Perth, Dec 6: A West Australian geolocation intelligence company has developed a world-first technology that will be game changer for mining industry – bringing “eyes” underground, improving safety and potentially saving companies millions of dollars each year.
GeoMoby uses wireless, cable free and reusable beacons to geofence sites, track assets and check in on workforces, providing a layer of safety and efficiency that has ‘never been seen before.’
The technology allows surface to underground communication through smart devices – meaning for the first time – photographs and videos can be sent to the surface from remote tunnels in deep underground sites.
GeoMoby founder Chris Baudia said the accuracy of its Real Time Location Services allowed improved personnel safety, pinpointing locations within one metre of incidents, emergencies or equipment break down.
“If an incident occurs underground, mining companies are currently blind and rely on radio transmissions to pinpoint locations and relay instructions on how to respond,” Baudia said.
“Our technology gives operators on the surface a clear picture of who is underground, while allowing those below the surface to send and receive phone calls, videos, photos and audio files.
“Live mapping of assets is not only beneficial for safety reasons.
“It allows operators to monitor equipment like trucks and other expensive machinery, checking speed, location, routes, and other information.
“Data collected can also be used to boost productivity.
“In fact, our live field reporting and automated timesheets resulted in a 20 per cent boost in productivity for one of our clients.”
GeoMoby’s geolocation intelligence acts independent of wifi, which can cost companies millions of dollars each year to maintain and does not give the range that GeoMoby’s technology does.
While underground mining is a clear beneficiary from this new technology, there are multiple applications across a range of industries including insurance, retail, and health and safety.
“Contact tracing is a huge priority for companies now,” Baudia explained.
“The pandemic has increased demand from employees to feel safe at work.
“We provide technology that benefits both the employers and employees.”
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