MSHA Deploys New Technology Intended to Improve Mine Inspectors' Efficiency

Published February 28, 2018

MSHA has begun deploying new technology intended to help mine inspectors and enforcement staff work more efficiently. The Mobile Inspection Application System, or Mobile IAS, is an application that replaces the previous 18-year-old system that required inspectors to carry bulky laptops, cameras, reference material, and documentation from previous inspections. Mobile IAS integrates these features into one application that allows inspectors to securely store and transfer data.

MSHA estimates that nearly 1,500 federal mine inspectors and enforcement staff will benefit from Mobile IAS, which is housed on tablet computers. Each tablet has a camera, video, voice recording, touch screen, digital pen, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi capability intended to facilitate data capture and streamline the mine inspection process. The platform also features service-oriented architecture for efficient data transfer among devices and MSHA’s Standardized Information System.

“MSHA’s Mobile IAS is expected to improve the quality of information by eliminating redundancy, and provide more timely information for inspectors,” said MSHA Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo.