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Transforming the Copper Industry

Howard Charney, Cisco’s senior vice president, visited Chile last week to participate as a key note speaker at the IT Codelco seminar, where key technology providers analyzed and discussed with the Codelco management team how technology and innovation is helping to solve some of the challenges of the mining industry in Chile and how to multiply its productivity. Codelco is the main copper producer in the world, and the event took place in Calama city, where the Chuquicamata and Radomiro Tomic mines are located.

During his presentation Howard Charney talked about “IT Trends and their Impact on Business and Society” describing the impact of ICT on development, productivity and quality of life. “The smart world is about the total diffusion of IP – not just to people but to places and things. Codelco is obviously a brilliant example of that. You are pioneers in GPS and RFID, mobile applications, wireless technologies, robotics, video, and virtualization.  Well, going forward that kind of sophistication is going to become widespread in every sector of the economy”, said Charney.

Charney visited the Radomiro Tomic mine, which has actually been merged with Chuquicamata, becoming the biggest open pit mines of the world. The mine uses a Cisco Wireless Mesh solution to connect and centrally manage its operations.

Howard describes, on site at the Radomiro Tomic mine, how information technology is increasing the efficiency of its operations:


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