Caterpillar has announced a new collaboration with Guardhat under which the two will offer safety technology via Cat dealers – as well as team up on a new wearable technology.
The companies are developing the new system, called Cat Connected Worker, that incorporates wearables to boost individual protections. The digital solution also provides event-based monitoring and mapping.
Bill Dears, who serves as Cat MineStar Solutions marketing manager, noted that as a component of Cat MineStar Detect’s safety capabilities, Connected Worker provides insight for safer operations and quicker response in the event of an emergency.
"We are pleased to work with Caterpillar to deliver 'smart' technology to enhance miners’ safety," added Indranil Roychoudhury, chief operating officer of Guardhat.
When the development is rolled out, Cat Connected Worker will provide precise locations for all workers to the mine monitoring system. It will also allow communication between individuals, teams and sites.
Data will additionally enable those tasked with monitoring personnel to understand the environment in near real-time.
Connected Worker will be supported by Cat dealers worldwide. Those dealers are already equipped to supply current Guardhat technology to surface operations, including hardhats, personnel tags, asset tags and smartphones.