June 2, 2021
"This improves safety underground in a groundbreaking way."
“The Epiroc RCS Collision Avoidance interface performed as designed, demonstrating high consistency in the cases where the Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) provided reliable input signals,” says Kumeshan Naidu, Integration Manager M&A, at Epiroc’s Technology and Digital division, and continues: “The CAS initiative is not a “Plug and Play” solution and must be tailored, with the participation of all parties to suite a particular site. Change Management and Risk Mitigation Strategies on these sites are key when implementing the system.”
Moving forward, Kumeshan Naidu can see further potential: “Solutions like Mobilaris Onboard can augment a mine’s efforts to ensure safety, as well as create a more “natural” state of awareness that underground TMM operators can respond to. With an interface that is more familiar to the operator, who typically drives commercial vehicles (GPS, Waze, Google Maps), their reflex is to naturally avoid a potential unwanted event from occurring. An operator or pedestrian that is equipped with real time information about their surroundings, through systems like Mobilaris’s MMI, Onboard and Pocket Mine, will be better suited to promote a safe working environment. One in which the CAS slow down and stop functionality is a last resort in preventing collision events.”