Minetec Partners with CSIRO to Deliver Revolutionary Underground Positioning
Technology for Trax+Tags™ II to the Mining Industry
SYDNEY -- August 19, 2013
Minetec, a division of Codan Limited (ASX-CDA), has announced the launch of
its latest underground positioning technology in Trax+Tags™ II, a new
generation of Minetec’s Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) for vehicle and
personnel position reporting and tracking. Trax+Tags II incorporates the WASP
(Wireless Ad-hoc System for Positioning System), a revolutionary technology,
developed by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, to address
challenging tracking and navigation applications not addressed by current
technologies such as GPS or WiFi.
“By integrating WASP into Trax+Tags II, Minetec offers a highly accurate,
cost-effective solution specifically designed for underground environments
with large possibility of expansion in above ground use,” said Andy Sheppard,
executive general manager, Minetec. “WASP is clearly a revolutionary
technology that is critical to modern underground mining, and will
significantly improve productivity, lower operational costs, and reduce health
and safety issues for mining operations.”
“We are delighted to have partnered with Minetec to deliver a wireless
solution that will have a real impact on productivity and safety in the mining
industry,” said Professor Jay Guo, Research Leader of Smart Secure
Infrastructure at CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship. “We’ve
integrated WASP into the Trax+Tags II system to provide critical location
information in underground environments where global positioning systems
cannot operate. Based on Time-of-Arrival (TOA) technology, the system improves
the accuracy of tracking vehicles and personnel positions to sub-meter level
in environments such as an underground pit or tunnel.”
A scalable system, Trax+Tags™ II addresses the accuracy and investment
requirements of the mine at different stages of operation by building up the
system with modules over time. Far superior to existing technologies, the
Trax+Tags™ II situational awareness suite provides an efficient and
cost-effective system to visually display assets based on their current
locations. Using the tags worn by personnel, the Tag Board displays the
occupancy of zones, alarm conditions and entry/exit events.
Minetec will be conducting live demonstrations of Trax+Tags™ II at AIMEX 2013,
Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, Booth R156, Sydney Showground,
Sydney Olympic Park, 20-23 August 2013.
Minetec Pty Ltd, (Willetton, Western Australia), is part of the Codan Group of
companies. Founded in 2000, Minetec quickly established itself as a service
partner to the mining industry, and has grown rapidly into a trusted
technology provider delivering safety and productivity-based products to serve
the critical needs and requirements of underground and surface mining
operations. An acknowledged leader in hard-rock underground mining, Minetec
has expanded this expertise to address the needs of aboveground, open cut
mining. Minetec supports products through integrated project engineering,
delivery and life cycle services and maintenance. Minetec’s products are
manufactured at Codan’s state-of-the-art facilities in Australia and Malaysia.
Maintenance, training and technical support is provided from Australia, the UK
and the US, as well as from its worldwide-accredited service centre network.
For more information about Minetec, visit: http://www.minetec.com.au.
For more information about CSIRO, visit: www.csiro.au/dpas or
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Andy Sheppard, +61 419 099 497
Executive General Manager
Liz Greenbank, +61 3 9545 8563
mobile: +61 408 778 189
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