Canada’s Goldcorp Raises the Bar and Builds the ‘Mine of the Future’

Across Canada, companies are making the incredible happen with the Internet of Everything. This week I am pleased to share another Canadian IoE success story, straight from British Columbia-based Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine in Northern Quebec.

As my colleague Doug Bellin writes on the Cisco blog:

In the Baie-James region of Northern Quebec, Goldcorp has incorporated Cisco’s Connected Mining solution, enabling them to create the ‘Mine of the Future’ at its Éléonore location.

Goldcorp’s connected ‘Mine of the Future’ has sensor networks, command and control rooms, innovation centers for developing next-generation solutions, and six-sigma programs for continuous improvement projects both above and below ground. Every miner and any piece of equipment Goldcorp has under its umbrella can be managed and monitored on a single secure, multiservice IP network.

Developed in a unique partnership with the Cree First Nation, the Éléonore Project has gold reserves of almost five million ounces expected to be retrieved over the next 15-20 years.  According to Guy Belleau, Mine General Manager of Éléonore, this next generation mine was developed from the ground up under Goldcorp’s six pillars: – growing people; safety; partnerships; production; reserves and margins.  Every detail in the mine’s construction considered the comfort & safety of the workforce, its environmental footprint, and the operational productivity of the mine. 

Highlights of Goldcorp’s deployment also include one of the most efficient WiFi underground communications networks in the industry and an innovative SmartEXEC ventilation-on-demand (VOD) system. I encourage you to read Doug’s full post on Goldcorp to learn more about this incredible story.

What do you think about Goldcorp’s mine of the future? Leave a comment below.

About Victor Woo

Victor serves as the GM for the Internet of Things (IoT) for Cisco Canada. As one of Cisco’s top priorities, IoT extends internet technologies to devices within industrial markets (Manufacturing, Utilities, Transportation, Machine to Machine, etc). He currently oversees sales and business development initiatives for IoT related activities within the Canadian marketplace. As a 17 veteran of Cisco, Victor has held previous roles in systems engineering (CCIE 3838) and sales for various markets including banking, public sector, manufacturing, retail, hi tech and service provider. For his achievements in sales excellence, Victor has earned Chairman’s Club Award three times at Cisco - a distinction that is reserved for the top 1.5% performers personifying, customer satisfaction, leadership, teamwork and innovation. Prior to joining Cisco, Victor held positions at Nortel Networks in Product Management and Information Technology. Victor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering and Management Sciences from the University Waterloo. À titre de DG, Victor dirige les initiatives relatives à l'Internet des Objets (IdO) pour Cisco Canada. En tant que l'une des principales priorités de Cisco, l'Internet des Objets prolonge les technologies Internet aux périphériques utilisés dans les marchés industriels (fabrication, services publics, transport, machine à machine, etc.). Il supervise actuellement les initiatives de développement des ventes et des affaires pour les activités liées à l'IdO sur le marché canadien. Fort de 17 années de service chez Cisco, Victor occupait auparavant des fonctions en ingénierie et vente de systèmes (CCIE 3838) dans divers marchés notamment dans le secteur bancaire, le secteur public, le secteur de la fabrication et de la distribution, ainsi que dans le secteur des hautes technologies et des fournisseurs de services. Pour ses réalisations et pour avoir fait preuve d'excellence dans le domaine des ventes, Victor a gagné à trois reprises le Prix du club du président chez Cisco - un honneur réservé au 1,5 % des employés les plus performants personnifiant la satisfaction à la clientèle, l'initiative, le travail d'équipe et l'innovation. Avant de se joindre à Cisco, Victor a œuvré au sein de Nortel Networks dans des postes de gestion de produits et de technologies d'information. Victor détient un diplôme de premier cycle en ingénierie des systèmes et sciences de la gestion de l'université Waterloo.
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