Geofencing in the mining/resources and logistics industries

Based on a report from PWC last year, the swiftness of technology advancement is astounding, with emerging technologies rapidly maturing and being deployed within the workforce. This is particularly true in the case of wearables and the impact they will continue to have across enterprise environments.

Amongst other key trends, the GeoMoby tech is very well positioned for leveraging both beacons and geofencing opportunities:

  • The implementation of beacon technology in the workplace will demonstrate how heavy machinery and workers can be further supported by smarter technology. Beacons allow for device interaction based on proximity, for instance by communicating with a nearby smartphone application. Beacons can also house sensors to capture and transmit data, which can help to track and manage minor and major safety-related interactions undertaken by workers and machinery. A grid of beacons can be used along with fingerprinting and calibration in order to provide an accurate positioning system both indoors, outdoors and even underground.
  • The emergence of Geofencing technology may be heavily utilised in hazardous work environments. For instance, the technology can be used to create a virtual barrier to help prevent workers and machinery from coming into contact with known hazards. As it matures, there will undoubtedly be many applications for this technology to aid in worker’s safety.
Geofencing in Mining

Geofencing in Mining

How easy it is:

1. System admins use satellite maps to determine geofence or microfence boundaries

2. Geofences can be made by dropping pins and dragging lines to achieve appropriate shape

3. Geofences are live in real-time and our technology starts monitoring assets, devices, workers…

3. The technology increases safety and productivity on construction sites, warehouses, underground mining…

By integrating your mobility strategy with the overall business strategy, you will be well positioned to take advantage of the seismic shift that is transforming the way customers and staff communicate and do business. Executives should consider how digital products can be used strategically within their businesses to improve safety outcomes, reduce costs and ultimately improve the performance of their company.

Improves Safety outcomes and reduce costs

Automate the surveillance of dangerous areas by adding geofences that limit access to recently blasted areas, areas with dangerous gases, unsecure areas etc. Simplify your permission access such as limiting the access for personnel to certain areas. Minimise the time for evacuation by determine the best emergency escape routes when there is an accident and send this information to personnel at the right locations. Analyse past incidents and learn from your mistakes!

Increases Production Efficiency

Keep track of what is happening in the mine in real-time. Whenever trouble is identified, you can take the proper measures in order to minimise the downtime or to avoid bottlenecks.

In conjunction with Telematics

Telematics is the integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the science of sending, receiving, and storing information relating to mobile objects — such as vehicles, persons — via GPS, Wi-Fi and telecommunication devices.

In a quarry environment, a geofence can allow managers to compare how long it takes individual operators to move between the quarry face and the primary crusher. It might show that one driver takes 10 minutes to travel between the loadout area in the pit and the primary hopper, while another takes 13. Breaking that information down over the course of a shift, the slower driver is taking fewer trips a day, which leads to lower production rates and higher operation costs.

Geofencing with telematics can provide additional benefits beyond tracking equipment’s whereabouts. As a tool for security, an administrator can be alerted if machinery starts up after hours, and also show where the equipment has moved. It can work to keep machinery out of certain zones — such as hazardous or environmentally sensitive areas — and alert the driver and/or a manager if a machine enters one of these zones. If a driver or operator is practicing unsafe behavior, the telematics can also send an alert.

Stay tuned as we might have some more news for you around wearables and telematics anytime soon!

 Tackle the challenges

To fully realise the benefits and opportunities digital mobility promises, social, legal and technical challenges will need to be addressed, such as:

  • Privacy concerns – Increasing volume and collection of data makes ensuring its security and protecting the user’s privacy is an ongoing challenge.
  • Industrial relations – Similar to the above, the increased recording, capture and analysis of personal data may be met with resistance from workers.
  • Human factors – learning and using new technology. Using it safely and efficiently.
  • Technical issues – On the technical side, businesses must consider how new technologies can integrate with existing systems and capabilities to ensure connectivity across different platforms.

GeoMoby’s technology addresses privacy concerns by NOT recording any personal information and uses world-class encryptions to ensure that collected data are truly safe with us. Our public API allows businesses to seamlessly integrate our technology into already existing platforms.

If you want to hear more about how our technology can do great for your mining/resources business, please contact us.

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