As the IAEA conducted its interview, missile teams from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) carried out inspections at five separate sites: Al Fida Company, which is involved in the maintenance of the Al Samoud 2 missile launcher; Ibn Al Haythm, which is involved in the manufacture and assembly of the Al Samoud 2 missile; Al Samoud Factory, which fabricates Al Samoud 2 missile components; Al Mamoun, which manufactures solid propellant rocket motors and a location of field deployment of Al Samoud 2 missiles.”The teams continued to verify the number and location of Al Samoud 2-related items and to tag relevant items,” spokesman Hiro Ueki said.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team returned to Al Mutanna and continued the process of destroying the artillery shells filled with mustard gas. A second chemical team inspected two sites – Al Rasheed and Al Mamoun, both located in Baghdad – belonging to the State Establishment for Vegetable Oils.An UNMOVIC biological team inspected the College of Agriculture, the College of Sciences, and the College of Engineering, all located on the campus of Tikrit University in Tikrit, 160 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. Subsequently, the team inspected the College of Women Education at Tikrit University and a dairy factory, both located in south Tikrit, Mr. Ueki reported.In the capital, an UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected the Ibn Al Waleed State Company, a factory specialized in the repair and maintenance of military vehicles.As for the IAEA, one team inspected the Al-Feda’a hydraulics factory and the manufacturing, storage and repair facility for the State Company of Mechanical and Electrical Contracts, located south of Baghdad. A second IAEA team inspected Al Zawraa, an electronics company, while a third performed a car-borne radiation survey in an area 25 to 60 kilometres east of Baghdad.In other news, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the humanitarian oil-for-food operation, reported that Iraqi oil exports for the week ending 14 February totalled 11.4 million barrels for an estimated value of $315 million.
Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerOhio State handed down a semester-long suspension to redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson on Monday.OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media the athletic department had no control over the decision, and he and the staff “disagree” with the decision.During the weekly Big Ten coaches’ teleconference, Meyer offered clarity into Gibson’s future at OSU.“I believe that’s the plan (for him to return),” Meyer said. “This all just happened in the last week, so we’re still dealing with it.”Gibson came into OSU ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015. He has now missed his first two seasons at OSU due to injury and a suspension. The Buckeyes only have six graduating seniors currently on scholarship, and as it stands, the 2017 recruiting class for OSU has 18 commitments, not including freshman punter Drue Chrisman, who is currently paying his own way.If Chrisman were to go on scholarship, that would put OSU 13 scholarships over the NCAA’s 85 football-scholarship limit in 2017, meaning a combination of 13 Buckeyes currently on scholarship or incoming freshmen will not be on scholarship next season.And one can bet that OSU will continue to pursue several recruits before national signing day in February.If Gibson were to transfer, a scholarship would open up for OSU to use next season.However, OSU invested many hours in the recruitment of Gibson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound, wide receiver proved to create matchup problems for opposing cornerbacks, as evident by his spring game performance.Meyer said he has communicated with Gibson since his suspension. The Buckeyes has had “zero indication” that Gibson will leave the program indefinitely. Meyer believes he will return for spring semester.“His focus is to be the best Buckeye he can possibly be,” Meyer said.
