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IVMS in difficult times – a good idea or not?

IVMS in difficult times – a good idea or not?

IVMS comes cheaper than what it used to, but it is still is an expense and, in difficult times, should this perhaps be cancelled or at least deferred? Definitely not! One of our major clients in Queensland turned their IVMS off when the coal price collapsed around 2010. No sooner…
Commercial Grade Dash Cameras

Commercial Grade Dash Cameras

  The difference between what would be considered consumer grade and what would be deemed commercial grade can sometimes be hard to define. In most definitions it comes down to being fit for purpose, but what does this really mean? Commercial grade equipment tends to require higher quality parts designed…
Personnel tracking

Personnel tracking

  In today’s day and age, government legislation has caused companies to become highly vigilant towards their responsibilities regarding the safety and wellbeing of their staff. It’s little wonder that OH&S has become such a big focus in so many sectors. This responsibility is particularly evident within the mining and…
IVMS: renting or buying outright?

IVMS: renting or buying outright?

The most common enquiry is for portable IVMS from subcontractors that win short-term mining contracts, but we also get enquiries for people that want to rent units that are semi-permanently installed into vehicles. We sometimes get asked by our IVMS customers if they can rent units from us. We understand…
Network coverage for IVMS and asset tracking – how do they differ?

Network coverage for IVMS and asset tracking – how do they differ?

  As a supplier of IVMS we are often facing the difficult situation of having to recommend and select the correct product to match the available network coverage. Outside the capital cities of Australia 3G/4G can sometimes be unreliable and in more isolated parts of the country outright unavailable, yet…
Why we don’t recommend the use of satellite navigation and especially messaging screens linked to our IVMS.

Why we don’t recommend the use of satellite navigation and especially messaging screens linked to our IVMS.

People often believe IVMS GPS tracking and satellite navigation go hand-in-hand. There seems to be some confusion that somehow they are the same thing in different forms. The reality is though, they couldn’t be more different. Whilst it is true that both IVMS and satellite navigation utilise GPS information, their…
Portable IVMS. A fantastic solution, but there are a few trade-offs.

Portable IVMS. A fantastic solution, but there are a few trade-offs.

As more mining, and gas sites across the country push for mandatory IVMS for any vehicle entering their site, contractors are being told they must comply to work there. This sounds like a fairly reasonable request on the face of it, but sometimes contractors only have a very short-term contract…
IVMS: which is best, the cheaper or more expensive option?

IVMS: which is best, the cheaper or more expensive option?

There are many very expensive and advanced IVMS systems and suppliers in the market today. A high-end mining IVMS unit with an Iridium radio could easily set an unsuspecting contractor back more than $2,000. These IVMS systems are great as they will tell their owners where vehicles are all the…
The challenges of IVMS in the Outback

The challenges of IVMS in the Outback

  Part of managing a dynamic IVMS implementation is the vendor’s ability to communicate with the IVMS device via 3G/4G. Setting can be changed “over the air” i.e. by communication directly with the device configuration via the SIM card. Top-end IVMS devices for instance run scripts that will enforce driving rules.…
IVMS and vehicle tracking are not exactly the same

IVMS and vehicle tracking are not exactly the same

In Vehicle Monitoring System’s (IVMS) is not simply a fancy term for tracking, it is far more. IVMS is a tool to aid in safety and compliance and it is designed to monitor staff and contractors, and to ensure they adhere to site safety regulations with regard to elements such…