Australian Information Industry Association

  

IoT Cluster for Mining and Energy Resources


Purpose of the Cluster

The purpose of the cluster is to develop an independent and self-sustaining partnership of organisations that can integrate their capabilities for commercial purposes. This cluster network will be comprised of ICT firms, research organisations, upstream and downstream supply chain operators in the Mining and Energy Resources sectors, with the intent of developing, productising and marketing specialist IoT solutions in national and international markets.

The context is driving commercial outcomes through the cluster by making sense of all the data accessible to the operating environments of Mining and Oil & Gas companies and their associated supply chains.


Why an IoT Cluster for Mining and Energy Resources?

The Internet of Things (IoT) supports tremendous change for the mining and energy resources sectors. These highly complex sectors are under enormous pressure to operate more productively, to reduce dependency on high cost labour while navigating remote and sometimes hazardous global operations, highly distributed supply chains, and dealing with the tumultuous impact of price and demand volatility. Even in tougher times, thriving companies strive to continuously adapt and try new business and technology approaches to innovate and achieve efficiencies that support profitability as well as a commitment to sustainability and responsible mining and oil and gas exploration and extraction.

As underscored in the Government of South Australia’s ICT Roadmap initiative for Mining and Oil and Gas (supported by CSIRO, Deloitte and AIIA) and supplemented with research from global technology operators like Cisco, SAP and Schneider-Electric, the IoT is driving a major new technology trend, opening opportunities for mining and energy resources companies to pursue visibility, safety, and efficiency like never before. There are many aspects of the mining and energy resource sectors that make them ideal candidates for transformation. These include large physical environments, changing market and environmental conditions, and the massive size and amount of equipment. Additionally, the challenges of assessing asset conditions against maintenance schedules and logistical constraints must be met.

The IoT is at the heart of this transformation. It connects people, machines, items, and services to streamline the flow of information, enable real-time decisions, and open new opportunities in mining and energy resources. Leading companies are already investing $billions in the IoT – and realizing returns that range from increased asset uptime and efficient predictive maintenance to autonomous fleets of vehicles able to move more goods at a far lower cost. They are beginning to transform their business practices and recognize that, in time, the IoT will touch many areas of mining operations and production.


Application

Areas of IoT application include:

Optimized Mine Operations

  • Real-time machine and sensor integration (Machine to machine)
  • Fleet operations monitoring
  • Real-time alerts
  • Plant dashboards and trend analysis
  • Logistics and quality monitoring
  • Ore-grade sensing
  • Linking to enterprise resource planning
  • Predictive analytics using real-time data to trigger maintenance workflow

Sales and Supply Chain Management

  • Fleet operations monitoring
  • Autonomous haul trucks
  • Real-time logistics informatics
  • Location intelligence
  • Port management
  • Asset information network

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Sustainability monitoring
  • Wearable devices to monitor hazardous exposure and fatigue
  • Emissions and environmental monitoring and control
  • Confined space operations.

Australia has a number of innovative ICT firms and research organisations that have expertise, capability and intellectual property that relate to parts of this opportunity. However, few technology firms have a “complete solution” to this opportunity in their own right.

For example, Australian ICT firms have capability in the areas of:

  • Devices and new classes of IoT ‘things’ like wearables and drone sensors
  • Data capture and streaming
  • Big data management and analytics
  • Cloud based infrastructure
  • Applications specific to business challenges facing the Mining and Energy Resources supply chain, like the ones described above.

Further, there are organisations with global capabilities involved with AIIA that are complementary to Australian capability. Examples include the Swedish firm, Mobilaris and UK firm, Informed Solutions.

Contacts


To join the cluster or for more information contact Steven Travers, Executive Manager, IoT Cluster - Mining & Energy Resources.