NewSat Ltd attended the Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum 2012 - a three-day event held at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The mining forum is one of the largest in the region and brings together mining industry professionals, equipment suppliers, engineers, and investors.
Australia’s satellite communications company NewSat was one of the hundreds of exhibitors at the forum. The company showcased its wide array of services for the mining industry, including Internet, data, voice and video conferencing technologies, as well as VSAT systems and wireless backhaul solutions perfect for remote mining locations.
NewSat has been strengthening its presence in the resource sector. It recently secured a teleport contract with Chevron’s Wheatstone Project, one of the largest LNG developments in Western Australia.
The Australian mining construction boom has seen just as many challenges as there are opportunities. Many of the current mining sites are located in remote regions and operational costs are high with miners flying-in and out of the location. Competition is also high among mining companies in retaining the best staff, and employers are looking at new technologies that can assist in better employee welfare.
OUT There Magazine reports on how VSAT satellite technology is changing the employee retention strategies of many mining operators. NewSat Australia is in focus, as it offers high-quality, cost-effective connectivity and expanded bandwidth to support individual platforms for on-site 5-star entertainment for the mining sector.
Aside from delivering internet from satellite to the remote mining locations, satellite communications also provide entertainment platforms like FTA television, Foxtel, and radio connectivity. Keeping workers motivated is key in staff retention in the mining industry, and improved work environments that allow them to connect with the rest of the world even in the remotest locations, are a step in the right direction.
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Satellite solutions not only improve operational efficiency in mining industries, but also reward remote workers with reliable communication avenues that allow them to keep in touch with their family and friends. With more ways for miners to connect with their loved ones, staying is now a viable option.
NewSat’s reliable services also make possible the rise of high-tech villages across various mining sites. Provide your miners with entertainment. Let them connect via Skype. After a long day at work, let high-speed Internet access deliver seamless online media options for recreation. Give them more reasons to stay without compromising the quality of life at the mining sites.
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6 – 8 August 2012
The Goldfields Arts Centre
Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
The Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum will congregate in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia this August, bringing together miners, suppliers and the investment community for Diggers and Dealers’ 20th anniversary year. The mining industry continues to grow, as does Australia’s leadership in the mining sector.
NewSat, will be among the 150 exhibitors at this year’s event. With ongoing focus placed on reducing overhead costs and increasing margins, satellite communications are helping to deliver savings for mine site operations and staff welfare. NewSat deliversfast and reliable Internet, voice, data and video conferencing to remote mining sites, not only increasing operational efficiencies, but also helping mining companies attract and retain the best staff through the provision of 5-star in-room entertainment systems via satellite.
Ashley Neale, James Hamilton and Ron Miller will be attending the forum. If you would like to discuss NewSat’s Teleport, VSAT and satellite capabilities further, please visit us at booth 68 or to book an appointment email email@example.com or call +61 3 9674 4688.
WA’s booming mining economy has resulted in an influx of experienced mining workers, however there is fierce competition to keep the best staff and companies are doing what they can to keep them. One way of doing this is to offer the best conditions and technologies for miners on-site. This is done through satellite technology.
Mining Camp Entertainment Systems are a hot topic in 2011 and R- Group has been working in conjunction with NewSat for over 12 months, supplying communications services through NewSat’s satellite solutions. R-Group has a diverse range of scalable and robust communication services, which are specifically designed for the harsh conditions typically associated with remote locations. NewSat’s high-speed data over satellite enables entertainment and information services for remote mine sites, which rival metropolitan solutions.
R-Group’s latest digital entertainment platform provides 5-star hotel-grade in-room entertainment to the mining sector, currently servicing over 1000 rooms on various mine sites.This entertainment system provides each worker with a secure entertainment platform, which gives them free-to-air TV, pay-per-view movies, Foxtel, radio, room-to-room communications, Internet and company specific announcements.This entertainment system is essential to employee welfare, retention and productivity and can only be provided through satellite communications.
In remote mining regions, it’s especially difficult to make workers stay, since they’re so far off in a mining location and they have no face-to-face contact with their loved ones. There is the fly-in fly-out scheme, however, it’s costly and detrimental especially to smaller companies. This is where technology comes into play. For the past years, we’ve seen how satellite technology has also improved not just industry operations, but also employee retention levels. With the advent of more reliable satellite technology, mining sites can now stay better connected to the rest of the world. This means more reliable avenues of communication between miners and their families. Skyping is now possible. Plus, infotainment is now a possibility. Better connection basically means more opportunities to lessen the stress of working in a remote mining region. This provides an alternative to the FIFO scheme, savings time and money.