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A More Automated Gold Mine

Barrick and Cisco say their sensor-packed system will make mining safer, cleaner, and more efficient
Barrick’s Cortez gold mine in Nevada is being extensively wired for Wi-Fi and data analysis

Surrounded by sagebrush and pinyon pine in a remote part of Nevada, the city of Elko appears out of the desert as if from another era, with its strip of 1960s neon-lit motels and casinos. But down the highway a stretch, the scene is unmistakably 21st century.

Seventy-five miles outside town, Barrick Gold Corp. is a year into the gold mining industry’s most ambitious experiment to modernize digging. At Barrick’s analytics and unified operations center, a long bank of enormous screens and rows of computers analyze data collected from thousands of sensors

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