Evolving software and hardware technology for the mining industry is creating smarter ways of working with mobile devices in the field. Smartphones are increasingly being adopted for field data capture as the range of apps increases and smartphone technology improves. Find out how new mobile apps and smartphones are bringing a new dimension to mobility in the field.
Smartphones are an increasingly attractive option for mining and exploration companies. They are lighter and smaller in comparison to the often cumbersome and heavy range of ruggedised field devices available today. Extra load often gets added to field workers who need to use add-on devices for barcode scanning or location tracking. Carrying a few extra devices may not sound like much, but add set-up times across all devices ensuring they interface with each other, times that by a few hundred workers in the field – and it all starts to add up. More devices also means more money spent on equipment and then additional time and resources to use and maintain.
Miners and explorers using conventional field devices are often limited to using software that only works on one type of operating systems and this is usually Windows. This can result in:
Tablets need to be brought in from the field and manually updated by IT staff for every new version of software rolled out. Recalling tables from the field is time-consuming, IT-intensive and expensive. Companies often start to skip upgrades and stay on older versions of software which means they don’t get to take advantage of major improvements introduced in software releases.
If you can only use one type of operating system on your field device, there is a high chance it doesn’t have a direct integration with your central database. Non-integrated systems means there are often extra and manual steps required for feeding data back into the corporate database. Once manual activities are introduced in your data capture process and not maintained effectively, data errors can creep in, minimising data integrity and data confidence.
All of this starts to contribute to less than optimal way of collecting data from the field.
acQuire’s next software release, GIM Suite 4.1, introduces a new field data capture mobile app which is available for both android and iOS operating systems.
This is good news for GIM Suite users who can start to take advantage of a range of benefits for greater data capture mobility:
The new mobile app, called acQuire Arena, is available soon from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. acQuire customers who upgrade to GIM Suite 4.1, can start using the app with their appropriate GIM Suite licences. As soon as a data capture form created and shared by the database manager is synchronised to the smartphones, your teams can collect field data.