Article published in World Mining Frontiers, issue 3, 2014
DAMM Cellular Systems is a world-leading provider of scalable, user-friendly and costeffective TETRA digital radio infrastructure systems to industrial, commercial and public safety customers. Dedicated to mining and with a strong focus on meeting customer needs, the company is trusted by industry leaders worldwide.
With more than 30 years’ experience at the forefront of professional radio communication, DAMM Cellular Systems leads the development of TETRA technology through superior engineering and a constant focus on user-friendly solutions. DAMM TetraFlex® systems are built on a 100% IP-based platform, and offers outdoor and indoor base stations, as well as integrated software. Using state-of-the-art distributed network architecture, the intelligent TetraFlex® software makes adding capacity or extending network range a simple plug-and-play process. Featuring full modularity and an intuitive user interface, the TetraFlex® system is extremely quick to deploy and easy to operate, minimising total cost of ownership.
From pit to port secured for FMG
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in Australia is one of the world’s largest iron ore mining and export companies, and also runs its own railway leading to Port Hedland. In mining, rail and port applications, TetraFlex® has proved itself to be cost-effective and outstandingly reliable.
FMG has implemented DAMM TetraFlex® systems to support the company’s entire Western Australia mining and rail transportation operation. Installations delivered for FMG include Port Hedland, Christmas Creek Mine, Solomon Mine and the company’s rail operations – all in one network.
Save operational costs
The TetraFlex® Outdoor Base Station offers extremely low power consumption, and with the IP65-encapsulation, it eliminates the needs for air conditioned housing. It is ideal for tower mounting in harsh environments, and the extremely low power consumption means it can easily run on solar power saving costs every day.
Offering full redundancy and intelligent distributed architecture, TetraFlex® provides operation-critical communications to support the company’s daily business and worker safety.
Intelligent distributed architecture in action
FMG’s rail and mining infrastructure benefits significantly from this distributed architecture. The company’s rail network includes the main 300km route, as well as a 130km branch line. There are 25 nodes in the rail corridor alone and, thanks to the low power consumption, many of them are run on solar power.
The total FMG solution connects all areas of its mining, rail and even port operations in a single network. As well as extremely stable and clear voice communication, the company’s employees also benefit from reliable data communication. This enables many routine tasks to be carried out in the field, improving efficiency and productivity.
Future-proof solutions in critical communication
The TetraFlex® solution for FMG is only one among hundreds of successful projects that have proved the durability and cost-effectiveness of DAMM solutions under the toughest working conditions.
TetraFlex is 100% IP-based and comes complete with outdoor or indoor base stations and comprehensive features, as well as an integrated software such as network management, voice and data recording and full dispatch applications. An open API enables seamless integration into third-party systems. DAMM offers high-capacity, rack-based indoor base stations and rugged, compact IP65-encapsulated outdoor base stations that can be installed in any combination.
TetraFlex® bridges seamlessly to analogue and LTE
Need a soft migration from analogue? coverage extension? or data capacity for videos and pictures? DAMM has the solutions and experience to cover your critical radio and broadband communication needs.