GeoMoby and Topdrill collaborate to Protect heritage sites

Australian technology company GeoMoby has been contracted by Kalgoorlie-based mining services firm Topdrill’s wholly owned subsidiary JBC Contracting to roll out GeoMoby’s Protect technology to 30 drilling rigs across its operations.

It is the first time a large exploration drilling contractor will begin to incorporate GeoMoby’s global Protect technology fully into its operations.

In Kalgoorlie, Topdrill Drilling founder and Managing Director Tim Topham says the mining services company is known for challenging the industry with innovative solutions and thinking outside the ‘drill bit’.

“We have carefully researched GeoMoby’s extensive suite of Protect applications and believe it is top of its class. Its automatic reporting capability will immediately improve our ESG reporting for Topdrill’s mining clients.”

Topdrill was established in 2006 with one drilling rig and 4 employees and now has 310 staff and drills 840,000 RC and DD metres annually and runs 3 offices in Kalgoorlie and Perth.

GeoMoby founder and CEO Chris Baudia says the firm’s Protect technology is a key offering in its product line-up, which includes 3 main geolocation solutions for underground mining, surface mining, and cultural heritage protection.

“After years in development and testing, it is great to see Protect having a concrete start in the exploration industry in Western Australia. We believe our easy-to-use technology will soon become industry standard

“After years in development and testing, it is great to see Protect having a concrete start in the exploration industry in Western Australia. We believe our easy-to-use technology will soon become industry standard.”

GeoMoby’s Protect technology uses location services including GPS, fusion sensors, and its  own patented live tracking algorithms in order to geofence sites and trigger an alert if users enter or come within close proximity of a heritage site, even in remote areas with no connectivity. Receivers can be carried on-person, in vehicles, machinery or equipment, with the app compatible to most modern devices including smart phones and tablets.

The technology allows those operating on site to create or upload geofences on a map from any GIS systems, then define different alerts and triggers, while ensuring minimum drain on the device battery. Information is then uploaded to a cloud-based platform with replay features and reporting capabilities for compliance purposes.

Perth-based GeoMoby provides an all-in-one, visibility platform allowing real-time monitoring of assets and people. The company’s goal is to change the way businesses make decisions and reach people, to help businesses control their data and their future.

It was established in 2013 by founder and CEO Chris Baudia. GeoMoby’s leadership team is also consists of Mathieu Paul who was appointed as a Director and Head of Strategy in 2016. Paul oversees sales and marketing. In September 2021, Andrew Rouse – an experienced mining professional with a passion for enhancing the METS (Mining Equipment, Technology, and Services) sector, also joined GeoMoby as a Director. He helps develop strategic technology, software, and B2B partnerships.

GeoMoby employs 15 staff – most are software specialists and based in Perth, but some are located remotely.

In late 2022, GeoMoby undertook a capital raising of $3 million, and follows a round in 2021 when the company raised $1.25 million.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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