Sepura has launched AutoMate, a new application set to improve both operational performance and staff safety at mining sites.
By enabling TETRA radio automation through geofencing and situational triggers, AutoMate is functional, fast and efficient, optimising communication and data sharing between control-room staff and those in the field.
With a flexible set up, AutoMate can be tailored to fit users’ operational workflows. The automations are versatile and can be curated according to logic or priority, while instant amendments can be made if circumstances require.
Sepura worldwide sales director Terence Ledger believes AutoMate will improve workflow and productivity at mine sites.
“The key to AutoMate is its flexibility. Fleet administrators can choose the triggers and the radio actions they need to keep their staff safe and their operations running efficiently,” Ledger said.
“For example, a mining organisation can ensure that radio users moving across sites can be on the right talk group based on their location and can allow remote gates to be opened based on pre-approved devices.”
Ledger said with versatility comes greater safety – something all mining operations are striving towards.
“If they [the radio users] found themselves in a dangerous situation, perhaps mistakenly entering a blast zone, then both the user and the wider teams can be instantly notified, improving the safety on site,” Ledger continued.
“Similarly, a utilities organisation might use Bluetooth beacons to trigger warnings to staff when they enter restricted areas, and an ambulance organisation might have their radios set up to automatically change to direct mode when in underground or remote locations, ensuring communications are constantly maintained.”
Using the TETRA network, any alerts or warnings can be shared with key personnel to improve situational awareness, while on-screen notifications provide users with up-to-the-minute understanding of any safety risks.
AutoMate is available to current users on Sepura’s SC Series of handheld and mobile radios. No upgrade is required for existing devices or network infrastructure.