October 2019
Volume 71    Issue 10

Rethinking fleet and personnel management in the era of IoT, Big Data, gamification and low-cost tablet technology

Dessureault, Sean


Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2019) 36:591–596, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-019-0073-7

The mining industry has used fleet management systems (FMSs) for decades. These systems were developed long ago in large truck-and-shovel mines, where hardware sales were the core business driver for vendors. These traditional models can be overhauled in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, gamification and low-cost tablet technology. Relatively low-cost tablets are ubiquitous in modern life, and they are packed with communication radios and sensors like Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial measurement units used widely for games, fitness measures and navigation. These powerful computer devices provide the same, if not more, sensing capability than traditional fleet management hardware, all at a fraction of the cost and without complicated cables or challenging supply lines. 


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