World’s Largest Belaz Unmanned Trucks Deploy 5G

Belarus based automotive company Belaz has deployed 5G for its unmanned dump trucks and have begun working at a test site in the town of Zhodino. The test zone has been created by infrastructure operator beCloud, Belaz and VIST Group (part of ZYFRA Group). The trucks deploy a 5G autonomous network along with the LTE-Advanced Pro network, and the solution has been deployed at the has been deployed at the Belaz plant that makes the world’s largest trucks.

The 5G equipment were installed on two heavy trucks – a pit truck and a loader. The standard technologies used (NR and LTE-Advanced Pro) have enabled VIST Group technicians to test unmanned vehicle control, as well as the operation of dump trucks in robot mode .

For autonomous vehicles, a system that scans and analyses the nuances of the geological situation should transmit information with a minimal delay time. The beCloud specialists have now managed to reduсe the response time of the equipment to 10-11 ms (milliseconds), which is less than the achieved in the 4G network but more than expected in future 5G networks. beCloud experts are continuing to fine-tune the equipment and optimize communication channels to achieve the best performance. Testing of fifth generation technology will assess its capabilities for effective application in the field of engineering and unmanned vehicles. The plan is to create a technological solution that operates successfully on an industrial scale.

The Belaz robotic dump trucks are the key element of the Intelligent Mine complex, which is being implemented by the VIST Group at enterprises in the mining industry. The project involves unmanned robotic dump trucks, cargo transport and high-precision satellite navigation technologies. This is a set of digital technologies for the management of open-pit production processes based on robotic loading and transport systems, as well as industry solutions in the fields of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

The minimal presence of people at the mining site boosts the efficiency and safety of the operations, including in remote regions, and helps to compensate for the shortage of qualified personnel. The project also aims to reduce fuel and operating costs.

VIST Group is an industry leader in the development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining, metal and other enterprises. In strategic partnership with Finnish-Russian ZYFRA Group, the company is also developing Artiificial Intelligence and Industrial Internet of Things based solutions for heavy industries. It currently has operations in Kazakhstan, Russia, Morocco, South Africa, Indonesia, Mongolia, Iran, Vietnam, Chile and Peru.

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