Downer uses augmented reality to track machinery

Downer's Nick Duggan.

Downer has introduced FleetAR technology to track heavy mining equipment, trucks and light vehicles across eight of its locations in Australia.

The technology, developed by Queensland business The Fleet Office, uses augmented reality to provide a real world, real-time view of the performance and scheduling of mining equipment in the field.

It aims to put more power in the hands of mining contractors to bring down operating costs and improve the reliability and efficiency of their equipment.

The Fleet Office managing director Jim Lee said FleetAR enabled users to simply point their smartphone’s camera at a piece of equipment and see every piece of data collected about that asset.

The program can display information collected by tracking software, as well as integrate with data from external construction software programs.

“FleetAR can detect assets working up to 100km away, showing information on costs, revenue, utilisation, efficiency – and even when the registration or next service is due,” Lee said.

“This innovation is really leading the way in fleet management technology. Thanks to augmented reality, there’s no need to stop machinery or wait for reports to be generated because everything is available in live-mode by simply pointing and shooting.”

The Fleet Office has also developed bespoke technology that monitors and reports on incorrect operation of assets to reduce unnecessary wear and tear for Downer.

“We’ve also partnered with Downer to develop advanced idle monitoring software which helps reduce the environmental impact of emissions as much as possible,” Lee said.

Downer field technician, innovation mining, Nicholas Duggan, said the company had been dealing with The Fleet Office since 2015.

“Their useful tools gather much-needed data, remotely and accurately, and their tailored reports offer convenient viewing of data for our business,” Duggan said.