No more lugging laptops for mine inspectors

New technology to make inspections easier for MSHA

Posted February 26, 2018

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rolled out a new technology system designed to make mine inspectors more efficient and effective. The Mobile Inspection Application System (Mobile IAS) allows inspectors to carry one item rather than having to juggle several items during an inspection.

The Mobile IAS replaces an 18-year old system that required mine inspectors to haul laptops, cameras, reference materials, and documentation along with them during inspections. The new application also securely stores important data and allows inspectors to transfer data.

MSHA says notable features of the Mobile IAS include:

  • A Windows-based, lightweight, semi-ruggedized tablet with a camera, video, voice recording, touch screen, digital pen, Bluetooth, and WiFi capability;
  • An application with photo capture and fillable, pre-populated forms.
  • Service-oriented architecture for efficient data transfer among devices and the MSHA Standardized Information System.

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