Illumiti, in collaboration with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab and Vandrico Solutions Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of our new MineSafe Smartwatch.
The MineSafe Smartwatch is a tool to help miners identify and respond to potentially dangerous issues. The watch enables real-time communication between miners underground and their support team on the surface. Using real-time data and analysis software, mining companies can quickly identify and predict potential hazards, notify employees of dangerous situations, identify worker locations in an emergency, and provide safety guidance to workers in an automated fashion.
The MineSafe Smartwatch combines proactive features that can enhance worker awareness of safety issues with immediate response features that can assist both miners and topside responders in the event of an emergency.
“Our watch leverages Wi-Fi and sensors in the mine to provide mine workers with greater situational awareness, facilitate communications and accelerate evacuations,” said Lorraine Howell, Vice-President of R&D for Illumiti. “Using our worker tracking feature, the mining company can quickly identify the location of each miner in real time from the surface during an emergency, enabling safety teams to quickly locate missing team members. Localized evacuation messages can also be sent based on worker location in the mine.”
Some key features of the Smartwatch include:
- Worker location tracking: Tracks individual worker locations and enables regular check-ins.
- Real-time incident reporting: Enables miners to report any injuries or safety incidents in real time to operators at the surface who can take immediate action.
- Proactive real time communications: Automatically send safety procedures to workers step by step – and record whether or not procedures were followed.
- Automatic alerts: Using sensors set up within the mine, detects potentially hazardous conditions resulting from gas leaks, smoke or seismic movements and provides immediate alerts to workers in the danger zone through audible, visual and vibrating alarms.
Among the greatest benefits of MineSafe is the ability to facilitate distress calls.
“Mine workers can use a one-touch distress call feature to send an urgent notice to the surface. The surface system is designed to send immediate alerts to key personnel and emergency responders based on the type of incident being reported – which can enhance response time and reduce risk to other workers,” said Gonzalo Tudela, CEO at Vandrico Solutions Inc.
The MineSafe Smartwatch leverages Vandrico’s Canary platform – a communications platform that creates a mine-specific ‘Internet of Things’ across a Wi-Fi network using data from wearable devices and sensors placed throughout a mine. The Canary platform is built on the SAP HANA platform, hosted either on premise or in the cloud, which allows the MineSafe Smartwatch application to leverage real-time data analysis from a myriad of sources in order to identify emerging safety issues. As issues are identified, key personnel can use the Control Centre function within the application to locate miners and transmit solutions, alerts and evacuation protocols to distinct users if necessary.
The MineSafe system will integrate with most mine-specific enterprise systems, including SCADA, MQTT and others. The solution can also be integrated with any existing mine sensors, or configured to suit the needs of a mining company.
Illumiti is a leading systems integration and management consulting company with offices in Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland, serving customers globally. Its team enables customers to realize their vision by leveraging the world’s leading on-premise and cloud-based business applications. Illumiti helps its clients achieve optimized operations in the key areas at the core of their business, by implementing custom-fit solutions from SAP and other vendors faster, at a lower cost, and at a lower risk than other alternatives. Illumiti is a member of United VARs, which is an SAP platinum partner. Illumiti has been recognized as the top SAP reseller for Canada for five consecutive years and is one of the fastest-growing SAP channel partner in the U.S. For more information please visit www.illumiti.com.
Vandrico is an Industrial IoT and wearables software company based in Vancouver Canada. With clients in mining, resorts, telecommunications and heavy machinery, the company is known for championing the operational use of wearables for large enterprise. Vandrico’s work has been featured in publications such as TechCrunch, Globe and Mail, and Wired. The company’s strict focus on safety and productivity challenges has enabled partners and clients to benefit from the wearables trend. Vandrico’s Canary Platform is a wearable and IoT communications system designed specifically for enterprise security and scale. Canary powers mission-critical information flow on-site for the company’s clients. For more information, please visit www.vandrico.com.