Hexagon introduces next-generation collision avoidance technology for mines

Tucson, AZ, March 1, 2022

Hexagon’s Mining division today announced that it has introduced a significantly improved version of its collision avoidance system. Version 10 of HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System – known simply as CAS 10 – consolidates powerful technology into just two hardware components: a smart antenna and a five-inch LCD display. 

The smart antenna integrates GPS, RF, Wi-Fi, LTE and Ultra-Wide Band Time of Flight technology. The in-cabin, touch-screen display features modern UI/UX consistent with Hexagon’s other on-board solutions. This creates a better driving experience, reduced deployment and training time, reduced supply chain complexity and increased operator adoption. 

Already a market leader and used in more than 50,000 mining vehicles worldwide, CAS protects drivers and equipment with 360-degree operator awareness for vehicles, assets and operators in open pit mines. Besides collision avoidance, MineProtect integrates systems for operator alertness, object detection, personal protection and vehicle intervention by sharing the same hardware. 

CAS connects to a web-based reporting and analytics platform that adds a powerful layer of safety to MineProtect. It monitors and controls critical risk events by connecting data sources via dashboards, visualizing all aspects of CAS and making safety preventive rather than reactive.

Barbara Hirtz, Product Manager, Hexagon’s Mining division, described CAS 10 as “next-generation technology,” reflecting the Power of One, the culmination of Hexagon’s push to empower digital transformation by consolidating and connecting sensors and software, infield apps and cloudware. 

“One multi-functional smart antenna not only incorporates CAS, but is the hub supporting systems for operator alertness, fleet management and operator assist, among other solutions,” said Hirtz. “In a single display, the software integrates information from CAS, radars and HxGN MineProtect Personal Alert, the industry’s first accident-avoidance device worn by field personnel using the reliability and precision-location technology.

“CAS 10 is a landmark enabler for next-generation autonomy, offering mines a uniquely intelligent approach. Most importantly, everyone gets home safely.”

Interoperable with prior versions of the solution, CAS 10 is featured more fully in Barbara Hirtz’s blog here.

For more information, please contact:
Neville Judd, Communications Director, Hexagon’s Mining division, 604 505 6154, neville.judd@hexagon.com

Hexagon is a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping production and people-related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous — ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Mining division solves surface and underground mine challenges with proven technologies for planning, operations and safety.

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