20 September 2018
When thinking of fibre optics, many will consider their use in lightning-fast broadband connections that allow users to swiftly connect to the Internet. But fibre optic capability extends far beyond entertainment and technology. It has a large part to play within the mining sector that delivers the components able to build computer, televisions and mobile phones.
Thanks to their quick delivery and sensors, fibre optics have a huge role within the industrial sector, particularly in mining, as they are able play the part of an all-seeing eye, able to deliver important information about operations from a mine site back to the control centre.
With this unique capability, fibre optics play a big part in Anglo American’s ongoing operations:
Fibre optics are crucial to the delivery of the Waterless Mine. Mining is heavily dependent on water, which is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. To cut down on our water usage and align with our FutureSmart MiningTM Sustainability Strategy pillar of maintaining a healthy environment, we envision a fully waterless mine of the future, and fibre optics will have a key role to play in that.