ProxGuard GPS Helps South African Mines Comply with New Safety Regulations

TUCSON, Ariz., – June 18, 2015 — Guardvant, Inc., a global leader of innovative mining technology, has released the ProxGuard GPS Collision Avoidance System to address new requirements in South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources, Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act. No 29 of 1996). ProxGuard GPS provides 360-degree collision avoidance protection around vehicles (light vehicles and heavy equipment) by using GNSS and peer-to-peer communications to provide bi-directional notification of each vehicle’s presence.

ProxGuard GPS has audible alerts in the cab and offers a video screen that displays trajectory, speed and other movement information to increase the operator’s situational awareness. As with all Guardvant solutions, transactional event data is collected and can be used to determine when, where and how often events occur for reporting and procedure development.

“Guardvant continues to rise to the challenges facing mines to operate safely and efficiently, and comply with regulations by providing the tools they need to keep mine employees and contractors safe. Implementation of our systems will not only prevent accidents but also provide mines with actionable data that can help improve procedures and policies,” said Sergio Blacutt, Guardvant’s CEO.

The new regulations, effective in 2015, outline scenarios where there is significant risk of collisions for any machine that is not on rails and describes measures that mines need to take for automatic detection and alerting of operators to other vehicles in close proximity. Guardvant’s ProxGuard Collision Avoidance System, which uses a combination of radar, cameras and GPS, has been helping heavy equipment operators avoid close-proximity accidents and with the addition of the ProxGuard GPS close-proximity detection for light vehicles is now available.

Suite of Mining Technology Solutions
Guardvant’s suite of products improves safety in the mining environment while increasing the productivity of operators through on-board applications. Mines see the maximum benefit when both, OpGuard, Operator Fatigue and Alertness Monitoring System, and ProxGuard are installed. These two systems improve operators’ situational awareness, prevent fatigue-related and close-proximity accidents, and reduce maintenance costs on equipment. The Guardvant Mobile Server on-board computer and Guardvant Managed Mobile Router communications platform provide flexible options to streamline installation and the use of multiple on-board applications regardless of the application brand.

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 mining technology that is used throughout the industry. With sales and support offices around the world, Guardvant serves the global mining market. Follow Guardvant on Twitter and LinkedIn.