Mining in Israel has historically not been a large-scale industry, aside from the ancient Timna valley mines that have been actively mined by humans since the era of King Solomon. However, Israel’s positioning as a center for advanced technology and innovation is well known worldwide, and is gradually being acknowledged by the mining industry as an excellent source of potential solutions.
The global mining industry is currently grappling with several challenges that bring issues of economic efficiency and environmental sustainability to the fore. There is a focused debate on the need to shift modern mining to a more sustainable framework to be environmentally friendly.
One of the new global trends in the mining industry is to move toward remote and autonomous mining. This includes remote vehicles that can be ‘driven’ from 100’s of miles away or even autonomous vehicles and equipment that can drive, operate, and ‘think’ for themselves. There is also a big push in the mining world today toward Command, Control, Communication, and Computer intelligence (4CI).
Although as mentioned above that Israel has no real mining industry it is in a position to solve some of the greatest challenges in this sector. This blog post features Israeli companies that are some of the largest System Integrators and provide cutting-edge innovative technologies that make mining operations efficient and environmentally sustainable.
INDUSTRY 4.0 AND A.I.
IOSight – IOSight is an innovator and a market leader in the field of infrastructure facility management. IOSight provides cost-effective, user-friendly BI/data management and reporting solutions for medium-to-large water and energy infrastructure facilities reducing costs, improving efficiency, increasing productivity, saving energy, and delivering regulatory compliance.
Pzartech – Pzartech develops a visual recognition technology that enables users of complex mechanical equipment to quickly identify parts using image processing and deep learning. The company aims to enable maintenance operators to receive information regarding the mechanical parts they are working on using cameras from smartphones and tablets.
Cognimine – Cognimine is the developer of autonomous driving and artificial intelligence technology for off-road vehicles. Its new autonomous haulage system component for mines has been integrated into intelligent trucks to replace human drivers, improving mines’ productivity and safety. Cognimine’s solution enables fleets of large autonomous trucks with inner communication and management among all trucks. Cognimine also provides a full suite of mine-conversion features including technology assimilation, training, and post-deployment services.
Simlat – Simlat is a leading provider of innovative, next-generation training solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These training solution systems enable training for any platform, payload, and mission. Simlat’s systems provide an astounding UAS training experience that boosts performance and safety while dramatically decreasing risk and expenses.
SENSORS, INSPECTION, AND RPA
Lingacom – Lingacom Ltd is a developer and manufacturer of scanners that can detect subatomic particles known as muons. The company supplies the entire platform, including the detectors and software. The technology is relevant to several industries and can be applied to object and material detection in vehicles, mapping for the mining industry, and detecting large geological objects. The muon is one of the most penetrative subatomic particles on earth. Lingacom’s technology offers a tomography that can detect a wide range of objects, from hidden cargo in trucks to underground formations. The company offers this radiation-free technology in detectors that can be paired with X-ray sensors.
Sightec – Sightec gives autonomous drones the ability to analyze and respond in real-time to what they see, enabling them to perform complex tasks. The company’s solution enables real-time vision processing through a set of algorithms that require minimal computational resources. The benefits of Sightec’s technology include autonomous detection and tracking, vision-based orientation and navigation, and real-time monitoring and inspection.
BIG DATA AND DATA INTEGRATION
Coralogix – Coralogix helps companies manage their log data and provides them with automatic insights at the machine and component level. The company provides a solution that makes sense of millions of log file records by recording the logs and then distilling them into categories. The Coralogix product stores raw data on Elastic search for visualizing and querying. It creates few alerts, with a low rate of false positives. The software is offered as a service and can be found on AWS and Azure. Its pricing is based on the amount of data sent to Coralogix by customers.
NooBaa – NooBaa brings a new architectural approach to customers with large-scale data storage challenges. NooBaa’s product is a software-based scalable-storage solution that is being described as “frictionless”. This frictionless experience also applies to the ongoing management of the archive, where the ability to automatically accommodate any host and media technology eliminates lock-in and technology risk. NooBaa’s innovation lies in the use of advanced metadata and machine-learning technologies, which are used to orchestrate data placement across resources to optimize for resilience, performance, security, and economics while reducing administrative complexity. NooBaa also supports the use of cloud resources as well as on-premise resources for true hybrid support.
Mining operations keep on getting complicated as well as regulations and demand for care of the environment hence new technologies are constantly been sought out to solve the problems modern mining operations pose.