The speed improvement is thanks to Passport 360’s built-in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which allows for custom documentation to be compiled in minutes. “It provides for a greater level of real-time intelligence and insight into SHEQ,” says Passport 360 director and co-founder Siobahn Whitehead.
The dashboard view feature consolidates all contractor SHEQ documentation into a high-level dashboard, again for real-time access of all data, which can be managed and interpreted accordingly – an enormous effort to undertake using paper-based systems.
This is because paper-based systems are impossible to monitor and audit effectively in real-time. For example, 200 paper files will take an average 400 days to conduct a comprehensive review, rendering it near impossible to ensure that all crucial SHEQ information is reviewed manually within the space of a single year.
Without consistent monitoring and review, SHEQ information quickly becomes outdated, thereby ramping up the risk considerably. Digitising these records and then applying Passport 360’s built-in RPA allows for mining operations to better pursue the industry’s ultimate goal of zero harm.
This also has significant implications for clients in terms of transparency and security. Whitehead says: “Passport 360 allows contractors to access client systems and information without exposing those internal systems.”
Passport 360 is equally capable of partnering with mining and resource companies in order to onboard their contractors more efficiently and quickly, thereby ensuring that they can be up and running in hardly any time at all.
“Our smart technology has a range of significant benefits for our mining clients, from real-time SHEQ monitoring and reporting, to highly-advanced onboarding,” said Whitehead. “It allows us to provide our mining clients with a complete solution that slashes their risk, allowing them to focus on their core business of mining.”
Leak reveals Huawei P40 Pro
A high-resolution render of the Huawei P40 Pro, released by Evan ‘Evleaks’ Blass, shows that it will probably include five rear lenses, two front lenses, and a ceramic build. BRYAN TURNER investigates
The highly-anticipated Huawei P40 Pro is set to be unveiled in Paris in late-March. Many rumours surround its hardware build as well as its software capabilities since Huawei lost the rights to preload Google Apps on the phone.
From the leak, it seems the P40 Pro will feature a near-bezelless screen, like the Mate 30 Pro, which debuted late last year. The screen drops the notch, in favour of a dual-camera cut-out, similar to the Samsung Note 10+. The leak also shows there are small buttons on the side of the device for volume control and locking the device. This is an interesting step back from the buttonless Mate 30 Pro.
The most impressive aspect is the seven cameras which this device will house, five on the back and two on the front. The rear camera system seems to showcase a slight bump, and features a new type of periscope-style telephoto camera. This is expected to provide an 18-240mm equivalence between ultrawide and telephoto. The device is also expected to provide a whopping 13x optical zoom, thanks to the periscope camera.
The build is expected to be glass on the front and back, both of which are curved for ergonomics. From the render, it showcases classy design using ceramics. On the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port with a speaker grill. And there’s no surprises about the absence of a headphone jack, which hasn’t featured for a while now.
The only real question-mark hanging over this device is: what about Google apps? Huawei is currently touring Europe, showing off the power its smartphones still have without having Google apps installed. Hopefully, they will fill that education gap before the release date of the P40 Pro, less than two months away.
Canon announces Robotic Camera System
True remote control photography is now possible, thanks to a Canon Robotic Camera System called the CR-S700R.
Canon has announced a remote control system for still image shooting, to be available in February 2020. Sports photography and news media use remote photography extensively to capture still images from various viewpoints or angles that cannot be achieved with conventional photography methods. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R is a release driven by the needs of professional photographers to operate cameras remotely for still images.
The system revolves around a remote pan head that can be used to remotely control and shoot still images using an EOS camera. The system includes a small and lightweight gateway box, an IP camera controller called the CR-G100.
The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 (not included in the package) enables users to control multiple cameras from a PC, display live view images, and remotely trigger a camera or simultaneously shoot with multiple cameras.
The remote pan head uses a centre-type rotational axis that makes the optical axis of the camera perpendicular to the rotational axis of the remote pan head, enabling smooth remote operations like zooming, panning, tilting, and rolling. Ideally suited to follow subjects that move at high speed during sporting events, the remote pan head benefits from a compact design with a turning radius of approximately 260mm, and can be used upright or underslung.
The IP camera controller CR-G100 is a gateway device to connect the camera and the remote pan head. It connects to a PC for remote operation using a wired LAN (Ethernet) cable. The extremely compact and lightweight design has been developed specifically for still image shooting. Various terminals (digital terminal, Ethernet terminal, remote control terminal, among others) necessary for connecting to cameras and pan heads are grouped together to organise previously complicated and bulky wired connection.
The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 software controls the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and cameras via a PC. It displays live view images from multiple cameras using the IP camera controller CR-G100 and can control a single camera or simultaneous shoot using multiple specified cameras, streamlining the workflow of still image shooting at the news site.
The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and the Camera Remote Application CR-A100 will be available from mid-February 2020.
For more information and details on product specifications, visit: https://www.canon-europe.com/pro/remote_ptz/CR-S700R