Orange Business Services and diamond company De Beers Marine South Africa have jointly installed and tested a IoT solution to provide geofencing to maintain safe working distances for crew around the heavy machinery involved in marine diamond mining operations.
De Beers piloted the new solution on board the MV Mafuta, currently the world’s largest offshore diamond mining vessel owned and operated by Debmarine Namibia and operating up to 150 km off the coast of Namibia, in southern Africa.
Orange Business Services imported the Mafuta’s AutoCAD files and undertook an onboard site survey to map antenna locations to geofence a predetermined area on the vessel. De Beers has supplied wrist sensors to ten crew members. If one of the crew breached the geofenced area onboard the vessel, the ship’s bridge was alerted immediately.
De Beers Group Technology is exploring additional applications, such as a breach alert function to link the sensors directly to the mining machinery via a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) control system and PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), to facilitate a failsafe cut-off in the event of a breach in the geofence.
“This smart IoT solution developed with De Beers is a great example of innovating and co-creating with our customer. The geofencing pilot has proved successful in one of the most challenging heavy industrial environments,” said Keith Matthews, country manager for South Africa, Orange Business Services.