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Case Study: Barrick Gold

Large mining equipment

Smart mining is safer and more efficient

Barrick Gold partnered with Cisco to unleash the full potential of mining through technology. Its underground Wi-Fi network is paying off big dividends in terms of visibility, safety, and dependability. Now mine operators can see and understand what’s happening in real-time by tracking equipment, people, and ore as they are on the move.


Two mining employees look at a tablet


  • Enhance safety, productivity and efficiency in its mines
  • Unlock the potential of data to build a more collaborative, connected organization
  • Extend and improve the wireless network to cover a 13.5-mile underground tunnel system
Large mining equipment with wi-fi signals


  • Visibility of potential issues like detecting low engine oil pressure saves up to 72 hours of downtime, or a $500,000 engine replacement
  • Using tele-remote and autonomous technology, miners can operate equipment from the surface via remote control
  • Automated drilling has enhanced safety and added between 3-13 additional drilled tons per day
  • Using detailed data, one site gained 33 minutes of active productive time per day, creating a daily throughput gain of 198 tons
Barrick Gold employees talk wearing hard hats

What they're saying

"Harnessing the potential of digital technology will unlock value across our business. In so doing, we will make ourselves into a leading 21st century company—enhancing safety, productivity and efficiency at our mines, and improving decision-making and performance across every area of our business."

John L. Thornton, Executive Chairman, Barrick Gold Corporation
Large-scale mining operation

Who is Barrick Gold?

Industry: Mining
Location: Toronto, Canada
Company Size: 20,000 employees