Inmarsat, Atlantic Bridge & Civic for IoT in Global Mining Sector
Computer Weekly reported that mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has forged a partnership with equity firm Atlantic Bridge and cloud software developer Civic Connect to form Insight Terra, a company designed to respond to the risk management and environmental monitoring needs of mining organizations worldwide. Insight Terra will set out to provide an integrated end-to-end data management solution, built around three core elements, for the mining sector. These encompass an edge-based data ingestion, validation and aggregation from sensors, historians and other data sources; Inmarsat’s global, all-weather L-band satellite connectivity to ensure real-time data transfer from the mine site to the cloud-based Insight Platform; and the Insight Platform to curate and validate data to make it available in real-time on a customizable dashboard.
While monitoring mine tailings is a key focus initially, the solution will be used to support environmental and infrastructure monitoring use cases more broadly in mining, including water management and pit wall stability.
Outside of the mining sector, use cases for geo-hazard monitoring and risk management in adjacent sectors include freshwater reservoirs, hydroelectric dams, landslide monitoring and other critical infrastructure monitoring.
The new company builds on the Tailings Insight integrated internet of things (IoT) solution developed by Inmarsat and Civic Connect, which uses IoT sensors and cloud-based analytics to monitor the integrity of mine tailings facilities in real-time, and the cloud-based Insight Platform – the technology that underpins the solution – resulting from a two-year collaboration between Inmarsat and Civic Connect.