Komatsu Autonomous System Gains LTE Milestone

January 21, 2019
Mining operators are moving toward LTE networks to control haul trucks

Komatsu America’s FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) has qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology, which the company says paves the way for “ultra-high system availability and reliability” in mining operations.

Komatsu completed a year-long qualification program at the company’s proving grounds in Tucson, Arizona, conducting extensive testing of the FrontRunner AHS on Nokia’s Future X infrastructure, a private LTE communication solutions for the mining industry.

Mining operators are moving away from wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi toward LTE networks in order to improve security, capacity, and overall performance within a multi-application environment, Komatsu says. LTE networks provide high availability, seamless mobility, and the ability to support multiple applications and services simultaneously.

“This industry milestone represents a key step in Komatsu’s exploration of private LTE and highlights Nokia’s role as the leading global supplier of mission-critical solutions and services for the mining industry,” said Luiz Steinberg, Komatsu president/CEO of modular mining systems.

 “We are excited to be engaging the mining automation market with Komatsu, a powerhouse in the industry, to further highlight the benefits of Future X for mining companies as a strategic advantage in their operations,” said Kathrin Buvac, president of Nokia Enterprise. “Private LTE is a key element in the Nokia Bell Labs Future X architecture to help industries such as mining create an intelligent, dynamic, high-performance network that increases the safety, productivity and efficiency of their business.”

Construction Equipment went on a demonstration ride in the AHS. Watch it below.

Source: Komatsu America


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