Optimising technology enhances mine safety and productivity

9th September 2021

Optimising technology enhances mine safety and productivity

Booyco Electronics is playing a leading role in testing collision prevention systems to meet compliance requirements

Technologies such as collision prevention system (CPS) or proximity detection system (PDS) are now seen as integral to the improvement of safety and productivity in the mining sector.

South Africa-based Booyco Electronics is now in a strategic collaboration with technology systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions, to assist mines in integrating their PDS effectively.

“Technology is changing the way that key technical services are provided to mines,” says Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens. Technological specialisation now demands expertise, skill sets and hardware that extend far beyond what single multinational companies can provide, adds Lourens. This invariably leads to silos of expertise developing on mines that require bridging.

“With South Africa’s mine safety legislation being very advanced in terms of requiring Level 9 compliance for collision avoidance, our partnership can offer considerable overall value to mines across the world,” he says.

Ramjack Technology Solutions president and CEO Mike Jackson notes that Booyco Electronics fills an important space as a best-of-breed technology provider in a critical component of mine safety.

“Our role as a systems integrator is to help mines get more value from their chosen production and safety technologies,” says Jackson. The company does this in two main ways, he says – horizontal integration bridges the gaps between the technology ‘silos’ on mines, while vertical integration takes the process right from instruments up to platform level.

He highlights that the inter-operability of leading technologies such as Booyco Electronics’ collision avoidance systems is the optimal way to achieve the ‘mine of the future’. This allows mines to take up the best technologies available and ensure that they work together on their on-site platform.