PIMM, Pilot for Industrial Mobile Communication in Mining


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Improved productivity and efficiency in production is the key for continued leadership in Swedish industry in all production disciplines. The ongoing digital revolution and the ability to incorporate new mobile communication into production systems will further improve competitive advantage for Swedish industry.

The PIMM project, Pilot for Industrial Mobile communication in Mining, will push the limits for state of the art in the combination of new mobile communication technologies and heavy industrial mining environment. The project will also result in business models for involved stakeholders in installation and operation of the infrastructure, gain in productivity, maintenance and safety. Several use cases will be demonstrated, among them automation, supervision and remote control of heavy machinery.

Project goal

Technology and business model have been assessed for an industry pilot with mobile communication for increased productivity and improved safety in mining applications.

Project results and deliverables

The project will develop mobile technology for heavy industrial applications in mining applications.


  • Use case descriptions and non-functional requirements on mobile infrastructure in heavy industrial applications related to mining.
  • Report matching use cases’ requirements to 4G and 5G technology evolution.
  • Tests and assessment of applications on base level for communication, operation and safety, as well as on advanced level for automation and remote control, running over state-of-the-art mobile communication infrastructure installed in a Boliden mine. D4. Report about stakeholders, roles and business models related to mobile infrastructure in industrial applications.
  • Analysis of usage of pilot installations and recommendation about industrialization

Key Technologies

Within the project there are a large number of technologies involved, below four key technologies have been selected that are identified to be critical for the success of the project and they are also in focus for what will be developed in the project.

  1. Industrial mobile access network
  2. Industrial mobile core network
  3. Access point deployment for closed environment
  4. Robust quality-of-service based communication for automation


Sweden and, in general, in Sweden active industries will benefit from the project by taking the lead in the industry digitalization by having the global initiative in the infrastructure for the process and manufacturing industry. By increasing maturity for wireless cellular communication technologies in mining operations the project will be an important innovation step for providing new solutions to the industry enabling improved increased competitiveness.


The project partners will benefit from the project by:

Knowledge about possibilities and gain in daily operation enabled by state of the art mobile communication systems and related business models.
Benchmark for technology and a set of representative use cases and requirements for heavy industrial applications and environments. Business models for mobile technology and operations in industrial applications.
Knowledge about ICT integrated process automation solutions, interfacing data via mobile networks for equipment and machinery. Business models for ICT process automation solutions.
Increased domain knowledge in the digitalization context as well as understanding the related business models.
Volvo Construction Equipment
Knowledge and experience of data links via mobile networks for real time control.
System knowledge for wireless communication in heavy commercial applications.
Luleå University of Technology
Increased domain knowledge and understanding of mobile communication in closed environments.
Based on defined use cases, knowledge about industry value drivers especially in relation to process automation and digitalization. Business models to support value propositions. Knowledge about technology, network and other capabilities needed to support defined use cases.