May 17, 2020

BHP Billiton using caps to monitor drivers’ brainwaves

Truck
Chile
Brainwaves
Technology
Sophie Chapman
2 min
New technology developed to monitor the brainwaves of truck drivers as they fall asleep
The mining giant BPH Billiton, has begun using special caps to log the brainwaves of sleepy drivers to monitor signs of drifting to sleep.

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The mining giant BPH Billiton, has begun using special caps to log the brainwaves of sleepy drivers to monitor signs of drifting to sleep.

These drivers are operating 400-tonne vehicles at a copper mine in Chile, and so far 1,500 workers have been tested in 150 trucks.

The brainwaves are tested through a six-inch strip is fitted inside the helmet of employees.

“It sits on your forehead and it actually can measure your brainwaves and look at… patterns that show fatigue over time,” stated the Technology Officer of BHP, Diane Jurgens.

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“That sensor then talks to a little unit that we install in the cab of a truck and when it detects fatigue, it will notify our drivers but also, just as importantly, it's integrated with our back office and the supervisors that can also get notified so they can intervene.”

Prior to these devices, the company were using sensors that were installed on to a truck’s cab that would detected when a driver’s eyes closed.

“You can't fool this cap because it's watching your brain waves, not looking at your eyes. And so it's a much better technology,” Ms Jurgen added.

The company noted from a Mckinsey study that the global resources industry could save between US4290bn and $390bn a year through utilising new technologies.

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May 4, 2021

Axora launches global challenge for digital technology

Axora
Digitalisation
Sustainability
Safety
2 min
Axora, the industrial B2B digital solutions marketplace, has launched 'The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge' to discover game changing innovations

Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.

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The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.

Digital Transformation

“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.

“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”

The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge

Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.

“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.

Improving productivity, safety and sustainability

Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.

To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.

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