Sweden – EU-funded Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN SIMS) project has added a new member.
Ericsson has joined the three-year initiative that aims to develop autonomous, carbon-neutral mining processes, with 5G connectivity playing a significant role.
Efficiency and sustainability
Comprising mining companies, equipment manufacturers, tech companies and universities, NEXGEN SIMS got underway on May 1, 2021. The project will pursue collaborative partnerships across new technologies, methods and processes to increase the efficiency and sustainability of mining operations globally.
Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the USD 16 million project is being coordinated by Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, Epiroc, in cooperation with a range of industry-diverse partners, including: Ericsson, K+S, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska and Luleå University of Technology.
Ericsson Dedicated Networks solutions will feature prominently in the consortium. The solutions provide optimal on-site connectivity and supporting positioning for electric equipment, autonomous material handling, cross-machine fleet control and more.
The full list of partners is: Ericsson, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska, K+S and OZ Minerals, Mobilaris MCE, AFRY and KGHM Cuprum; LTU Business, Luleå University of Technology and RWTH Aachen University.