NORCAT, which specializes in development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, has announced a five-year strategic relationship with Rogers Communications to establish the Rogers Technology Centre of Excellence at the NORCAT Underground Centre near Sudbury, Ont.
The new centre is expected to increase efficiency, safety and productivity in the global mining industry and will use Rogers 5G through a dedicated Wireless Private Network and accelerate adoption of new technologies.
Rogers Wireless Private Networks will help the NORCAT Underground Centre to develop, test and demonstrate scalable technologies such as tele-remote and autonomous operations, industrial IoT, asset tracking, and drone mapping among many other use cases, indicates a release.
Rogers will add a new 5G cell site and uplift an existing cell tower on its public network to bring 5G coverage to the centre. It will also deliver 5G connectivity to multiple communities in the northern region of the City of Greater Sudbury.
“As part of our commitment to driving leading-edge innovation within mining, construction and other industrial sectors, our collaboration with NORCAT and the launch of the Rogers Technology Centre of Excellence will foster unique opportunities to engage with likeminded organizations and emerging technology companies,” said Tom Turner, president, Rogers Business, in a statement. “With this important investment, we will enable Canadian and global customers and partners, to develop, validate and implement their industrial automation ideas right here in Canada.”