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Three Ways Telematics Can Improve Your Mining Operation

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With so much plant and machinery operating at once on a mining site, managing it all is a complex process. This is especially the case on large scale sites where visibility of assets is as difficult as it is important. Whether it’s keeping operators safe or ensuring assets are as productive as possible, the right tools can make all the difference to your business.

That’s where telematics comes in. Here’s why it should be your next big investment.

Get The Complete Picture

The mining industry is cyclical and supply and demand can change rapidly. After the recent lull, the industry is now picking up. Companies that were quick to see the benefits of telematics, are now looking at increased and more sophisticated integration with other technologies for further improvements. For example, large machines often have restricted visibility, so collision avoidance systems will warn the operator of other vehicles or machinery nearby. This minimises the risk of collision, as alerts are sent via telematics to a server for review, while also notifying the operators in the cab. Forward-facing cameras can provide valuable insight into any incidents or any areas of concern for operators, ensuring drivers are safe and protected and giving you the insights to make improvements.

Maximise Assets More Effectively

Telematics can help manage your everyday operations to keep everything running smoothly within your site, from available resources to real-time locations of assets.

Monitoring haul cycles helps mine managers to address delays and make real-time adjustments. Information from telematics indicate where delays are likely to occur based on fleet data, which can be addressed immediately

Mining sites rely heavily on mobile light towers, but they can be a costly resource when staff needs to visit and manually check each one. GPS tracking allows the remote management of towers, with data such as fuel level, engine data and light status sent live to the server. Not only can units can be set to switch on and off automatically, but visits to towers are done only when refuelling and maintenance is needed.

WH&S: Help Run A Safer Site

Connecting your assets and operators together creates better communication, making the site a safer place to work in. Alerts tell operators the status of a parked vehicle in their vicinity and if that vehicle’s operator is still in it. Operator facing cameras monitor for signs of fatigue or distraction, alerts are sent via GPS tracking so a decision can be made whether the operator needs a break or is able to continue.

It’s never been a better time to start thinking about how technology can help improve your business. With the visibility you need, telematics mine your data and deliver results so you can focus on delivering on your projects.

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