Like everywhere else around the globe, adoption of mobile devices is growing at a rapid pace in Africa - now home to around 644 million mobile phone subscribers. According to a post on AllAfrica, mobile technology can play a vital role in African businesses, especially those in the mining industry.
According to Brendan Martin, CEO of Silverkeys Consulting, mobile devices can be extremely beneficial for mine workers when those devices are linked to the mine's enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, the article stated. This will expedite operations, increase communications and save businesses money.
Earlier this month, one mining company, Newmont Mining, discussed how its ERP system is expected to improve operations. In the third quarter of 2012, the company said it was able to eliminate redundancies and inefficiencies in operations, which translated to an increase in financial returns, said CEO and Executive Director Richard O'Brien. The company recently consolidated its ERP systems into one platform, which will allow for information to be shared more easily across the enterprise and spark even more efficient operations.
By connecting mobile devices to an ERP system, mine operators and other industrial workers can have easy access to information ranging from internal daily production targets to metals prices, the AllAfrica article pointed out. By integrating an ERP system such as Oracle or SAP with a mobile data collection system from RFgen, it's possible to further amplify the benefits of a more mobile workforce.