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Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) awards Newtrax Collision avoidance patent

Newtrax Technologies Inc. awarded Canadian Patent for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Detection

Newtrax Technologies Inc. awarded Canadian Patent for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Detection

Montreal, QC – November 14, 2018 — The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) awarded Newtrax Technologies Inc., the leading provider of wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems to the global underground metal mining industry, Patent No. 2,887,511  for “Context-Aware Collision Avoidance Devices and Collision Avoidance System”. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2013.

Newtrax’s flagship MineProx proximity detection system which is deployed on all continents is based on this patented technology which was specifically developed to reduce the risk of collisions between machines and pedestrians in underground hard rock mechanized mines.

Unique features protected by this patent which was also filed internationally include:

  • Use of emergency buttons on cap lamps to request emergency stops from operators
  • Detection of unconscious worker to automatically request emergency stops from operators
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms based on status of cap lamps
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms based on status of equipment
  • Start of shift system integrity monitoring process

“Newtrax invests significant amounts in R&D every year to remain the market leader and filing for patents is part of our strategy to protect our investments.” said Alexandre Cervinka, President & CEO of Newtrax Technologies Inc.

Newtrax’s current portfolio of global patents and patents pending include several innovations specific to safety and productivity management in underground hard rock mines.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) awards Newtrax Collision avoidance patent
EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 – Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

In February 2015, the government of South Africa made unprecedented news when it amended the Mine Health and Safety Act, placing regulations related to mine machinery and equipment.

From 2004‐2009, 35% of fatalities at mine sites were due to vehicle interaction incidents and 53% of these involved pedestrians. In response to this data, South Africa’s amendment to their policies required employers to take reasonable and practicable measures ensuring pedestrians are prevented from injury from collisions with trackless mobile machines.

Despite South Africa’s response to the need for safer mines, the discussion to improve safety in mines began nearly a decade earlier between mine operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Mining companies recognized that OEMs can and have demonstrated improvements in equipment designs, especially when they have understood the operational and maintenance risks from the customer perspective. In 2005, this issue evolved into a formal global mining initiative, driven by a desire to fill the knowledge gap between customers and equipment designers whilst focusing on new designs where the opportunity for major change was not only possible but also more economic.

At that point, the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) was created. This initiative has led to productive dialogue and best practices based on the needs of both mining organizations and OEMs. Members include many of the world’s top mining companies, including Barrick, Glencore, Anglo American, and Rio Tinto.

And now Newtrax, the leading provider of IoT safety and proximity detection solutions for hard rock underground mining operations, is happy to continue collaborative dialogue and protocols as a key stakeholder of EMESRT.

EMERST L9 vehicle collision avoidance

EMESRT Vehicle Interaction Protocol Development

One of the projects EMESRT has been charged with is developing an open-architecture industry communications standard for proximity detection and vehicle interaction. In a 2015 workshop, the group of OEMs, proximity detection suppliers (PDS) and mining companies discussed a common protocol for communications between PDS and OEM devices in the mining industry.

Since its formation, EMESRT has established nine levels of Incident Preventative Controls.

  1. Site Requirements
  2. Segregation Controls
  3. Operating Procedures
  4. Authority to Operate
  5. Fitness to Operate
  6. Operating Compliance
  7. Operator Awareness
  8. Advisory Controls
  9. Intervention Controls

The ninth level (L9) of PDS solutions is the performance requirement best suited for Newtrax involvement in the group. L9 will help establish technologies that automatically intervene and take some form of machine control to prevent or mitigate an unsafe interaction.

According to a 2015 report from EMESRT, there are some levels of solutions for electric underground vehicles. Underground diesel machines have continued to lack interoperability. In fact, the development of proximity detection systems linked to the machine’s interface has been unique for each machine. This leaves a number of different challenges for operating mines. On any mine, there will never be only one brand/type of equipment. Hence the interoperability of the multiple relationships between the levels of sensing and intelligence/rules and the different vehicles is essential to achieve an overall mine site solution for the industry.

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Newtrax Awarded Patent from USPTO for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Warning

Newtrax Technologies Inc. awarded U.S. Patent for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Warning

Montreal, QC – March 28, 2016 — The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Newtrax Technologies Inc., the leading provider of safety and operations management systems to the global underground hard rock mining industry, Patent No. 9,566,908 for “Context-Aware Collision Avoidance Devices and Collision Avoidance System”. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2013.

Newtrax’s flagship MineProx system which is deployed on all continents is based on this patented technology which was specifically developed to reduce the risk of collisions between machines and pedestrians in underground hard rock mechanized mines.

Unique features protected by this patent which was also filed internationally (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Russia, China and Australia) include:

  • Use of emergency buttons on cap lamps to request emergency stops from operators
  • Detection of unconscious man/woman down to request emergency stops from operators
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms from passengers in vehicles and pedestrians in safe zones
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms from parked equipment
  • System integrity monitoring process

“This US patent consolidates our global patent protection for the cornerstone technology of our safety systems” said Alexandre Cervinka, President & CEO of Newtrax Technologies Inc.

Newtrax’s current portfolio of global patents and patents pending include several innovations specific to safety and operations management in underground hard rock mines.