Trucktrak is a tracking and weighing solution, purpose-built for the underground trackless mining environment, with the objective to optimise production. The uniqueness of Trucktrak lies in its ability to track vehicles WITHOUT A WI-FI NETWORK. The system captures where an underground vehicle is loaded, the path it follows and where it tips, all time stamped. Huge volumes of data are collected during this process; the digitised information is then uploaded to a server on the surface, where unique software processes the data further to produce valuable management information.
The digital information is used to: • Reconcile between hoisted and trammed tonnes. • Optimise production vehicles. • Improve time management • Act as a transparent scorecard for staff (and contractors) • Provide mobile connectivity reports to highlight exceptions • Create accountability to ore source and therefore also grade control • Improve management of tramming crews • Be an independent unbiased reporting without human intervention • Create custom reports where needed
Due to the high cost and complexity of Wi-Fi networks underground, Accutrak strategically made a conscious decision to offer digitised and automised production information in an underground mining environment without creating a Wi-Fi network. It was built on the insight that the vehicles form a network of their own and can carry data to download points.
The Trucktrak devices are fitted on the vehicles underground and they communicate with each other to form a mesh-network and strategic download points are placed underground which are connected to the mine’s network. To ensure that the data is transferred from the vehicles onto a server in the shortest amount of time, intelligent algorithms in the firmware calculate the probability of the next vehicle driving past a download point and all the vehicles will then transfer their data to the that specific vehicle through the mesh network that exist. Once the vehicle passes the download point, it will inform the other vehicles that it has downloaded the data and they can clear that specific data from their buffers. The advantage of this is that the system is not reliant on every vehicle to drive past the download points and allows data to appear sooner in the database, which makes the system near ‘real-time’. The software is all written in-house and is SQL server based. The power of the solution is that it captures all the raw data in a ‘stage’ database and then processes it further into a ‘presentation’ database. The ‘processed’ database offers the mine all the information needed to optimise their productivity, but the raw data in the ‘stage’ database will always be available in case the mine decides to perform algorithmic analysis at a later stage.
- It is an automated tally system
- Wi-Fi independent.
- Not OEM specific.
- It offers real time reporting.
- It offers utilization and availability reports.
- Improved vehicle and driver trip management.
- It offers Live Displays of real-time, accurate, production information.
- It Digitises the Tally Sheets.