Elko Daily Free Press - Barrick orders new safety system
09/22/2010 - ELKO - Inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. today announced Barrick Gold Corp. will invest $16 million to install waySmart driver monitor systems in its fleet of vehicles worldwide after successful pilot projects at Nevada mines.
The global company stated that implementation already is under way at Barrick Gold of North America's Cortez, Bald Mountain and Ruby Hill operations in Nevada.
The plan is to fully deploy the inthinc system in 3,000 vehicles worldwide by this December, according to the announcement from inthinc, which doesn't capitalize its name.
The inthinc system provides specific real-time, in-cab voice alerts to drivers if they make an aggressive turn, speed or fail to buckle a seat belt. The alerts coach the drivers to correct the behavior and, if not corrected within the grace period, the system sends a message to the supervisor by e-mail or text message, according to Salt Lake City-based inthinc.
Barrick likes the "waySmart system clearly identifies which drivers are performing well and which drivers need more training," said Bruce Huber, Barrick's Toronto-based senior director of safety and health.
"It is a useful tool to coach drivers, encourage safe and cost-effective driving behaviors and prevent vehicle incidents," he said.
"From our first meeting with Barrick, we knew safety was one of the company's highest priorities," said Todd Follmer, chief executive officer of inthinc. "Our system will help the company make its current safety policies even more effective with in-cab driver mentoring, real-time alerts and driver performance reporting to help reduce vehicle incidents."
The waySmart system from inthinc can also provide a wide range of real-time and historical reports regarding vehicle positioning and trends for driver and fleet performance.
Also, a crash data recorder can trigger an immediate alert when a crash happens and provide court-admissible data to help determine the cause, according to inthinc.