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Hexagon integrates collision avoidance into FMS

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Hexagon Mining is taking integration to another level as it begins field trials of a product that embeds its SAFEmine collision avoidance system (CAS) into its Leica Jigsaw fleet management system (FMS).

The Leica Jigsaw 2.07 FMS, due for 4Q15 release, will help create safer, more efficient mines. In a single system, dispatchers will enjoy greater oversight and better information, while drivers will be relieved of clutter in their vehicles.

A field trial under way in Australia is testing improved monitoring of all vehicles. Light and heavy equipment can be monitored online, which means better analysis of near-miss events, including the behaviours and conditions that cause them.

Integration of the SAFEmine system into Jigsaw’s Jpanel streamlines equipment in the cab and maximises visibility for the driver. SAFEmine symbols are integrated into the Jigsaw platform so users of both systems require minimal training during the transition. Equipping light vehicles with CAS ensures that any vehicle equipped with SAFEmine CAS and Jigsaw can more easily see them, making the mine safer.

Users can track employee behaviour and environmental conditions to understand how both can affect mine safety. Events are archived in the system and can be annotated according to the reason for the alert. Areas with multiple alerts are easily identified so changes can be made to make mines safer.

“We are always looking for ways to make mining safer and more efficient,” said Hexagon Mining President Hélio Samora. “The integration of SAFEmine CAS with Leica Jigsaw FMS unites two industry-leading platforms to deliver transparency and accountability in mine safety. It’s another way we’re shaping smart change.”

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