SA must move to smart mining technology for productivity and safety

The post-coronavirus mining industry will need to emphasise input cost containment, productivity and efficiency increases, and stay the course on the road to zero harm as part of a health and safety initiative for mineworkers.

Digitalisation, particularly through smart mining, offers great value and opportunity for recovery and to turn this sector around. Smart mining leverages digitalisation of keys assets throughout the supply chain system, from sourcing to processing, moving and marketing products.

Smart mines elicit smart, connected devices, which allow organisations to make better decisions in real time with multiple benefits, from improved workforce safety to increased data protection, enhanced efficiency and productivity across the value chain, a reduction in installation and monitoring costs. Such smart mines have already begun to revolutionise mining operations for several companies and many will continue to benefit as they invest in the digitalisation wave.

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