UK-based ABD Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia-based Jevons Robotics to integrate its autonomy and communications platform, Indigo Drive, with Jevons Robotics’ suite of automation-enabled industrial electric vehicles.
These vehicles will be operated autonomously and supervised from a central control room improving safety and streamlining the mining process, both operationally and financially, ABD says.
Todd Peate, CEO of Jevons Robotics, said: “We are delighted to announce a long-term partnership with ABD Solutions, a globally regarded automation company with substantial experience working with autonomous mining solution providers. We are focused on changing the way the world currently works in hazardous environments. We are working with several mining companies to deploy payload-agnostic driverless electric vehicles to operate safely, efficiently, and sustainably within hazardous working environments.”
Peate said the Jevons Robotics team will be working closely with ABD Solutions, leveraging its knowledge and experience for the benefit of its partners and the industry.
“The automated electric vehicle solution brings significant improvements to safety by removing people from high-risk work areas, as well as providing increased operational efficiency and employee engagement,” he added.
ABD Solutions Managing Director, Matthew Price, said: “We very much look forward to working with Jevons and forming a long-term partnership. We have experience implementing automation across a huge range of vehicles, including electric, so our solutions are great fit for Jevons.”
With a focus on safety, Indigo Drive enables site operations to become more efficient and safer by limiting employee exposure to extreme, dangerous and often unpredictable environments, ABD says.
Back in August, ABD signed an agreement with AIM- and TSX-listed Amaroq Minerals Ltd to investigate the potential for the introduction of vehicle autonomy systems for various mining vehicles at the Nalunaq gold mining project site in Greenland.