The pace of digital technology implementation and innovation is quickening throughout the industry. Here’s a quick scan of what leading producers, suppliers and service providers are doing.

The speed, volume, quality, and nature of information collected and distributed over mine data networks is evolving at a rate that more closely resembles speed-of-light rather than speed-of-business — which in itself is a fast-lane traveler on the technological highway. At one end of the data spectrum, it’s now routine for a major mining operation to receive as much as five terabytes of equipment health and performance data daily from each of its large mining trucks. At the other end, it’s also technically possible for mine management to quickly determine the physical status of workers in remote or extreme environments from real-time sweat-analysis data collected by a wearable sensor.

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