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Minetec Introduces ELF II Software-Defined Communications Infrastructure: Increases Data Throughput at Three Times the Speed for

  Minetec Introduces ELF II Software-Defined Communications Infrastructure:
  Increases Data Throughput at Three Times the Speed for Mining Operations

Business Wire

PERTH, Australia -- November 26, 2013

Minetec, a division of  Codan Limited (ASX:CDA), has introduced ELF™ II
(Ethernet-over-Leaky Feeder), a software-defined communications infrastructure
providing high speed data throughput and capacity for underground mining
communications management and operations. Data throughput has been increased
from 20 to more than 60 megabytes per second in ELF™ II  surpassing
conventional systems by more than three times the speed.

Minetec Introduces ELF(TM) II Software-Defined Communications Infrastructure;
Increases Data Through ...

Minetec Introduces ELF(TM) II Software-Defined Communications Infrastructure;
Increases Data Throughput at Three Times the Speed for Mining Operations.
(Photo: Business Wire)

“The increased data throughput in ELF™ II has been introduced to address the
needs of complex mining operations to support high data rate applications from
the working face to the rest of the mine, including but not limited to video,
SCADA, telemetry and mine management applications,” said Andy Sheppard,
executive general manager, Minetec. “The ELF™ II infrastructure has been
operating successfully in commissioned systems and is now available to the
broader mining community.”

A number of mines worldwide have commissioned ELF™ II  in South America, Papua
New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia. “All new Minetec customers will receive
the ELF™ II infrastructure moving forward, and existing Minetec customers can
upgrade to the new software-defined architecture,” added Sheppard.

The Minetec ELF™ II (Ethernet over leaky feeder) supports full voice, Ethernet
and IP-based connectivity over previously installed leaky feeder-based, voice
communication systems. ELF™ II is able to provide seamless upgrade over these
systems through ‘swap & drop’, Power-on-Equipment (POE) and advanced
diagnostics capabilities. ELF™ II can also interface to fiber-optic and
RF-based technologies through its Access Point (AP) capabilities. In addition
to integration with third-party technologies, ELF™ II coupled with powerful
mining applications developed by Minetec are rapidly becoming a standard in
mining operation including SMARTS™, SafeDetect ™ and the Trax+Tags™ II
tracking system. Together, these Minetec solutions provide a comprehensive,
enterprise-wide solution for underground mining operations.

Minetec Pty Ltd, (Willetton, Western Australia), is part of the Codan Group of
companies. Founded in 2000, Minetec quickly established itself as a service
partner to the mining industry, and has grown rapidly into a trusted
technology provider delivering safety and productivity-based products to serve
the critical needs and requirements of underground and surface mining
operations. An acknowledged leader in hard-rock underground mining, Minetec
has expanded this expertise to address the needs of aboveground, open cut
mining. Minetec supports products through integrated project engineering,
delivery and life cycle services and maintenance.

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Contact:

Minetec
Susan Sheppard
Marketing and Communications Consultant
susan.sheppard@minetec.com.au
or
Andy Sheppard, +61 419 099 497
Executive General Manager
 
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