IoT to make an entry in European mining operations

The project’s vision is to tap the full potential a “digital mine” offers by embedding digital thinking into the heart of the mining businesses, by improving digital skills of mining personnel and by enhancing the cooperation along the entire digital mining value chain.

IoT to make an entry in European mining operations
IoT to make an entry in European mining operations

IoT to make an entry in European mining operations

The Horizon 2020 project titled “illuMINEation” with a budget of 8.9 Million Euro is set to kick-off in September 2020. The project’s vision is to tap the full potential a “digital mine” offers by embedding digital thinking into the heart of the mining businesses, by improving digital skills of mining personnel and by enhancing the cooperation along the entire digital mining value chain.

Europe is in a dire need to reduce its import dependency with respect to a multitude of raw materials. In order to do so, Europe’s mining industry must completely redesign the process of traditional mining via the adoption of pioneering innovations, accompanied by extensive use of data analytics and new types of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Under the coordination of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben in Austria, the EU-funded illuMINEation project will highlight significant aspects of digitalization in underground mining activities. The core objective would be to improve the efficiency along with the health and safety of European mining operations and its personnel.

The project will establish a robust multi-level distributed IIoT platform including cloud/edge computing and distributed data-management, with data sourced from large sensor networks. Advanced user interfaces, dashboards and AR/VR applications will allow for optimized information flow. A rigorous cybersecurity approach will ensure that all data is properly protected.

Via digitization of important mining aspects, such as the mineral deposit, rock mass stability, equipment condition monitoring, safety of mining personnel as well as the working and mining environment, the illuMINEation project addresses all of the three key factors that influence the sustainability and profitability of mining operations: Occupational Health & Safety performance (incl. health & safety aspects of the nearby community), environmental impacts and efficient resource extraction.