The advantages of adopting IoT technology in the mining industry go beyond real-time data and analytics processing, improved traceability, predictive maintenance, and increased mining output. IoT innovations can successfully improve workers’ health and safety (HSE).
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to reduce the impact of mining operations on the environment, and also make the workplace environment safer, by minimising risks associated with safety in the mines.
These were among the conclusions reported in an extensive survey by mobile satellite provider Inmarsat, ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017,’ which involved 100 global mining companies.
Almost half of the respondents in the survey declared that IoT adoption is instrumental in driving staff HSE (43%) figures, alongside environmental monitoring (47%) and cost-effectiveness (44%).
Inherent HSE risks in the mining industry include stress inflicted on the workers’ bodies, slips, trips and falls, manual handling errors and accidents involving heavy machinery and moving equipment.
Decision Inc. Immix leverages the Microsoft Dyanmics 365 technology to provide mining specific software across a variety of modules. Other investments in Microsoft’s software are also leveraged providing a reduced cost of ownership.
Solutions to combat the high fatality rates in the industry and improve work conditions include the safe removal of the workers from high-risk situations, automating key processes instead, and monitoring remotely.
“IoT solutions can play a significant role by remotely monitoring conditions and gathering data to anticipate and react to potential safety threats,” commented Joe Carr, director of mining at Inmarsat Enterprise.
The best opportunities for mining organisations to improve industry SHE standards are through machinery automation and connected wearable technology.
Sensor-enabled mining equipment and devices can transmit environmental parameters and other data in real-time and automatically react to hazardous conditions and changes on site, including deep underground, without risky human intervention.
Continuous improvements in health and safety (HSE) standards are also driving the adoption of IoT, as the industry needs to meet its obligations to staff, governments, and shareholders.
Resolve Immix’s software provides extensive exploration, Mining, and Mineral Process (xMMP) solutions for key mining requirements, including functionality required for nearly all of the Total Life of Mine (LOM) requirements.
Microsoft Dynamics AX serves as the platform for the xMMP product suite and is a world-class global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution used by over 20 000 businesses across the globe.