TECHNOLOGY

Inmarsat adds satellite connectivity to IMDEXHUB-IQ

Inmarsat will provide enhanced connectivity for mining equipment, technology and services (METS) company Imdex’s drilling intelligence solution, IMDEXHUB-IQ, in Australasia

 IMDEXHUB-IQ users will be able to upload field data in real time anywhere in Australasia

IMDEXHUB-IQ users will be able to upload field data in real time anywhere in Australasia

Inmarsat and Imdex have partnered up to boost IMDEXHUB-IQ with satellite connectivity.

The solution will now come with Inmarsat's L-band satellite connectivity as standard, removing the need for mining and drilling companies to provide their own connectivity.

This gives them the ability to analyse and upload field data in real time from the most isolated locations around Australasia.

Imdex's cloud-based solution, IMDEXHUB-IQ, aggregates and transmits field data collected from a range of subsurface instrumentation and mobile units. The data can then be analysed at headquarters and results fed back to operational teams, who can make operational improvements or modifications.

Michelle Carey, general manager for Imdex product development, said: "For mining and exploration operations to be successful, accurate subsurface data needs to be quickly collected and analysed to provide teams on the ground with intelligence to maximise the value of their decisions. This collaboration will allow our IMDEXHUB-IQ solution to connect to the cloud via Inmarsat's highly secure and reliable network, meaning that the data obtained can be uploaded for analysis in real time, even in areas with no terrestrial coverage."

She added that Imdex is introducing the solution on a regional basis in Australia and New Zealand, with worldwide distribution to follow soon.

Joe Carr, director of mining innovation at Inmarsat, said: "Inmarsat is committed to enabling the connected mine. We are working closely together with IMDEX to power its IMDEXHUB-IQ drilling intelligence solution, making it accessible to resource and drilling companies across Australasia by providing access to our L-band network.

"By building our global mobile satellite connectivity into the solution as standard, end-users do not have to spend time and considerable effort to reduce the complexity of procuring their own network providers on a project by project basis.

"Once implemented, IMDEXHUB-IQ will improve efficiencies to mining and exploration operations across the continent and we look forward to working together with IMDEX in the future to bring this innovative solution to a global market."

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