Ramjack acquires underground drone company, Inkonova
Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA – South African mining technology company, Ramjack Technology Solutions has announced its acquisition of Swedish underground robotics technology company, Inkonova AB.
A mining technology systems integrator and operational technology contractor, Ramjack says its acquisition of Inkonova is a latest step in the aggressive buildout of the company’s technology stack focusing on safety, sustainability and productivity within the mining sector – a strategy that already includes partnerships with some of the most advanced real-time technology innovators in the world.
“RAMJACK has enjoyed collaborating with Inkonova for many years so we’re already well aware of the advanced capabilities of their tech,” said Ramjack CEO, Mike Jackson.
“As underground mines look to improve their production and safety performance, the ability to map inaccessible areas efficiently and safely is a critical success factor.
The company further explained that inaccessible areas in underground mines pose significant productivity and safety challenges for mine operators, who must produce efficiently while protecting the health and safety of their employees and equipment.
In such environments, autonomous drone technology as that developed by Inkonova provides valuable insights and reliable 3D visualisation – even in inaccessible areas – to ensure safe, efficient and profitable operations underground.
“Mobile mapping is a burgeoning segment of the industry and while there are some early movers in the space – like Australian firm, Emesent – we are excited to demonstrate how our advanced tech can take real-time monitoring of underground mines to a whole new level,” Jackson added.
Starting out in 2014, Inkonova AB originally focused on drones with the tilt-rotor technology for the racing and consumer markets.
However, the company changed tack the following year, deciding to focus on technology and product development for the industrial sector, especially the underground mining sector where the company found and niche. Today, they develop both underground robotics for inspection as well as 3D mapping solutions mainly employing SLAM-based technologies.
From out of their headquarters in Stockholm, the company develops drones for underground mining operations, as well an underground drone platform called Batonoumous.
Enabling drones to fly autonomously and beyond the pilot’s visual line of site, the unique technology offers a real-time connectivity that is revolutionising how mines gather spatial information about inaccessible areas underground.
“Creating Inkonova has been a rewarding experience and I’m excited to be handing over the reins to the passionate mining technology experts at Ramjack to bring it to the next level,” said Pau Mallol, Founder and chief innovator at Inkonova.
“The technological advancements we’ve made with the Inkonova range of products brings me great pride, and I look forward to seeing Ramjack’s market reach help bring these exciting products to the global mining industry.”