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Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine

Newmont is the world’s first mining company to deploy fleet management technology enabled by Locata’s invention of  new ground-based alternative to GPS.  Over a period of several years, Leica Geosystems has tightly integrated Locata’s new technology into their Jigsaw family of mining applications.

In an side-by-side comparison in the deep South Pit at Boddington during 24-30 July, 2012, drilling rigs with Leica’s GPS+Locata technology achieved an average of 92%-99%% high accuracy positioning availability, compared to 41.0% availability for rigs with RTK-GPS-only positioning systems.  A stunning improvement to productivity.

Jigsaw Positioning System

Leica’s Jigsaw Positioning System – Powered by Locata (Jps) is the world’s only high precision positioning network that does not rely on, or require, GPS. Powered by Locata technology, Leica Jps provides “a new constellation of ground-based satellites” or alternative points of reference. These additional points of reference can be used in conjunction with, or completely independent of, the GPS satellite network.

Leica Jps provides an unprecedented level of reliability for high precision positioning in mining. Ground-based LocataLite transmitters are deployed, which augment conventional GPS systems. The LocataLites work without needing the additional corrections, communication or other assistance normally used for GPS high precision systems.

In mining, an industry which is increasingly reliant on GPS positioning, it is a common occurrence in deep pits and against high walls to experience signal blockage. With Leica Jps, this is no longer an issue, with Leica Jps supplementing, or replacing, the positioning network.

This revolutionary breakthrough is available for mining exclusively through Leica Geosystems Mining