Chinalco’s Toromocho Mine Selects the Guardvant OpGuard System

Minera Chinalco Peru invests in fatigue monitoring to support commitment to mine safety.

TUCSON, Ariz., – February 20, 2014 – Guardvant, Inc., a provider of innovative mining technology will install the OpGuard, Operator Fatigue and Alertness Monitoring System, at the Toromocho mine in Peru. Safety is a core value of Minera Chinalco Peru, which operates Toromocho, and the deployment of the Guardvant technology supports Chinalco’s efforts to fulfill this core value. Toromocho is anticipated to be one of the largest copper projects in South America, and is expected to boost Peru’s output of the metal by 17% in 2014.

During a three month validation and comparison trial, the Toromocho operation validated the reliable performance of the OpGuard system on selected equipment, and will now deploy the systems on the entire haul truck fleet. Additionally, the less intrusive monitoring design and Guardvant’s service and support helped secure the order. OpGuard uses an infrared camera mounted in the cab to monitor facial and 3D head movements and percentage eyelid closure (PERCLOS). Sophisticated algorithms are applied to identify fatigue or distracted driving events, and monitoring tools such as a real-time alertness score may be displayed for each operator.

“Guardvant is committed to providing reliable technology to support our mining customers’ safety goals, and we look forward to continuing our work with Chinalco as they grow.” said Sergio Blacutt, Guardvant’s CEO. «Implementation of operator-based safety systems requires training and acceptance from mine managers and operators. OpGuard’s non-obtrusive technology has proven itself again to be a significant advantage when compared to technologies that require the operator to wear a device.»

Operator fatigue is widely recognized as a leading cause of mining accidents involving mining equipment. OpGuard’s fatigue monitoring technology is the technical foundation that enables mine managers to prevent accidents before they happen and gain a comprehensive view of fatigue-related events over time. Fatigue event data captured by OpGuard provides mine managers with verifiable information to be used as part of their fatigue risk management program.

Suite of Mining Technology Solutions
Guardvant’s suite of products improves safety in the mining environment while increasing productivity of operators and includes on-board applications for fatigue monitoring, collision avoidance and universal computing and communications. When combined, OpGuard and ProxGuard, which are installed on heavy equipment and light vehicle fleets, provide fatigue monitoring and improve the equipment operator’s situational awareness. The Guardvant universal computing and communications platform provides flexible options to streamline installation and use of multiple on-board applications regardless of the application brand. Each of these solutions help give mines situational data that is needed to enhance their decision-making process on safety-related protocols.

About Guardvant, Inc.
Guardvant was founded in 2010 and focuses on creating innovative technology solutions to help mines improve safety, productivity, and protect assets. The Guardvant team consists of personnel with proven and successful track records in the development of fleet management and high-precision GPS guidance systems used in the mining industry. Guardvant is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, and serves the global mining market.