Technology Investment Priorities in African Mining, 2014

Date: 2015-09

“Overall trends in the data revealed:

•The majority of respondents plan to increase investments in fatigue management software and collision avoidance/proximity detection technologies.
• 60% or more of mines have already invested in mine management-related software and technology.
• Technology with the lowest presence on sites include real-time video training, and remote-control equipment/machine automation.
• Environmental monitoring investments are set to increase for those working in coal and precious metal mines.
• Only 12% of respondents currently use autonomous vehicles, and only 6% are planning to implement autonomous vehicles on site in the coming two years.
• South African mines have a higher rate of planned investments in vehicle-related technology than other African nations.
• Safety is the number-one driver of technology investment. No matter how data analyzed, safety continually drives the need to invest in technology.”

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