South Africa-based information technology firm Altron’s subsidiary Netstar has developed new technology to help reduce the potential for accidents involving fleets of mining vehicles.

The solution will comply with the country’s Department of Mineral Resources’ new collision avoidance system requirements for mine vehicles.

“We are proud to be part of finding solutions to ensure safe conditions for people working on the mine site.”

The regulator amended existing rules to make it mandatory for all vehicles on mines to be fitted with collision avoidance proximity systems in order to improve mine safety and reduce injuries related to pedestrian mining accidents.

Netstar managing director Pierre Bruwer said: “We are proud to be able to offer such a solution to the mining industry and be part of finding solutions to ensure safe conditions for people working on the mine site.”

The system is equipped with an in-vehicle display that provides drivers with a 360-degree view of the proximity of other vehicles, as well as pedestrians.

Bruwer noted that the solution was designed to function effectively in dusty conditions and in low visibility.

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He added: “The system works by alerting drivers audibly and visually ahead of potential issues, which not only reduces accidents, but also improves operational efficiencies.

“Furthermore, the system provides real-time data and connects through a variety of options, including cell networks, WiFi, Bluetooth and radio.”

The company is planning to add further features to the solution by June next year, including the ability to intervene by taking control of a vehicle and slow it down if the operator fails to acknowledge the presence of a vehicle, person or object.

Furthermore, the solution will be upgraded by June 2020 to automatically stop the vehicle without human intervention.