Huawei on February 09, 2021, opened the new Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. This Lab is unlocked by the People’s Government of Shanxi Province, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Jinneng Holding Group, and Shanxi Cloud Era Technology Co. Ltd.
The main agenda of this lab is to help coal mines in Shanxi Province, reduce staffing for high-risk positions, increase efficiency, and improve intrinsic safety by exploring new uses of ICT technologies including wireless industrial control networks, industrial optical ring networks, and cloud computing.
As per the data, this lab includes a staff of 220 ICT and coal mining experts, seeking to make breakthroughs in areas such as information networks, automation enablement, intelligent sensing technologies, and big data generated by coal mines, as well as related ecosystem collaboration opportunities.
Alongside this, Huawei also signed individual strategic partnership agreements with Jinneng Holding Group and Shanxi Cloud Era Technology Co., Ltd., to explore duplicable technology models, application modules, standards systems, and talent cultivation, among other areas.
Huawei plans to use the Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab as a place to continue innovating with partners and making breakthroughs in technologies that can be used in mining pits, including self-cleaning cameras, low-frequency wireless transmission, and risk prediction technologies. These will support robot utilization in key scenarios and unmanned operations in select areas. This lab ultimately aims to help Shanxi’s mines reduce staffing in fully mechanized and intelligent mining scenarios by 60% and the number of workers going down to mining pits each shift by 10% to 20%.