even the smartphones of nearby pedestrians. There’s also a pathway for 5G technology to be used in V2X development in the future, for more detailed communication and faster response times.

This trial is being undertaken as a part of Victoria’s Towards Zero strategy to help inform the future development and adoption of road safety technologies, and we think that this innovative project using world-leading technology will contribute to making our roads safer and less congested. We are all excited to see how this technology matures, and to take part in its development along the way.

It will be some time before autonomous vehicles are commonplace on Australian roads, but our work with Lexus will make driving a safer experience well before then.

Tags: 4g, sport,

Climbing the transformation mountain

Business and Enterprise

Posted on March 14, 2019

2 min read

Two years have passed since someone suggested to me to work with them on transforming Telstra’s B2B business. In those two years, we have been on an amazing journey of understanding what it means to perform a heart and lung transplant on a patient running a marathon while also leading the pack.

In two years, we have not only established a set of end-to-end integrated systems, from product definition to customer billing, we have also launched what is one of Telstra’s most holistic offers to market as a true paperless proposition –it has been awesome to see the positive impacts to our customers and partners.

To many of the team, delivering all of these aspects in our transformation program has felt like we have climbed a mountain. That said, we have a long way still to go to realise the scale of change that will ensure a sustainable change for the business.

There have been many examples of change that our transformation program is bringing, including the automatic flow of information between systems without any human intervention. This might seem obvious, but any business or IT person involved in managing system handoffs will appreciate that it’s these integrations that are the hardest. Hearing from one of the team how data is now populating automatically between systems without any need to request it is music to my ears.

Tags: 4g, IoT,

Pushing the boundaries of 4G with a world first 2Gbps capable data call


Posted on September 19, 2018

2 min read

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Telstra is again pushing the boundaries of what is possible on our mobile network, making the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using the live commercial network.

Together with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Telstra has made the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using our mobile network in the regional centre of Toowoomba in Queensland.

This call follows the 2Gbps speed demonstration at Mobile World Congress in February and the further testing in Sweden in June, and is the first time the technology has been taken out of the lab and deployed using a real commercial network.

This live call was achieved using Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile test platform powered by the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, an Ericsson Radio System base-station Ericsson’s Network Software and Ericsson core network. The call highlights what is possible by aggregating five LTE carriers across three different frequency bands with each carrier using 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies.

Success in 5G will depend on a strong underlying 4G network, and this world first 2Gbps capable LTE data call over Telstra’s live commercial network is an important step forward in the development of 5G.

Telstra has the commercial end-to-end network capability of delivering the world leading LTE speeds, and will now begin to deploy this technology in selected areas of our mobile network to support even greater capacity and faster mobile speeds for our customers.

We expect to deploy 2Gbps enabled 4G technology in select locations later in 2018. With the new 2Gbps capable NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Router expected to be available in the coming months, we are gearing up to launch the world’s fastest 4G device on Australia’s fastest mobile network. What’s more, we expect this device will likely be faster than some early 5G devices.

We are pleased to be working with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies on what is another example of how Telstra is innovating at the cutting edge of mobile technology.

* Based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds

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