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IAI and Bis Introduce New Cutting-Edge Mining Automation Business

By Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, September 28, 2020

IAI and Bis Introduce New Cutting-Edge Mining Automation Business

In a new partnership, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Bis have announced the launch of Auto-mate, a new company that will offer autonomous systems for mining operations.

FREMONT, CA: The joint venture partnership combines the demonstrated operational experience of Bis in the mining sector with IAIs industry-leading in autonomous technologies. IAI has been designing and deploying robotic and autonomous vehicle and asset solutions for air, sea, and land for over four decades. Bis, is a leading Australian resource logistics, is renowned for delivering innovative logistics and equipment solutions to mining customers for more than 100 decades. 

IAIs proven automation technology for operating in heavy off-road vehicles in remote and harsh environments has been in use since the early 2000s, was deemed to be a good fit for applications in mining operations. Offering fully scalable and adaptable levels of automation, Auto-mate will provide technological solutions tailored to each mining operations requirements. With an open architecture model, Auto-mates system can connect any asset to the fleet management system, regardless of the level of automation, type, brand, or age of the investment.

IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, Yoav Turgeman says, "The interoperable and scalable system is the perfect union of cutting-edge technology and practical applications. Auto-mate will deliver a flexible approach to automation, delivering usability for multiple levels of automation across all haulage assets and ancillary equipment, with one central command center."

The joint venture enables a broader sector of the mining industry to access the benefits of autonomy in its operation through advanced technology that enhances safety and productivity, whilst allowing the full user control of their data to optimize their mining operation further.

Bis CEO, Brad Rogers said, "The team was excited to join forces with another leader in innovation to bring this offering to the Australian and global market. We are thrilled to be working alongside IAI on this industry first for mining automation. The flexible and scalable solution is designed to be the ultimate partner in mine site automation, with the ability to grow with the users operation."

With more than 20 years’ experience in the energy and mining sectors globally, Auto-mate CEO Daniel Poller is well-placed to lead the launch of the joint venture based in Perth, Australia. Understanding the industry's challenges, Auto-mate CEO Daniel Poller, said "I am honored to head up such an innovative company with solutions that are well-positioned to address these challenges. Auto-mate is set to make a significant impact on the mining and automation sector and will ultimately enhance safety and efficiency outcomes for our customers. I am thrilled that we can bring it to the Australian market."

Offering more than just technology, IAI is a leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains. IAI provides customers with tailored, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face.

Standing at the forefront of global technology to ensure the prosperity of its employees and partners, IAI pushes the boundaries by leveraging extraordinary human capital, exceptional technological capabilities, and a bold business mindset. The combination of IAIs leading ability in autonomous technology solutions and Bis demonstrated experience in mine site logistics and supply chain management delivers the perfect combination of expertise to Auto-mate.