Newtrax Technologies Inc – a leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines – has been selected by Fresnillo PLC’s Fresnillo mine to provide an advanced Personnel & Vehicle Tracking system and Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions.This is Newtrax’s fourth deployment in a Fresnillo PLC mine, after Saucito, San Julian, and Cienega. The Fresnillo operation, located in Zacatcas, Mexico, is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating mines; producing 33% of the Group’s total silver in 2015 and generating 20.1% of total adjusted revenue.The Newtrax Safety system will be deployed on 2566 Personal Safety Devices and Bi MET will be installed on 260 Mobile Equipment.“Fresnillo PLC, has made a commitment to its employees and contractors that all their operations will be safe and productive, with zero incidents. To achieve this goal, we decided to apply innovative technologies such as Newtrax to fulfill our promise of having the safest and most productive underground mine possible” said Carlos Vidales, General Manager, Fresnillo mine.The Safety and Productivity solutions that will be deployed at Fresnillo mine include:Proximity warningPersonnel & Vehicle trackingMan DownMine-wide Evacuation notificationAnti Collision Emergency Stop systemMobile Equipment Telemetry system“It’s fantastic to see Fresnillo’s flagship mine finally join the Newtrax journey. We’ve seen our products and solutions bring significant value to Fresnillo’s sister mines so we are confident that this deployment will only strengthen their mission to becoming the safest and most productive mine in Latin America” said Boris Burgos, Sales Director, Newtrax Latin America.Deployment of the mine-wide system will start in Summer 2018.
If you’re planning on driving in the EU this summer, you might find a new app outlining the local road safety information by country very useful.The ‘Going Abroad’ app, released today by the European Commission, details regulations for speed, alcohol and drug limits, as well as mandatory safety requirements around the EU. For example, rental cars in Malta must have a fire extinguisher on board, while drivers in Belgium must wear a safety vest when working on broken-down vehicles on motorways or roads where stopping/parking is prohibited.Other useful road safety information provided on the app includes details on which lanes are forbidden for stopping in or are reserved for particular road users, such as trucks or farm vehicles.The free iPhone, Android and Windows smartphone app also carries a quiz game for drivers to test their new-found knowledge of EU road safety regulations.EU Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said that while the summer holiday period is the busiest on Europe’s roads, “many people don’t realise that rules and road signs differ across the EU”.July and August are the most dangerous months on EU roads, with an average of 50% more road deaths compared to the ‘safest’ month, February.