To answer this question, we need to go back to what exactly IVMS/ GPS Tracking constitutes – this in itself is a problem as the definition of IVMS/ GPS Tracking has never been fully locked down. We get enough calls from contractors who are told that they need to get IVMS/ GPS Tracking, but they often have no further detail. These are the questions that need to be asked when dealing with IVMS/ GPS Tracking and we’d like to show if plug-and-play IVMS/ GPS Tracking would meet the standard or not:
|Feature||General IVMS requirements||Plug-and-play IVMS|
|Driver id||Each driver needs to identify themselves||Can be done but is a bit messy as a cable needs to be attached to the device and the entire configuration then needs to be secured with cable ties.|
|Speed||Different speed zones often apply on mine sites; public road speed limits may also be enforced||Fully met|
|Harsh driving||Harsh acceleration, braking and cornering are detected and reported on||Full met|
|Seatbelt||Seatbelt sensors are fitted as part of many IVMS roll-outs||Does not comply|
|4×4 mode||Certain mines require drivers to engage 4×4 on dirt roads||Does not comply|
|Handbrake usage||Somewhat obsolete but some IVMS implementations still use this||Does not comply|
|Driver fatigue||Drive times are measured and drivers are mandated to rest||Fully met|
|Over-revving||Used to protect vehicles against damage||Does not comply|
|Excessive idle||Used to preserve fuel||Fully met|
|Satellite||Some IVMS implementations require satellite radios to be fitted for full visibility also outside 3G/4G||Does not comply|
|Driver notifications||IVMS units can be programmed to warn drivers of violation thresholds||Does not comply|
So, to ascertain as to whether plug-and-play IVMS/ GPS Tracking meets the IVMS requirements of a mine site, one really needs to go back to what exactly constitutes IVMS/ GPS Tracking on that particular site.
For advice and an assessment on your IVMS/ GPS Tracking requirements you can call Digicore – leaders in Australian-wide IVMS/ GPS Tracking since 2006!