Collision avoidance technology for mines

Issue 1 2022 Asset Management

Hexagon’s Mining division announced that it has introduced a significantly improved version of its collision avoidance system. Version 10 of HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System – known simply as CAS 10 – consolidates powerful technology into just two hardware components: a smart antenna and a five-inch LCD display.

The smart antenna integrates GPS, RF, Wi-Fi, LTE and Ultra-Wide Band Time-of-Flight technology. The in-cabin, touch-screen display features modern UI/UX consistent with Hexagon’s other on-board solutions. This creates a better driving experience, reduced deployment and training time, reduced supply chain complexity and increased operator adoption.

Already a market leader and used in more than 50 000 mining vehicles worldwide, CAS protects drivers and equipment with 360° operator awareness for vehicles, assets and operators in open pit mines. Besides collision avoidance, MineProtect integrates systems for operator alertness, object detection, personal protection and vehicle intervention by sharing the same hardware.

CAS connects to a web-based reporting and analytics platform that adds a powerful layer of safety to MineProtect. It monitors and controls critical risk events by connecting data sources via dashboards, visualising all aspects of CAS and making safety preventive rather than reactive.

Barbara Hirtz, product manager, Hexagon’s Mining division, described CAS 10 as 'next-generation technology', reflecting the Power of One, the culmination of Hexagon’s push to empower digital transformation by consolidating and connecting sensors and software, infield apps and cloudware.

“One multi-functional smart antenna not only incorporates CAS, but is the hub supporting systems for operator alertness, fleet management and operator assist, among other solutions,” said Hirtz. “In a single display, the software integrates information from CAS, radars and HxGN MineProtect Personal Alert, the industry’s first accident-avoidance device worn by field personnel using precision-location technology.”

Find out more at https://blog.hexagonmining.com/hexagon-advances-the-next-generation-of-mine-safety-solutions/




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