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Komatsu has partnered with Telstra to enhance its automation and cloud solution in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

The multi-million-dollar partnership, which did not reveal its price, will enhance Komatsu’s control and visibility of its network and infrastructure to enhance the productive, performance and end-user experiences of its customers.

To enable this transformation, Telstra will upgrade Komatsu’s network capacity and add 4G back-up to its remote Australian sites, including Emerald, Whyalla and Kalgoorlie.

Komatsu chief executive officer and managing director Sean Taylor said the partnership will bolster the company’s innovation and technology.

“In 2021 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Komatsu,” he said.

“We work with our customers to develop innovations in machine automation and guidance – including autonomous and semi-automatic operation and technology solutions to increase efficiency, safety and productivity in project management; and ground-breaking hybrid engine systems that significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases.

“We are always looking to modernise the way we do things, and technology and communication is a critical area we need to continue to evolve to be a leader in our industry.”

The partnership will move Komatsu to a consumption-based private cloud model that will use hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN) technology built and delivered by Telstra Purple.

“We have delivered cloud solutions for Komatsu since 2010 and have been able to work together to evolve Komatsu’s infrastructure as technology has changed. The new platform uses the best technology available that allows Komatsu to stay at the forefront of its industry,” Telstra Purple executive Chris Smith said.

“When you have mining equipment and business-critical applications transmitting huge volumes of data in real time, the criticality of both the infrastructure and the network, and how they work together, cannot be underestimated.”