This guideline, now in review, defines interoperability, describes guiding principles for it and presents a high-level roadmap to enable greater coordinated efforts and industry-wide alignment. 

The guideline synthesizes the input received from over 120 participating companies that represented a healthy cross-section of the international industry so as to provide a common understanding of interoperability and its principles, a shared vision for the future, and a high-level development roadmap.

Mining equipment and systems interoperability is a high priority for the international mining community.  Interoperability between systems is a requirement for maximizing the capabilities and benefits of mining automation, digitalization, operational integration, and data analytics initiatives.

The problem is that interoperability is a broad and complex subject that affects all areas of operation. Addressing interoperability requires not only a systems thinking approach but also an environment wherein mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, and other key stakeholders work together. 


2020 Sept | Guideline under Interoperability Leadership Council approval

The GMG Interoperability Leadership Council are leaders and experts from the industry that are currently reviewing and approving the guideline. Once it’s approved and, if needed, feedback is incorporated, it can move into the Working Group review and vote. 

2020 Aug | GMG is coordinating a Project Steering Committee

GMG is forming a project steering committee that will review the guideline’s suggestions, lead the decision-making on which to consider and provide guidance on the content

2020 Jul | GMG met with MM-ISAC to review section

GMG and project leaders partnered with MM-ISAC to review and provide feedback on the “Cybersecurity Principles” section in the guideline. Currently, the GMG Technical Editor is incorporating the comments and feedback.

2020 Feb | Draft guideline undergoing in-depth review

Following a process of restructuring and refining, we are currently conducting in-depth reviews and working hand in hand with key stakeholders to review the draft guideline. Following this phase, the guideline will go to the working group for further review.