Hivekit releases first vendor-agnostic OMS

German and UK-based software developer Hivekit has released a new vendor-agnostic Operations Management System (OMS) for the mining and metals industry.

Hivekit, a cloud-based platform that tracks people, vehicles, machines and data sources, can visualize them in a three-dimensional digital twin. It allows operators to assign tasks and commands and automates large parts of a mine’s operations.

“Most modern mines utilize a multitude of subcontractors, each with equipment from different vendors,” the company said. “This can make systems integration and coordination difficult and can result in lower overall operational efficiency.

“Hivekit has set out to tackle this challenge. Its operations management system, which is already in use across the urban mobility and agricultural industries, allows mine operators to take direct control of their site across vendors and data silos.”

With the OMS, operators can gain a real-time view of every movement on a site and drill down into machine-specific data with customizable user interfaces (UIs), making it easier to visualize metrics such as the load, speed and route of haul trucks, historic penetration rates for a shaft sinking machine, or security clearances and current tasks for site staff.

Hivekit also comes with a mobile app that tracks workers and the vehicles they are in, receive tasks and communicate with site managers.

“Here too, a custom interface builder makes it possible to create mobile UIs for metric display and location-specific data entry. This enables – for instance – environmental teams to collect pH values and conductivity metrics that can be exported and displayed as overlays in Hivekit’s digital twin,” the company noted.

“From there, operators can assign tasks and schedules which Hivekit automatically translates into individual commands and traceable assignments. It then allocates these, tracks their completion and provides a live overview of every activity.”

One of Hivekit’s features is its ability to track entities and assign tasks and routes autonomously using easy-to-write rules, making tasks like checking access privileges when contractors enter a secure zone or triggering ventilation-on-demand in headings, quick and accurate, and allowing human operators more time to focus on overall operational efficiency.

The Hivekit platform is vendor agnostic and comes with pre-built integrations as well as application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols that allow for easy connectivity with a wide range of vehicle and machine endpoints, data platforms and third-party hardware. The system is now available as a browser-based and mobile app for all operating systems and IT infrastructures.