Russian coal miner Raspadskaya deployed an Orange Business Services truck traffic control system at a preparation plant. The solution was adopted to minimize coal grade mixing.

The solution uses outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots, telemetry sensors and real-time tracking systems. Transport tags go on the trucks, which are detected by the sensors located around the site and tracked by the system. The system directs the trucks to the different unloading bays based on the grade of coal they are hauling.

The system effectively and efficiently automates the control of the loading zone, removing the risk of human error, the mine said. “The digitalization of these types of processes guarantees the highest possible quality of coal products and reduces costs by reducing manpower requirements,” said Alexey Chervyakov, director, labor protection, Raspadskaya.

The project proves the viability of the system, Orange Business Services said. “Our work with Raspadskya shows how connected objects can be a game changer for an enterprise, increasing operational efficiency, and providing real, tangible business value,” said Richard van Wageningen, senior vice president, Orange Business Services.

PAO Raspadskaya is a subsidiary of EVRAZ.