First meeting hosted in Italy by project leader Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Barcelona, February 2020
The kickoff meeting of the EIT RawMaterials project AMICOS was held in Trento, Italy, on 11 February at the premises of the research centre Fondazione Bruno Kessler, leader of the project.
AMICOS (Autonomous monitoring and control system for Mining Plants) is a new project awarded almost 2.5€ million over three years by the EIT RawMaterials, an initiative of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union.
The launch of AMICOS is another milestone in the EIT strategy supporting the European Green Deal with a focus on raw materials to secure Europe’s industrial leadership and sustainable future.
AMICOS kickoff meeting in Trento, Italy
Focus on tailings dams monitoring
Digital mines use technologies developed by the so-called Industry 4.0 (fourth industrial revolution) for more efficient, sustainable and safer operations.
Most of these innovative and emerging technologies are included in AMICOS. The project main objective is to offer an end-to-end solution that enhances the monitoring of mining operations. Special focus is placed on improving tailings dams and pipeline monitoring, as well as on the predictive maintenance of mining equipment, such as conveyor belts.
“We are going to be working with Internet of Things (IoT) technology, drones, autonomous ground and aerial vehicles, advanced data analytics, and decision-making tools based on Artificial Intelligence, to name a few,” explains Denis Guilhot, senior EU project manager at Worldsensing. “The use of these advanced technologies will mean key benefits for the mining operators: improve workforce safety, reduce maintenance and monitoring costs, and create more sustainable mines. We are tackling the issues raised by the mining industry itself.”
Direct involvement of mining groups as project partners
AMICOS is built upon a strong team of experts that includes research organisations, technology providers and mining companies.
Andrea Bartoli, Worldsensing’s head of innovation, says “In AMICOS the direct involvement of mining groups, like ArcelorMittal, Atlantic Copper and KGHM, as project partners ensure the relevance of the project outputs. Nowadays mining groups are very ambitious with their technological aspirations to manage risk in operations. We are very excited about this new EIT RawMaterials project and look forward to contributing to sustainable mining and environment protection with our technology.”
This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.