Mosaic’s Four Corners phosphate mine and facility span 60,000 acres at the crossroads of the Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee and Polk counties in Florida. This location is its largest centre of operation for mining and processing phosphates as well as the most complex, with multiple-critical applications that must run simultaneously to maximise efficiency.Prior to installing a Rajant kinetic mesh network, Four Corners operated on a rudimentary mesh network. Running at about 900 MHz, its standard point-to-point radios had very low bandwidth and were spaced as far as a mile apart from one another, resulting in frequent network communication breaks, which slowed operations and delayed phosphate production. Additionally, Four Corners’ phosphate production is dependent upon draglines, which are constantly moving and come with a high capital cost. Actively monitoring dragline operations via ruggedised cameras can minimise costs and user error, but with its low-bandwidth network, Mosaic Four Corners could only support two cameras, making it difficult to pinpoint problems or failing procedures.Ivan Hartley, Mosaic Four Corners’ on-site electrical and automation supervisor, had higher hopes for the mesh system and saw it as a major factor in the mine’s continued success due to the productivity gains it could yield. Believing that Mosaic could do more to leverage the capabilities of a mesh network, Hartley began to seek a way to modernise the network, improve automation and productivity within the mine.To improve the Four Corners communication network, Mosaic partnered with Rapid Systems, a full-service provider of wireless solutions. “Mosaic Four Corners is a complex environment because of its large size and infrastructure. It was imperative that we install a resilient wireless network that could support multiple mobile applications without a break,” said Dustin Jurman, CEO of Rapid Systems.To update Four Corners’ previous mesh network, Rapid Systems leveraged Rajant’s kinetic mesh network. With this type of wireless network, there is no static infrastructure; each radio, or node, serves as singular infrastructure, which enables all devices and the network itself to be mobile – a critical component in a mining facility, where vehicles and equipment are constantly on the move. It employs multiple radio frequencies and any-node-to-any-node capabilities to continuously and instantly transmit data in real time via the best available traffic path and frequency.Because there is no central control node – and thus no single point of failure – routes are built automatically, and are evaluated for quality and performance with every received and sent packet. If a certain path becomes unavailable for any reason – due to power loss to a piece of equipment, for example – nodes on the network use an alternate route to deliver data.This allows the network to adapt to node location, local interference and congestion dynamically, eliminating downtime even in the most rugged conditions. All infrastructure components give and get real-time information, enabling an end-to-end view of mining operations and allowing timely analysis and decision-making. The network can be redeployed in multiple ways simply and easily by repositioning the nodes.Jurman and his team optimised operations by using Rajant’s network and its BreadCrumb nodes to prevent the mine’s former frequent breakdowns in network communication. “A big challenge was integrating the kinetic mesh network without disrupting the existing radio network and applications we already had in place. We called on Rajant to help us optimise our processes and generate higher yields,” Hartley said. When Mosaic initially tested Rajant’s network for production control, Hartley quickly saw an increase in efficiency and phosphate production. “Rajant’s network functioned even better than we expected,” he said. “With an updated wireless network, we were able to add more functionality to our pumping systems, make remote program changes and create better processes.”As Rapid Systems continued to work in the mines, it discovered more ways to innovate and improve the communications infrastructure. Following the initial installation, Rapid Systems, Hartley and Four Corners mesh radio technician Steve Jones integrated and optimised additional radios, most at approximately 20 ft high and directly attached to automation devices, which allow mine technicians like Jones to access them quickly and service them more easily. Some 192 BreadCrumb (58 LX4, 120 LX5, and 14 JR2 models) now comprise Mosaic’s Four Corners network, giving operators the opportunity to constantly create new applications without compromising its existing network and applications.Once Mosaic Four Corners had a structured wireless network in place, it deployed – and now operates concurrently – a multitude of new applications, including a company intranet, VoIP phones and video monitoring systems for dragline excavators. “The use of video, in particular, has been extremely helpful in our operations,” Hartley said. “We have implemented highly functioning command centres with detailed dashboards that allow us to monitor even our mobile gear such as draglines and pit cars, ensuring that nothing ever sits idle to maximise productivity.”“Ivan and his team are continually innovating and improving their processes, which makes Mosaic Four Corners a unique mining site. The opportunities to add value are endless,” Jurman said. Hartley noted that the Rajant radios were easy to work with. “Even a technician with little experience can replace a radio quickly and easily, and, if it’s moved, reconfigure or repoint the radio antennas,” he said. Jones is the mine’s go-to mesh expert and assists with new layouts as needed. Perhaps most importantly for mining operations, Rajant’s network has allowed Mosaic to create and install new applications that aid in the company’s commitment to safety.Wireless information transmitted via the network enables continuous tracking and monitoring of key performance indicators. Static and mobile devices placed at strategic locations help operators track miners and maintain computerised attendance. This monitoring equipment not only improves productivity, but also reduces the risk of failures and warns miners of adverse conditions and equipment malfunctions. In the event of a failure, the equipment contributes to a speedy repair operation.Mosaic expects to have more than 200 Rajant wireless network radios by the end of 2016. Its mines have been running on kinetic mesh networks for five years now, and Wingate, another mine in the Mosaic network, is now beginning to fully utilise the mesh network by adopting the same network configurations as the Four Corners mine with the help of a technician trained by Hartley and Jones.