- GEOTAB Core GO7 device installed via the on-board OBDII port (Some machines required two units due to two motors per machine)
- Driver ID Solution with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
- Starter Cut solution to allow for equipment not to be started without producing of the Driver ID Tag.
The initial requirement from customer was purely aimed at safety requirements as well as pro-active monitoring of parameters such as engine and oil temperatures to counter any possible damage to machines, this requirement changed dramatically however when customer realized the immense potential from a productivity management, as well as ability to utilize the GEOTAB data for optimizing of the fleet design for optimum productivity.
GEOTAB designed a solution for customer referred to as “Source and Destination“, this referring to monitoring the entire productivity chain from Excavators to Dump Trucks to Dump Sites, recording exactly the number of loads shovelled. loaded and dumped, this against the actual ore classification of the mine, thus mine management could see in real-time exactly what was mined, the actual volumes and the dump by actual site.
The data also allowed mine management to optimize the fleet in accordance to the productivity required and to identify any specific bottlenecks at the different points within the actual production chain.
Initially GEOTAB used only software to determine actual loads collected and dumped, this through making assumptions on times spent at each point in the collect and dump chain, this however evolved and in the latest iteration GEOTAB installed switches on machines to record actual dump and off-load by monitoring bucket positions, thus data errors are now virtually eliminated, and load tally’s are considered 99.9% accurate.
GEOTAB set up the reporting in such a structure that mine management could view all the mines from an overall perspective as well as the viewing by individual mine where required, and from anywhere in the world, thus management at Head Office can now in real-time see production levels at the various mines.
Post the “Source and Destination” implementation GEOTAB engaged with a partner company Applied Vehicle Analytics, whom added further value through a time and motion solution that provided visibility against additional parameters, adding even greater value to mine management, and combined the solutions are disruptive in nature as the system has the potential to replace current systems that cost mines hundreds of millions each year, whilst the GEOTAB and AVA systems are very competitive from a pricing perspective, at about ZAR 6,000 per equipped vehicle if both the GEOTAB and AVA solution is installed.
The GEOTAB and AVA solution also requires no hardware placements and different readers or infrastructure on the actual mine site, thus maintenance costs is very limited and no requirements to constantly adapt or change surrounding infrastructure, more about our partner solutions below.