Equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has formed a cooperative agreement with technology company FTP Solutions.
The two companies plan to deliver proactive monitoring and management of mining technology applications and the networks that these products depend on.
Caterpillar and FTP Solutions started offering their joint services in Australia in 2017 and are expanding to all mining regions in 2018.
The collaborative work will use proprietary technology developed by each company to deliver site solutions for mining customers. The integrated solutions will be offered as part of the Cat MineStar System.
“Through this partnership, Caterpillar and FTP Solutions are instituting means to enable mines to move close to enterprise network availability in their operational technology,” Caterpillar’s mining technology group product manager Sean McGinnis said.
“When Cat MineStar products are installed with FTP Solutions’ Integrated Management System, the mining operation has full vision of office and mobile applications across their manual and automated MineStar sites. This insight provides the means to enhance network availability.”
FTP Solutions managing director Lachlan McMahon said the partnership enabled the company to create a single operational view to provide the most reliable critical networking environment possible.
“Providing this type of data transparency in real-time across an operational site will also deliver business benefits beyond existing support functions,” McMahon said.
Caterpillar and FTP Solutions have been working together to optimise wireless networks at mine sites running Cat Command, a capability set within Cat MineStar System. The companies will now apply these solutions to the networks installed at sites running other MineStar applications – Fleet, Terrain and Detect.
The effectiveness of the monitoring system and the collaborative effort is expected to deliver an improvement in the effort required to manage and maintain site networks, according to Cat.