California-based Trimble has expanded its technology portfolio with the purchase of privately owned Mining Information Systems (MIS) for an undisclosed amount.
Australian company MIS develops a suite of systems for mine production, processing operations, human resource management and a web platform for access and administration.
MIS provides mining companies with information systems that monitor and manage mining and ore processing operations. The systems collect and integrate data from different sources and functional areas, the company said.
The purchase of MIS will allow Trimble to add enterprise-level information management capabilities to its portfolio of mining solutions which, combined with the company's geospatial solutions, can help mining firms make better decisions and increase productivity.
Trimble mining division business area director Nathan Pugh said that productivity applications in functional areas have improved operational efficiencies but the data's value has not been fully realised, as it is not collected and integrated for a complete, site-wide view.
"MIS offers an enterprise-level system that unlocks data and metrics from across functional areas for a complete view of mine productivity and profitability, for decision makers across planning, operations and finance," Pugh said.
MIS managing director David Prance said the company shares Trimble's vision to make mines more productive, profitable and safer with improved reporting and use of geospatial technology.
"Trimble's leadership and expertise in geospatial technologies will be integral to productivity and inventory control applications in the resources sector," Prance said.