Onboard Technology and Connectivity Working Group Status: November 2014
The T&C Working Group has reached a critical phase of their project, with Peck Tech Consulting presenting a proposed guideline for an API to enable inter-device connectivity on mobile mining equipment. The guideline includes both functional and non-functional requirements for the API; simply put, this guideline will describe “what” the API needs to be able to do (functional) and “how” the API must perform to achieve this (non-functional). The requirements defined in the guideline are comprehensive and will undoubtedly require some modification to meet the needs of all industry stakeholders.
The next step for the T&C Working Group is to develop a strategy for taking this guideline to the industry to facilitate engagement and solicit feedback on which requirements are “must haves”, which are “nice to haves”. The goal is also to determine which requirements are too complex, resource hungry or simply don’t add sufficient value and should not be included in the Guideline.
Given the importance of industry engagement to the long-term success of the API, the T&C Working Group plans to use major events such as SME and CIM as well as a series of targeted forums through the first half of 2015
Onboard Technology and Connectivity Working Group Status: June 2014
The Onboard Technology and Connectivity Working Group continues progress with its activities, specifically with development of the API model for device and display management.
Recently, they had a conference call to approve PeckTech to commence work on defining the API specifications as per the proposal they submitted and presented at CIM 2014. This work will be undertaken through the summer, with the draft specifications document expected.
The group has received new members both during and after its recent activities at CIM 2014.
2013 has been a year of visible progress for the Technology & Connectivity Working Group. We continue to receive growing industry-wide appreciation in support of the direction that we are taking.
Early in the year, the T&C WG identified the API model as having the potential to meet the needs for all mining user groups. To validate the model, we tested the API approach against the advantages/disadvantages of each user group (as had been previously documented by the T&C WG) – which further built our confidence that the API model would meet our needs. The API model was presented to the industry at the CIM National Convention in Toronto in May, with positive feedback and an increase in participation in the T&C WG.
The next step in the development of the API model brought the T&C WG in very close alignment with the SA WG as a Proof of Concept (PoC) Unified Interface (UI) was developed using an API framework. The PoC UI was demonstrated at the World Mining Congress in Montreal in August, again to a positive reception that resulted in feedback and increased enthusiasm for participation in the GMSG.
Following on from these successes, the T&C WG has commenced a project to define a detailed Functional Requirements document for a standard API to address both device and display management. Device management will enable seamless connectivity with onboard devices, while the Display Management component will enable applications to be shared on a Unified Interface (which is the focus of the SA WG). This project is expected to be completed in time for the Requirements Document to be presented to industry for review and feedback by the 2014 CIM National Convention in Vancouver in May.
As always, participation in the T&C WG is voluntary and on top of the day to day activities of all participants – so a big thank you to all who contributed their time, expertise and insight in 2013!
Whilst the Asset Management Working Group is focused on “WHY the mining industry need standards for on-board data connectivity” and the Onboard Data and Access Working Group is focused on the “WHAT data is available from onboard technology,” the Onboard Technology and Connectivity Working Group has the objective of defining “HOW access to data can be made transparent for all stakeholders.”
Our objective is to define how ALL stakeholders can access the data available from intelligent on-board devices.
The Onboard Technology & Connectivity Working Group builds on efforts by the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART) to address challenges that arise with the use of proprietary technologies onboard the mining fleet.
The Working Group continues to seek participants from all sectors of the industry.