Innovation has become an almost overused buzzword but, of course, innovation is nothing new and there are many examples of highly innovative companies throughout history. However, the pace of change of technology has seen an increased focus on innovation across all industries in recent times.
The current challenges in the resource sector mean that mining companies need to aggressively pursue opportunities to cut costs and improve productivity, and innovation is key to those efforts. Successful METS companies are highly innovative and are collaborating with miners to provide these solutions.
It is great to see Telstra join in and focus on providing the tools to enable miners to embrace technology and use of data on mine sites.
“This downturn has created a once in a lifetime shift, where miners are looking to technology innovation to help them future-proof their operations.” As miners tighten their belts, the resources sector in general is looking to technology solutions to eke out greater efficiencies in workforce, supply chain and delivery management. While telecommunication providers have provided the basic connectivity to miners for quite some time, Mr Keenan said the mining services initiative provided Telstra with a unique opportunity to move up the value chain. “We will be focused on helping our mining customers drive better business outcomes by significantly improving in-shift staff and asset productivity,” he said.