Northern Ontario mining operations could become more efficient and safe thanks to an improved solution developed by a Sudbury-based software company.

Symboticware received a $100,000 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to develop an improved version of its SymView software, which allows mining companies to access important data, such as machinery performance and ground stability, in real-time.

The grant will cover about 40 per cent of the cost to develop and implement the software solution, said Symboticware's president and CEO Kirk Petroski.

“The money will allow us to basically have the resources internally staffed to build this new software,” Petroski told Northern Life.

The remaining $150,000 for the project was provided by industry partners and Symboticware's own investments in research and development.

“To me it's a very good market opportunity,” Petroski said about the project. “It provides reliable data, it provides real-time data and it's manageable.”

Any mine manager or supervisor can access data on their smart phone, tablet or computer through an online SymView portal. The data the software collects, for existing Symboticware technologies, can also be added to the companies' larger data management systems.

The SymView software can also interpret data from other Symboticware products, including its SymBots and and Speed Guard technologies.

The SymBot is a device that connects to underground machinery, such as scooptrams, and measures everything from engine parameters – such as oil pressure – to air quality.

The Speed Guard device, also attached to scooptrams, controls their speed by limiting an operator to a speed limit set by the mining company.

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