NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Precyse Technologies, a leading pioneer of wireless Remote Entity Awareness and Control (REAC) systems for managing high-value physical assets and personnel, announced today an implementation with one of the world’s largest mining companies at an open pit iron ore mine in Australia. Partnering with CSC (NYSE: CSC), phase one of this multi-phase project is focused on identifying, locating, monitoring and wirelessly controlling more than 40 mobile lighting towers and more than 100 high-value physical assets including cranes, generators and welding units.
“In working with CSC on the implementation of this project, we are able to highlight our solution’s ability to both communicate with and manage high-value assets. Our customer is using our solution to automatically track and manage high-value assets throughout the 40 square mile (100 square kilometer) mine,” said Russ Chandler, CEO at Precyse Technologies. “The scalable, lightweight infrastructure and flexibility of our solution enables cost-effective operational efficiencies with the mobile lighting towers and other high-value assets.”
Jarrod Bassan, senior consultant at CSC, noted, “The system drives significant improvements in labour productivity – which is a major challenge in mining. Precyse, in conjunction with OmniLocation® MachinEdge, will also reduce fuel costs and improve safety at this site. The whole system worked straight away when it was connected up, and it was a great success.”
The Precyse Technologies solution, using patented technologies combining assisted GPS (A-GPS) and radio frequency (RF) communications in a single Smart Agent, provides REAC capabilities resulting in real-time visibility and seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas. Additionally, the solution empowers enterprises to increase operational efficiencies through improved asset utilization by maintaining remote connections to assets and automatically reacting to the physical, environmental and technical status of their critical physical assets.
“In phase one, we are working with the customer to manage their assets outdoors. The required infrastructure is very light given Precyse’s inherit GPS location solution. In fact, less than 20 Micro Beacons are used across the entire site. For this project, they are principally deployed to ensure reliable location accuracy in the handful of places with a compromised GPS signal,” added Chandler. “In addition, the scalable nature of our solution allows us to deploy a minimal number of Bridge Ports (the wireless reader and communication hub between network servers and Smart Agents) to cover areas of greatest interest. For this project, Precyse’s Bridge Ports are installed on a combination of the customer’s existing mobile communications towers and fixed infrastructure including building walls, exterior staircases and elevated walkways.”
Remotely Monitoring and Operating Mobile Lighting Towers
Leading system integration and implementation responsibilities, CSC harnessed the capabilities of Precyse Technologies, mobile lighting towers manufacturer Brightforce, and engine control systems manufacturer Connect Source to deliver a total solution to one of the world’s largest mining companies. As the mine requires around the clock operations, the ability to remotely manage mobile lighting towers reduces the need for in-person physical interaction with the towers. It also enables immediate responsiveness to the mine’s lighting needs. Precyse Technologies’ Vehicle Agents, a type of Smart Agent, employ a CAN bus protocol developed in conjunction with Connect Source to remotely turn lighting towers on and off, adjust lighting levels, monitor engine hours and set lighting schedules. Empowered with these remote management capabilities, the mining customer can reduce operating and maintenance costs while enhancing capabilities to support the mining operations.
Improving Asset Utilization
Maintaining continual knowledge of the location, physical, environmental, and technical status of high value assets is an operational imperative. The Precyse Technologies solution leverages proprietary algorithms and software to identify, locate, sense current state of, and communicate with (or otherwise control) physical assets in real-time.
With more than 100 high value physical assets including cranes, generators and welding units, the ability to quickly identify and locate these assets will save the mine time and money. The Precyse Technologies data backhaul will be conveyed via the customer’s existing wireless Canopy point to point / mesh network.
By combining control panel machine interfaces, on-board sensing capabilities, and long-range and robust wireless communications to track and monitor equipment in the large-scale mine, the Precyse Technologies solution will help the mine streamline processes and meet the changing demands of the mine. The Precyse Technologies’ industry-leading communication distances, maximize coverage areas (minimizing the number of devices needed), speed deployment and reduce installation time and cost.
About Precyse Technologies
Precyse Technologies is a leading pioneer of wireless Remote Entity Awareness and Control (REAC) systems for remotely managing high-value physical assets and personnel. Precyse Technologies’ solutions empower enterprises to maintain knowledge of and automatically react to the physical, environmental and technical status of their critical physical assets including people, vehicles, equipment, instruments and inventory in real-time, improving visibility and decision making among operations, safety (SSHE, HES, etc.), IT and management. The Precyse Technologies Solution, using patented technologies incorporating assisted GPS (A-GPS) and active radio frequency identification (Active RFID) communications into a single “Smart Agent”, provides real-time REAC capabilities for Fortune 500 organizations. Precyse Technologies serves the following industries – oil and gas, mining, chemical, energy, terminal operations at airports and shipyards, and yard management at vehicle distribution facilities. Additionally, Precyse Technologies services industrial manufacturing and other hazardous and non-hazardous heavy industries. For more information visit www.precysetech.com.