ABB recently announced the debut of ABB Mine Location Intelligence, powered by Mobilaris, a global provider of software for mobile location-based services. ABB said its Mine Location Intelligence is a product for location-based decision support that provides real-time positioning of vehicles, equipment and personnel in underground mines.

ABB Mine Location Intelligence has a Web-based user interface, making it accessible from almost anywhere, providing a 3-D view that shows location of assets and personnel in real time. It offers features for spatial search, navigation support, advanced data mining and analysis, creation and management of geofences, and is accessible online from anywhere.

According to the company, the service "opens a new dimension to personal safety," showing the nearest rescue refuge, the best emergency escape routes, and can also prevent workers from approaching dangerous areas by providing automated surveillance.

In addition, said ABB, the service can enhance productivity by providing real-time location information for production control and mine automation. It can increase collaboration between personnel by integrating voice, message and CCTV services.

"ABB Mine Location Intelligence will help customers to visualize their mining operations and reach a new level of situation awareness. This will change how mines are operated and will be an important tool for increased safety and production efficiency," said Patrik Westerlund, global product manager for integrated mine automation at ABB.

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