To answer this question, we need to go back to what exactly IVMS constitutes – this in itself is a problem as the definition of IVMS has never been fully locked down. We get enough calls from contractors who are told that they need to get IVMS, but they often have no further detail. These are the questions that need to be asked when dealing with IVMS and we’d like to show if plug-and-play IVMS would meet the standard or not:
|Feature||General IVMS requirements||Plug-and-play IVMS|
|Driver id||Each driver needs to identify themselves||Can be done but is a bit messy as a cable needs to be attached to the device and the entire configuration then needs to be secured with cable ties.|
|Speed||Different speed zones often apply on mine sites; public road speed limits may also be enforced||Fully met|
|Harsh driving||Harsh acceleration, braking and cornering are detected and reported on||Full met|
|Seatbelt||Seatbelt sensors are fitted as part of many IVMS roll-outs||Does not comply|
|4×4 mode||Certain mines require drivers to engage 4×4 on dirt roads||Does not comply|
|Handbrake usage||Somewhat obsolete but some IVMS implementations still use this||Does not comply|
|Driver fatigue||Drive times are measured and drivers are mandated to rest||Fully met|
|Over-revving||Used to protect vehicles against damage||Does not comply|
|Excessive idle||Used to preserve fuel||Fully met|
|Satellite||Some IVMS implementations require satellite radios to be fitted for full visibility also outside 3G/4G||Does not comply|
|Driver notifications||IVMS units can be programmed to warn drivers of violation thresholds||Does not comply|
So, to ascertain as to whether plug-and-play IVMS meets the IVMS requirements of a mine site, one really needs to go back to what exactly constitutes IVMS on that particular site.
For advice and an assessment on your IVMS requirements you can call DigiCore Australia – leaders in Australian-wide IVMS since 2006!