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Avantec Delivers New Solution to Manpower Shortages in the Mining Industry

  • 29 December, 2007 16:49

<p>Avantec (, the Australian distributor of military grade mobile computing solutions has announced the Australian availability of a new mining industry solution designed to significantly improve employee productivity.</p>
<p>Strong demand for oil, gas, iron ore and other raw materials have led to endemic skills and manpower shortages in the Australian mining industry. To protect profit margins and expand production, mining companies are increasingly looking to increase productivity through the use of advanced technology, rather than simply relying on hiring additional employees.</p>
<p>Dave Cawsey, General Manager for Avantec commented, “The current mining boom has brought unprecedented manpower shortages. Many mining operations in Australia were built assuming that employees could be easily hired whenever needed, so the industry is rife with manual processes and inefficient workflows. Our new mining industry solution helps conquer hostile remote environments, while allowing key employee tasks to become highly automated.”</p>
<p>One of the difficulties encountered by the mining industry is the harsh environment in which work needs to be carried out. The extreme heat, dust, sun and difficulty in servicing equipment can have a major impact on business operations, so any technology deployment must deliver rock solid reliability.</p>
<p>Dave Cawsey commented further, “Our new mining industry solution uses some of the latest military grade technology. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to enormous improvements in technologies for handheld computers and in-vehicle systems. These new solutions integrate GPS functionality, and make it possible to deploy extremely sophisticated work scheduling and productivity focused applications. Head office and onsite management can use these technologies to directly monitor productivity and production, with systems able to be networked via a comprehensive range of wireless networking options.”</p>
<p>A key element of the new mining industry solution is the General Dynamics GoBook XR-1, which is a fully-rugged notebook computer featuring the Intel® Core™ Duo processor. The GoBook XR-1 offers DynaVue, a display technology that makes it possible to view a colour LCD screen in direct sunlight.</p>
<p>In-vehicle performance is an issue for the mining industry. With its shock-mounted hard drive, the GoBook is designed to be easily integrated into vehicles via an optional companion vehicle dock. The theft-resistant vehicle dock allows the GoBook to be locked securely into 4WD vehicles, trains, mining equipment, cranes, as well as many other mining industry specific vehicles.</p>
<p>The GoBook XR-1 is capable of working in temperatures of up to 60º C, and exceeds military standards for vibration resistance, dust and water ingress protection and humidity. With its impact absorbing bumpers, it can also survive a 90cm drop onto a hard surface, and comes with a liquid-resistant keyboard.</p>
<p>The new solution gives mining companies the ability to deploy applications to mining site employees that combine wireless networking with GPS. This allows mining companies to deploy automated systems for tracking employees and equipment across entire mine sites, which helps improve job scheduling, employee productivity, production rates, and employee safety.</p>
The GoBook XR-1 is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $6,325 inc GST.</p>
<p>Vehicle mounting options start from $1,100 inc GST, excluding installation charges.</p>
<p>GoBook solutions are distributed in Australia by Avantec (</p>
<p>About Avantec
Avantec ( is an Australian distributor of rugged mobile computing solutions. Founded in 2003, Avantec specialises in computing solutions involving vehicles, and situations where computers need to be used outdoors.</p>
<p>Media Contact:
Sebastian Rice, Silverspan, 02 9959 1991,</p>

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