Brazilian appointment beefs up Worldsensing’s mining capabilities

Barcelona, August 2020

Automation engineering expert Leonardo Vidigal joins sales team as interest grows in using Loadsensing technology for safety


Barcelona, Spain, 4 August 2020: The industrial Internet-of-Things leader Worldsensing has appointed automation engineering expert Leonardo Vidigal Meireles to the position of technical sales specialist in Brazil. 

The appointment signals Worldsensing’s growing commitment to the Brazilian mining sector, which is poised to lead the world in the deployment of digital technologies to improve the safety of its operations.

Worldsensing mining expert based in Brazil

Vidigal, who joins from IHM Stefanini after a 15-year career working with mining giants such as Vale and Samarco, will focus on helping Brazilian mining companies comply with new regulations imposed by the country’s National Mining Agency.
In particular, Vidigal will work alongside Fernando Pérez Gutiérrez, Worldsensing sales manager for Latin America and Africa, on the deployment of Worldsensing’s wireless Loadsensing technology, which aims to improve mine and tailings dam monitoring.

Loadsensing is already being used to improve safety in 95 mines across 25 countries, including Australia, Chile, Colombia and Peru,” said Pérez. “But we believe Brazil will lead the next wave of digitization in mining, which is why Vidigal’s appointment here is so important.”

The Brazilian mining community is already moving quickly to adopt new technologies that will improve operational safety and efficiency.

Growing relevance of wireless monitoring in LATAM

The last two years have seen Worldsensing’s equipment being certified by Brazil’s National Agency for Telecommunications and Worldsensing being admitted to the Brazilian Mining Association (Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração or IBRAM in Portuguese).

More recently, the leading Brazilian mining firm Vale collaborated with Worldsensing on an educational webinar on mine safety, underscoring the company’s commitment to state-of-the-art monitoring technology.

Vidigal has been instrumental in deploying some of Brazil’s most advanced monitoring systems, for example working as an architect on a project to install Loadsensing technology across 22 tailings dams.

The system was found to be 30% more cost effective than the next-best option, based on hardware spendings alone. “Joining Worldsensing is a natural step given my background in mining-related automation engineering and digital transformation,” said Vidigal.

“This is a key time in the evolution of safety processes in mining and I’m looking forward to building a team here and helping Brazilian miners benefit from market-leading long-range wireless technologies such as Loadsensing.”

About Loadsensing by Worldsensing

Loadsensing is the leading wireless monitoring system by IoT pioneer Worldsensing. The system enables real-time data acquisition of geotechnical and structural sensors allowing mining operators to connect and wirelessly monitor tailings dams and excavations in 95 mines across 25 countries. Worldsensing collaborates with a variety of technology partners in the monitoring and mining industry to offer a global solution for safety monitoring and risk management in mines.

About Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the infrastructure monitoring expert serves customers in more than 70 countries, with a network of global partners to jointly drive safety in mining, construction, rail and structural health.

Worldsensing is headquartered in Barcelona and has a local presence in the UK, North and South America, Singapore, Australia and Poland. Investors include Cisco Systems, Mitsui & Co, McRock Capital, ETF, Kibo Ventures and JME Ventures.

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