Raw cobalt travels on a conveyor belt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Chinese mine managers are able to closely oversee operations and collect real-time data using a range of hi-tech innovations, including AI, smart sensors and high-speed communication. Photo: AFP
Raw cobalt travels on a conveyor belt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Chinese mine managers are able to closely oversee operations and collect real-time data using a range of hi-tech innovations, including AI, smart sensors and high-speed communication. Photo: AFP
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Chinese using a mobile phone in Beijing effectively manage cobalt mines in Africa by remote control: study

  • Driven to secure cobalt supplies for EV production, China uses smart sensors, high-speed communication tech and live streams to control DRC mines
  • Real-time monitoring sends data to Beijing, with an alert sounded if any unauthorised person approaches or tampers with it

Raw cobalt travels on a conveyor belt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Chinese mine managers are able to closely oversee operations and collect real-time data using a range of hi-tech innovations, including AI, smart sensors and high-speed communication. Photo: AFP
Raw cobalt travels on a conveyor belt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Chinese mine managers are able to closely oversee operations and collect real-time data using a range of hi-tech innovations, including AI, smart sensors and high-speed communication. Photo: AFP
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