Making Mines Safer with Mobile Technology

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Making Mines Safer with Mobile Technology

  1. 1. Making mines safer with mobile technology The growing use of mobile technologies is improving mine operators’ ability to track and communicate with workers. As a result, accidents are declining and emergency response is getting faster—which is saving lives. These important gains are boosting productivity and strengthening mining company finances at a time of falling ore prices. An August 2013 Eco nomist Intelligenc e Unit survey showed tha t 70% 74% of mining executive s believe mobile devices have prevented acciden ts. say workers’ lives have been saved as a result of their deployment. The top uses of mobile technology to enhance worker health and safety Improve communication while underground or in remote or hazardous locations Collect data on employee performance to prevent incidents or make improvements Top types of mobile devices used to access info in the field TODAY: 52% 42% 40% Laptops Radios Smartphones 5 YEARS FROM NOW: 66% 48% 30% Tablets Smartphones Laptops 84% say executives of mining ogies nol mobile tech their ed have improv ct hazards te ability to de osions. pl prevent ex or By preventing dangerous incidents and costly failures, mobile technologies boost productivity, according to mining executives. 77 % believe mobility strategies can help their companies achieve high productivity and capacity 74 % believe mobility strategies can help prevent failures © The Economist Intelligence Unit 2014. All rights reserved. www.economistinsights.com/m-energy 74 % give high marks to their company’s use of mobile technologies to manage field workers sap.com/mobile-mining

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