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21 March, 2017 - 12:43 By Kate Sweeney

PowerTrunk taps into North American gold mine

PowerTrunk Inc., part of the Sepura Group in Cambridge, has burrowed deeper into lucrative gold mine territory in North America.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has significantly expanded its TETRA radio communications network, including the addition of specialised data applications to its operations at the Meliadine gold project, near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada.

Agnico Eagle recently announced that its Meliadine gold project, located in the low Arctic of Northern Canada, had received approval from its board to start construction.

The project has now shifted into full development mode and the additional personnel and activity will mean an increase in communications traffic and security procedures which need to be applied.

“While initially as a single site PowerTrunk-T infrastructure, the TETRA network at Meliadine has grown to add hot-standby redundancy, a total of five site base stations (SBS), and an additional mast-mounted base station (MBS) for rapid deployable operations or for use in specific areas during construction and operation,” said David Torres, senior VP sales at PowerTrunk.

“The mine also extended TETRA coverage to include their underground operations over a standard UHF leaky feeder system. By the summer, AEM expects to have about 500 radios in use and that every light and heavy equipment vehicle (pick-up trucks, drills, scoops, loaders, forklifts, graders, jumbos) will have an IP67 rated mobile radio installed.”

Mining operations will also add GPS tracking and two custom-built Short Data Applications (SDA) to run on their digital portable radios for Blast Notice and for Stench Gas Release request.

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