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Chilean state copper producer Codelco is set to complete the installation of automated IT systems in its mining complexes by 2016, the company's corporate CIO Marco Orellana told BNamericas.
This year, the company is working to install automated IT systems in its concentrator plants, as well as robotics technology in smelting and refining facilities.
In 2014, Codelco will begin to increase the level of automated IT systems within the mining complexes themselves, he said.
Installing automated IT systems in the mines requires wireless internet coverage to connect intelligent devices, which are then able to monitor environmental conditions and provide automated control of the mine's technological systems and equipment.
This is easier to achieve in open pit mines than underground mines, as it is more challenging to establish a reliable wireless internet signal underground, according to the executive.
Codelco expects to complete the installation of automated IT systems in open pit mines by 2015, with installations in underground mines to be complete by 2016, he added.
In recent years the company has undertaken an IT strategy which involves increasing the use of information technology in productive, as well as administrative, processes.
The full interview with Orellana, in which he discusses Codelco's IT transformation in recent years, will be published in this week's IT Perspectives, for subscribers only.