Hexagon, Rossing deploy mine safety system ahead of schedule

Tucson, AZ, February 1, 2022

Hexagon’s Mining division today announced completion of a significant safety installation with Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia. Primary mining vehicles at the mine are now equipped with HxGN MineProtect Operator Alertness System Heavy Vehicle (OAS-HV), a full two months ahead of schedule.

The customer’s commitment, engagement and willingness to adapt to COVID restrictions played a large part in the project’s success, said Andrew Crose, Managing Director-EMEA, Hexagon’s Mining division.

“Hexagon shares Rossing’s commitment to safety and the core belief that people are a mine’s most precious asset,” said Crose. “The resourcefulness displayed by everyone involved was impressive. It ensured that we completed the project successfully and ahead of schedule.”

OAS-HV is an integrated fatigue and distraction-detection, alerting, and reporting solution that helps operators maintain the level of attention necessary for long shifts. Integrated with HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System, OAS-HV uses sophisticated computer vision technology to provide a real-time fatigue and distraction risk status and traffic awareness to operators via unobtrusive, operator-friendly displays. 

Included with Rossing’s deployment is Hexagon’s 24/7 Remote Monitoring Service, ensuring impartial monitoring without imposing on the customer’s IT & Server infrastructure.

A successful trial among operators of OAS-HV in Q4 2020 led to full deployment, said George Murasiki, former Principal Advisor: Pit Operations and current Principal Advisor: Long Term Planning. “The system was fully adopted by the operators,” said Murasiki. “We noticed an increase in the productivity of operators and machinery, which improved our production. Good communication between all parties ensured we achieved the efficiencies needed to reach targets early.”

Located in the Namib Desert, 70 kilometers from the coastal town of Swakopmund, Rossing Uranium Mine is one of the largest open pit uranium mines in the world.

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

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