Newmont Mining Drives 24/7 Productivity with Exalt Microwave Backhaul Systems
200 Mbps Ethernet backhaul links transport mine control and operational data 365 days per year for major gold producer
CAMPBELL, Calif., April 19, 2011 – Exalt Communications today announced that Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM), one of the world’s leading gold producers, has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to support round-the-clock operations at its Phoenix mine near Battle Mountain, Nevada. This deployment is in addition to other deployments of Exalt systems at Newmont Mining operations in Australia, Ghana, Indonesia, and the United States.
At the Phoenix mine, Newmont Mining worked with Exalt partner KNS Communications of Denver, Colorado, to plan and install Exalt microwave backhaul systems. The Exalt systems provide a 200 megabits-per-second (Mbps) Ethernet backbone that delivers computer-aided dispatch, traffic management, and inventory tracking information to radio systems on board each of the trucks, drills, shovels, loaders, and other equipment at the mine. In addition, the Exalt systems carry video surveillance, IP telephony, power usage monitoring, and other information from mine facilities to the site office, and they also provide a backup link for a fiber connection to another Newmont Mining office 59 miles away in Carlin, Nevada.
“Our safe production depends on the fast and reliable flow of control and monitoring information throughout our facility,” said Al Smith, senior communications technician at Newmont Mining. “The Exalt microwave backhaul systems have been totally reliable. They are always ready to step in and give us a fiber-quality, high-performance connection.”
“Mines represent enormous commitments of capital and resources, but productivity is affected if the control and information network goes down,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “With Exalt systems, customers can take full advantage of both fiber and microwave technologies to deploy a hybrid fiber/microwave network architecture with the reliability, reach, and flexibility they require – and without trade-offs in network performance.”
The Exalt Microwave Backhaul Product Portfolio
All Exalt microwave backhaul systems – indoor, outdoor, and split-mount – offer guaranteed link availability, guaranteed throughput and low, constant latency. Systems are available in world bands from 2 to 43 GHz and in capacities from 10 Mbps to more than 1000 Mbps per channel, providing a range of options to fit countless network applications. Designed to enable a smooth transition to IP, they offer native support for both TDM and Ethernet, and are fully software configurable and upgradeable. For easy and secure management using third-party network management systems, Exalt systems support SNMP v1, v2c and v3. Data security is provided by available FIPs 197-compliant AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption that adds zero latency to the transmission. To simplify installation and maintenance, all Exalt systems feature an embedded manual and most include a built-in spectrum analyzer.
About Exalt Communications
Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP- based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines. www.exaltcom.com