The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has launched two new working groups on cybersecurity and the electric mine to create safe and sustainable mines of the future.
The Cybersecurity Working Group aims to help mining stakeholders as they look to design safe, secure, reliable and resilient cybersecurity infrastructure that adheres to regulatory, trust, and privacy best practices.
The group will provide guidance for the industry to access and implement existing solutions, be responsive to the priorities of the industry, and look for projects that will benefit from GMG’s open, collaborative principles and processes.
“As digitalisation increases in our industry, so does the risk of cybersecurity incidents,” says Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations.
“Industry-wide knowledge sharing and collaboration are important for mitigating these risks.”
GMG has recognised that the topic has come up in many existing GMG projects including those on autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and interoperability, with cybersecurity being a high-priority concern among mining stakeholders.
The group will work closely with the Mining and Metals Information Sharing Analysis Centre (MM-ISAC) to collaborate on and identify existing projects and prevent duplication.
The Electric Mine Working Group aims to accelerate the advancement and adoption of electric mining technologies in underground and surface contexts. It will cover all-electric technologies that are replacing those that typically use diesel. Key objectives include developing guidelines and sharing information on using and testing electric technologies and designing electric mines.
GMG’s Managing Director, Heather Ednie, siad the shift toward the electric mine in surface and underground contexts is indicative of the industry’s growing commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and providing safer working environments.
“Previous GMG work on battery electric vehicles in underground mining brought together a community of companies leading the way in developing and adopting electric mining technologies. As these technologies are increasingly used in surface mines, the need to expand the community has become clear,” said Ms Ednie.
This group will work in parallel with the International Commission on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and their Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative to ensure that the initiatives support each other.
Once launched, these groups will form a steering committee to refine the scope and objectives and identify early projects.