RIO TINTO

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN
2020

ABOUT RIO TINTO
Founded in 1873, Rio Tinto are pioneers in mining and metals – producing iron ore for steel, aluminum, cop, diamonds, titanium and borates in 36 countries. Their projects can be found across Canada including the Diavik Diamond Mine in Northwest Territories.

THE NEED
Rio Tinto required network connectivity at their remote camp in northern Saskatchewan where they conduct diamond excavation – a project known as FalCon. Communications in this area are considered critical and demand an extremely reliable dedicated internet link to support the business.

THE SOLUTION
FalCon’s camp is a high availability facility with a current demand for connectivity, the capacity to grow beyond the network demand, and ability to distribute to different facilities in the area. The wireless infrastructure was designed to handle the future upgrade.

In partnership with SaskTel, we worked to develop a standard process for interconnectivity and monitoring. Comtech first had to perform upgrades, installations and testing to the current SaskTel tower required for connectivity to the camp. Our next step was to install all new radios, antennas, cabling, power, cabinets and other required equipment on site to meet Rio Tinto requirements.

Overall, for this project, Comtech showcased our services through:

  • Engineered design
  • Industry Canada licensing
  • Procurement of licensed radios
  • Technician installations
  • Optimized wireless link
  • 24/7 NOC monitoring and support
  • Ability for technicians to deploy and remedy within two hours

THE RESULTS
Working alongside SaskTel, Comtech delivered a critical wireless solution to Rio Tinto’s remote area mine improving the safety of camp employees as well as increased efficiencies for production.

Year:
2020
Services:
Field Operations, Network Services
Client:
Rio Tinto