Digital services in the mining industry were traditionally driven by occupational safety and the need to increase productivity and efficiency. Industry 4.0 has already resulted in the automation of many practices, introducing devices to capture and provide a real time view of operations. This resulted in organisations digitising their operational data and enabling faster machine communications. This has been further encouraged by the advances in cellular networks.
The recent acceleration of change as a result of adapting to the pandemic, has also served as a launching pad for broader reforms and experimentation, particularly in the area of remote work enabled by analytics and automation. Looking ahead and as a next step, utilising the plethora of data already available to improve productivity and efficiency will help organisations achieve the full potential of digitalisation.
In this guide to digitalisation in the mining sector, read how organisations can continue to take the lead when it comes to mining innovation, and use its global head start as a springboard for further optimisation and improvements, especially in the area of remote work.