South32 keeps watch of technology risks

Cannington. Image: South32.

South32 chief technology officer Vanessa Torres has credited technology for enabling the company to develop natural resources.

Torres, speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, said South32 remained committed to changing lives through its operations for now and generations to come.

South32 implemented its integrated risk and event platform, Global 360, this year, enabling the company to have all its operations and locations working in a single risk framework.

The platform gave South32 an enterprise-wide view of its risks and commitments, according to Torres.

“South32 captures its innovation, improvement and technology initiatives in a single system to ensure that we know what we’re working on, to make sure we prioritise the right projects and to make our world safer and more productive,” Torres said.

“We prioritise user experience, productivity and service delivery. And, we are investing in network connectivity and core platforms. Of course, we manage our risks through a comprehensive cyber-security platform.”

South32 has also partnered with Telstra to design and deliver Australia’s first underground 4G network at its Cannington silver, lead and zinc mine in Queensland.

The network will drive improved safety, automation and mechanisation at the site and will connect staff to vehicles and sensors around the mine at all times.

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