Interoperability and Functional Safety Acceleration Strategy (IFSAS)

The Interoperability and Functional Safety Acceleration Strategy (IFSAS) aims to coordinate collaboration on interoperability and accelerate alignment on functional safety. This initiative is funded by BHP and Rio Tinto.

The future of mining is digital and requires interoperability to be realized. Advanced digital technologies are enhancing – and in many cases revolutionizing – equipment, processes, planning and execution. To enable this future, we need common definitions, standards, language, decision-making criteria and data exchange capabilities to improve how people, equipment and software work together.

Alignment on interoperability is essential for enabling digital technologies and will ultimately lead to more productive, safe and cost-effective mines.

Alignment on functional safety is also essential for the integrated mine of the future as autonomous systems require many interoperable layers of protection. Accelerating work on the ongoing Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment project is part of this strategy.

There is no easy solution. However, there are four critical elements to success:

Build an industry vision and direction for interoperability and functional safety through mining company leadership

Work with, support and leverage other organizations and their projects, both within and outside mining

Develop guidelines and tools

Facilitate communications and industry engagement – you can't solve interoperability in a vacuum


Mining executives alignment

Detailed roadmap

Engage all stakeholders

Tools development

Testbed Network development and deployment

Functional Safety

Functional Safety Project Phase 1

Functional Safety Project Phase 2


Industry task force launched at Interoperability Alignment Roundtable

August 28

Organizations working on interoperability came together to discuss their initiatives and how to coordinate and bring exposure to them. An interoperability organizations task force will be established to build a roadmap and faciliate collaboration.

Read the press release here.

Interoperability alignment report

August 12

We have published a report presenting a consensus of the industry’s vision and direction for interoperability gathered through interviews and workshops with 17 mining companies on six continents.

Download it here

Coming up next: Roundtable of global experts on mining interoperability

August 13 | Perth, Australia

Interoperability in mining is a critical and complex challenge, and a variety of guidelines and standards are in the process of being developed around the world. This roundtable is meant to accelerate progress and enhance collaboration between the organizations working on different aspects of the issue.