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TRE ALTAMIRA and IDS GeoRadar integrate the use of satellite and ground-based SAR to further improve safety monitoring

(28 March 2017) IDS GeoRadar, the leading provider of slope monitoring radar systems (IBIS) worldwide, and TRE ALTAMIRA, the worldwide leader in ground monitoring services using satellite InSAR, are pleased to announce a new integrated monitoring service to mine companies, capitalizing on their expertise in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technologies. The integrated use of satellite and ground-based SAR enables mining professionals to extend the concept of safety monitoring in space and time.

TRE ALTAMIRA and IDS GeoRadar are committed to offering a comprehensive solution to fulfill all mine stability needs, ranging from monitoring large-scale mining operations over hundreds of square kilometers, to specific movements at the pit scale.

Thanks to the large spatial coverage of satellite data, TRE ALTAMIRA can identify unstable areas over wide areas, also with the ability to extend the analysis of deformation back in time, thanks to the availability of historical archives of satellite images. All mining assets can be monitored regularly and precisely for deformation.

Over the last 8 years, IDS GeoRadar IBIS radars have been installed in hundreds of mines across five continents, providing critical monitoring of fast movement, with a very-short timing response, enabling the implementation of early warning alarms and tracking of slow movement for long term risk mitigation.

Through the analysis of satellite data, mine operators can complement ground-based radar measurements to identify anomalous instability over large areas, to address and properly plan the best monitoring array. The two technologies are complementary, with satellite radars mostly sensitive to the vertical settlement of ground and IBIS to rock face movements of steep walls.

TRE ALTAMIRA , a CLS group company, is the largest group worldwide providing InSAR satellite data for ground deformation monitoring. The proprietary technology of TRE ALTAMIRA, developed over the last 20 years, allow the detection of ground displacements with millimeter accuracy. Using multi-temporal satellite radar data TRE ALTAMIRA offers a time saving and cost-effective solution for mapping ground displacement over wide areas.

IDS GeoRadar, part of Hexagon, is a leading provider of multi-frequency, multi-channel Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Interferometric technology solutions worldwide. The company is committed to delivering best-in-class performance solutions and the pursuit of product excellence, through the creation of application-specific, innovative and cost efficient systems for a wide range of applications including mining, utility, civil engineering, geology and environment management.

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