Mining, Oil & Gas

RFI Your Complete Mining Solution

Open Mine Or Underground Communication Solutions

RFI’s mining solutions group is now able to offer a full suite of communications solutions to mines – from radio systems to solar energy and now data networking – both wired and wireless.

• Fibre optic cables & connectors

Digital Drift™ last mile underground networks

• Coaxial cables & connectors

• Radio repeaters

• Antennas – for 2-way radios, telemetry, Wi-Fi & LTE

• Multi-coupling & monitoring systems

• Private LTE distribution systems for tunnels & buildings

• LTE data modems

• Solar energy systems – including panels, storage & inverters

Remote monitoring pipeline upgrade

A major utilities infrastructure provider with almost 30,000km of gas pipelines required a significant upgrade to their SCADA network which utilised Maxon 2G modems and RTU’s for remote monitoring. The challenge of changing the sites from 2G to 3G was a significant one as many of these sites were located in remote areas making access and reliability important factors in their decision. Once the system; which required the use of DNP3 protocol digital, digital and analogue inputs to monitor gas pressure, was developed and tested, Maxon pre-configured each modem and also provided the firmware necessary for final site specific configuration. In addition, Maxon also provided a training program for the technicians to teach them how to integrate the equipment. In addition to product reliability, aiding the final decision was a significant cost saving (approx. $200,000) as a result of using the Maxon solution. This was due to the comms being customised to work with the existing RTU’s – therefore avoiding the need to also replace these RTU’s.

Cadia Mine, Australia

Mining Coverage Solutions- Above and Below Ground

RFI was involved in the system upgrade of an existing P25 digital system at the Cadia Valley Mine in New South Wales.  The upgraded system provided pivotal communications for all radio users – from the radio operator on a hand held radio underground to the heavy vehicle driver operating in and around the mine above ground.

Underground mine coverage

Mining Coverage Solutions - Underground

RFI facilitated the extended VMRS (Voice Mobile Radio System) coverage within the underground areas at a major mineral resources provider in Western Australia. The extended coverage specifically links the communications of the rail car dumpers and a conveyer belt tunnel under the harbour to the Port Hedland terminal and ore transfer stations above ground

Introducing RFI’s 800MHz Corporate Collinear Range

RFI is excited to introduce our leading range of 800MHz Corporate Collinears into the Asia Pacific Region, expanding our extensive base station antenna offering for our APAC customers.

The 800MHz Corporate Collinear series is being launched into Asia due to their technical characteristics being ideally suited to Public safety, utilities and transport solutions in the region. This includes applications that require wide bandwidth, higher power and more channels. The Corporate range’s PIM and PIP ratings plus greater pattern control enabling more predictable coverage from modelling through to implementation/rollout.