Today, mobile technology has penetrated almost in every major industry, and mining is no exception. Those changes that new mobile technologies bring to this industry should be perceived as the opportunity to improve and grow the industry.
Julie Tregurtha, the head of database and technology and mobility sales for Southern Africa at SAP, said that “one of the opportunities that can be integrated effectively into mining businesses and industry is the effective use of mobile technology to transform the mining industry.”
Mobile mining apps give the industry great opportunities providing workers with better information, replacing paper-based processes, reducing the risk of leaving necessary data out, and providing constant contacts between workers. As Julie Tregurtha said, “through the use of mobile technology and solutions, we are able to streamline operations, reduce the time between the phases of operation and tear down data communication silos because data that is needed for the workers on site can be easily accessed”. In fact, given the remoteness and rugged conditions of the mining industry, a mobile application is a good alternative or complement to costly hardware.
That said, mobile technologies in the mining is not just helpful for the efficiency of the workflow, but, according to a new report released by the Economists’ Intelligence Unite, 74% of mining company executives believe that mobile technology has saved lives. Also, the report has shown that 84% of mining executives report an improvement in health and safety hazard detection through the adoption and use of mobile technology. “Mobile technologies are proving to be central to achieving competitive goals, and, by preventing accidents, they are also helping mine operators respond to growing pressure from the public and regulators to improve their safety and environmental records.”
This way, mobile applications are transforming the mining industry along with the rest of modern life, playing their part to improve safety, productivity and workflow.