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Bosch MIC1 cameras provide mission-critical surveillance for Australia’s largest coal mining company
Bosch MIC1 cameras stabilized, reinforced internal components resist shock, vibration and shuddering
Bosch MIC1 cameras are IP68 sealed to protect against water and dust ingress

MIC1 helps Australian mine move the Earth

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Australia’s largest coal miner and exporter, was losing AUS $8,000 per hour in unrecoverable downtime, when cameras on its dragline excavators failed. In order to meet the requirement for constant video surveillance monitoring during dragline operation, MIC1 cameras from the Bosch Extreme CCTV series were selected to meet the challenge of this very difficult application. Today, the cameras provide mission-critical surveillance to ensure uncompromised safety of the crew and equipment. Thriving at the Goonyella Riverside mine, a location that ruined conventional pan-tilt-zoom cameras in a mere four weeks, the MIC1 cameras deliver absolute performance in this extreme environment.

Problem: Challenging conditions take out conventional PTZ cameras

  • Rough motion, shudder and vibration of dragline excavator
  • Onboard cameras physically destabilised
  • Dry, dusty environment
  • Fine coal dust breaches environmental seal of the cameras, despite claimed extreme environment performance and specifications
  • Dust gathers inside the dome, badly degrading picture quality

Solution: MIC1 - brutally tough design for brutally tough environments

  • Stabilised, reinforced internal components resist shock, vibration and shuddering
  • IP68 sealed to protect against water and dust ingress
  • Small, flat wiper-equipped window prevents dust build-up
  • Robust, brutally tough design ensures excellent stability

Results: Reliable performance pays dividends

  • Eliminates costly and unrecoverable downtime of AUS $8,000/hour
  • Outperformed conventional cameras typically ruined in four weeks
  • Relieved maintenance department of time-consuming repairs
  • Helped ensure safety of work crew and equipment
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