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MIRA set to enhance site security through unmanned vehicle technology

Internationally recognised engineering business MIRA – which has specialist unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) expertise – is to begin actively promoting its proprietary UGV system (MACE) to the construction, mining and energy industries as an effective countermeasure to security threats.

MIRA believes that off-highway UGVs designed specifically to deal with dirty, difficult and dangerous tasks make them an ideal surface-based solution for dealing with the heightened threats faced by construction and mining companies in many countries as well as the operators of major energy installations.

MIRA’s senior global sales manager for UGV systems, Rob Mohacsi, explained, “MACE (MIRA Autonomous Control Equipment) delivers a robust means of enhancing safety and security – enabling operators to deploy resources more efficiently whilst also removing people from harm’s way. The geopolitical, military and economic factors faced by companies operating in many countries make UGVs a very useful tool when patrolling sites and securing perimeters in order to protect both infrastructure and people.”

MACE – which was developed for the Ministry of Defence and is mission-proven in Afghanistan – has the potential to turn any vehicle into one which can be operated remotely and autonomously from a central location up to 20km away using an array of mobile surveillance technology individually tailored to suit the task.
Controlling the vehicle remotely through a purpose-built operations desk removes personnel from potentially dangerous situations and ensures the highly efficient use of resources – since it enables 24/7 operation, dead ground surveillance and greater distances to be patrolled without shift changeovers necessitating a return to base and resulting downtime.

When applying its MACE technology in a surveillance and protection role such as this, MIRA calls the resulting product ‘Guardsman’ – though there is no ‘one size fits all approach’ and a myriad of vehicle platforms and on-board surveillance options can be applied.

Whether patrolling installations in Western Europe or higher risk environments in Africa or the Middle East, MIRA believes that UGV technology will become the solution of choice for forward-thinking companies.

Rob Mohacsi added, “Flexibility of integration means MACE is an extremely cost-effective UGV solution, particularly when you consider that MIRA can meet customers’ every need – from the design, specification and build of a tailored UGV solution, to driver training and in-the-field service support.”

Their flexibility, a customer-focused approach and unrivalled test facilities to refine the resulting product means that MIRA is proud to count organisations including: UK MoD, BAe Systems, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and NP Aerospace among its customer base. 


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