Caterpillar has reached a cooperative agreement with Australian firm FTP Solutions to deliver proactive monitoring and management of mining technology applications, as well as the networks necessary for these products.

FTP Solutions offers solutions for monitoring and supporting site communications.

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As part of the collaboration, the companies will leverage each other’s technology to deliver improved site solutions for mining customers.

The integrated solutions will be available to clients as part of Cat MineStar System.

Caterpillar mining technology group product manager Sean McGinnis was quoted by media sources as saying: “Through this partnership, Caterpillar and FTP Solutions are instituting means to enable mines to move close to enterprise network availability in their operational technology.

“When Cat MineStar products are installed with FTP Solutions’ Integrated Management System, the mining operation has full vision of office and mobile applications across their manual and automated MineStar sites. This insight provides the means to enhance network availability.”

“Providing this type of data transparency in real-time across an operational site will  deliver business benefits beyond existing support functions.”

Having started offering their joint services in Australia this year, Caterpillar and FTP Solutions will expand to all mining regions next year.

The companies have been working together to optimise wireless networks at mine sites running Cat Command, a capability set within Cat MineStar System.

Taking their collaboration further, the firms will now apply the solutions to the networks installed at sites running other MineStar applications such as Fleet, Terrain and Detect.

FTP Solutions managing director Lachlan McMahon said: “The partnership enables us to create a single operational view to provide the most reliable critical networking environment possible.”

“Providing this type of data transparency in real-time across an operational site will also deliver business benefits beyond existing support functions.”