Courtesy of Keytroller
Equipment tracking at a mining operation can be a logistical challenge, especially in remote locations where cellular service is unavailable. While many large mining machines such as haul trucks and excavators now come with sophisticated built-in monitoring systems for tracking and maintenance, these vehicles make up a small portion of a mine’s entire fleet. According to Keytroller president and CEO Terry Wickman, the company’s new Cyberwatch SAT alarm and GPS location metre is a simple and inexpensive way to monitor smaller pieces of equipment that do not have monitoring systems, such as generators, work trucks or skid-steer loaders, in remote locations. Unlike previous versions of the Cyberwatch, the most recent does not rely on cellular or WiFi signals. The Cyberwatch SAT can be wired to any kind of engine or motor and transmit information such as location, oil pressure, engine temperature or how long a machine has been running or idling. It then periodically transmits that information via satellite onto customer-specific web portals, which can be accessed anywhere in the world. “It’s an inexpensive way of monitoring equipment, and you can use that monitoring for accountability,” Wickman said, such as keeping track of how a company’s machines are being used or how long its employees have been working. It is also useful for knowing when equipment is in need of maintenance.