Trimble Navigation has acquired privately held Mining Information Systems (MIS), headquartered in Perth, Australia. The acquisition, said Trimble, will add enterprise-level information management capabilities to its portfolio of mining solutions, offering the prospect of improved productivity, profitability, and safety by providing a more complete view of geospatial, productivity, workforce and cost data. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MIS provides information systems for data required for enterprise-wide monitoring and management of mining and ore processing operations. MIS systems collect and integrate data across functional areas and sources, regardless of data origin. This capability, said Trimble, when combined with its geospatial solutions, can provide increased mine productivity through the aggregation, analysis and presentation of information that enables better decision making for mining customers.

"Productivity applications in functional areas such as drill and blast, haulage, and materials processing have improved operational efficiencies, but the value of this data has not been fully realized since it is not readily collected and integrated for a complete, site-wide view. MIS offers an enterprise-level system that unlocks data and metrics from across functional areas for a complete view of mine productivity and profitability for decision makers across planning, operations and finance," said Nathan Pugh, business area director of Trimble's Mining Division. "Trimble offers high levels of accuracy in geospatial solutions today, and with the enterprise-level mine information platform, we can increase the use and value of geospatial data and other data sources for our customers."

MIS said its solution suite is modular with systems for mine production, processing operations, human resource management, and a Web-based portal for access and administration. According to the company, the systems are flexible, scalable and are not restricted by mining methods, commodities, time zones, language, currencies, units of measure, existing software, hardware and network infrastructure.

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