Exyn Technologies announced in March during SME MINEXCHANGE 2022 that it has come together in partnership with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) device group Maestro Digital Mine to boost safety and production with the use of the fully autonomous ExynAero drone.
Specifically, according to the companies, the ExynAero can be utilized for exploring and mapping GPS-denied environments, and since it is equipped with Maestro’s IIoT gas sensor it has the capability for flights down drifts or into stopes to detect and localize hazardous gasses without putting personnel in danger.
Additionally, survey teams can easily add different gas sensors onto an ExynPak and mount it to the front of a truck or loader to capture the same gas sensor data while mapping drifts or moving ore, capturing critical data while not slowing down daily production.
The readings collected by ExynAI’s multi-sensor fusion capabilities while the robot is in flight can be displayed in real-time via a ruggedized tablet. The readings are then saved with precise coordinates within a high-fidelity point cloud and can be later exported and examined via various mining softwares.
“While [ventilation and sensor] innovations have saved countless lives, they don’t allow a manless inspection of the headings before re-entry or in emergency situations,” the companies jointly noted.
Exyn co-founder and CEO Nader Elm added that, in the future, buying an autonomous robot will be similar to online car shopping.
“Pick your airframe, your preferred level of autonomy, and add in any sensors that fit your specific need,” Elm said.
“The capabilities of ExynAITM multi-sensor fusion move autonomous robots out of boutique one-to-one use cases and into much broader applications. We’re very excited about our first integration with Maestro Digital Mine and look forward to continually improving worker safety below and above ground.”