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GroundProbe extends fleet with new vehicle-mounted monitoring system

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GroundProbe has extended its SSR system, which monitors mine walls, through the development of the SSR-Agilis.

Mounted on a vehicle, the SSR-Agilis is designed to be operational in minutes in active areas of mine sites, ensuring the safety of work crews working under high-risk slopes.

GroundProbe’s CEO Brian Gillespie said: “For many years, GroundProbe has been tailoring and extending its product range to ensure all the bases are covered in terms of customer need.”

“The company’s philosophy is about ensuring the right type of technology is recommended for the often-complex monitoring task at hand, because one size does not fit all.”

Gillespie continued: “This new system is purpose built for tactical monitoring; a fully-mobile and completely self-contained model of the industry’s trusted and well-respected technology.”

Since having commercialised the first SSR in 2001, the company has continued to develop the technology, ensuring each iteration and addition is reliable, accurate and fit for purpose.

The SSR-Agilis is a 3D real aperture radar that provides unique measurements that are less susceptible to contamination, crucial for safety-critical monitoring in high traffic work areas.

GroundProbe’s VP of Technology Lachlan Campbell said: “In high-risk active areas with heavy machinery and limited deployment options, pixel independence is crucial. With a 3D dish-radar, if the beam is pointing at the wall it measures the wall; when it is pointing at a truck, only that one pixel is affected. With Synthetic Aperture Radar, a truck can contaminate a much broader area, which is why an SAR was not chosen for this application.”

One of GroundProbe’s founders and current COO, Dr David Noon, said: “The safety record of Real Aperture Radars remains unblemished after more than 18 years of use, which is unmatched compared to all other slope stability monitoring technologies.”

The system is a completely self-contained unit, requiring no Wi-Fi, site communications or mine power to conduct monitoring, and features a range of warnings and alerts – local, remote and personal - that ensure evacuation in the shortest possible time if movement is detected.

SSR-Agilis systems are already in-pit and in operation, helping customers continue to work safely and efficiently.

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