Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 and Firmware Updates Released

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3D‐P, a leading provider of technology products for the mining industry, is pleased to announce the release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 along with the latest firmware releases for the Intelligent Endpoint line.

Endpoint Manager is a software utility that allows administrators to quickly and cost-effectively manage their Intelligent Endpoint™ (IEP) network from a central location.  The release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 enables the configuration of Intelligent Endpoint functionality in the new firmware release 110715-30, including:

  • Broadcast Proxy support for applications such as Modular’s MineCompass moving map display
  • Multicast support for applications such as the Terrain Server component of CAT® Minestar™.
  • Enhancements to our WLAN Network Interface to optimize the handoff of Intelligent Endpoints as they roam between access points as well as extended security options
  • Network Performance Monitoring tools that can provide graphical or a historical view of network performance on the Intelligent Endpoint interfaces

Endpoint Manager also includes an Advanced System Settings configuration tab for an additional “expert” level of remote customization, and tools for creating a second partition on Intelligent Endpoints for data storage.

Customers with an existing Service Level Agreement are entitled to a upgrade their firmware for all their Intelligent Endpoints along with Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 at no charge providing they have already purchased an earlier release.

All firmware loads and software mentioned will be made available to download to qualified customers via the 3D-P ftp site  Please contact our Customer Support group via email at support@3d-p.com or here.

For further details, please click here or contact your Account Manager.

Endpoint Manager and new firmware webinar:

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Bill Wright Promoted to Global VP of Sales & Marketing at 3D-P

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada – July 8, 2013:  3D-P, a global technology company specializing in mining and DOD communications, announced the promotion of Bill Wright former Regional Manager of US Sales for the international company.

“Bill Wright joined 3D-P earlier this year, and we immediately recognized his executive skills as was evidenced in his handling of 3D-P customers in the US market,” said Evan Hansen, Executive VP and COO of 3D-P global. “He brings over 20 years experience in the Information Technology industry, as well as, exceptional, senior-level sales management skills,” Mr. Hansen continued.   “Bill’s expertise will lift sales management to a new level for 3D-P.  As the company continues to grow we recognize the need to promote professionals with the experience to competently manage the revenue side of our business.”

Prior to joining 3D-P, Bill Wright served as Strategic Account Manager over mining software solutions at Bentley Systems (formerly IVARA).  In addition, his extensive mining sales experience includes management positions at Mincom and NRX. He is an excellent communicator, focused and goal-oriented, and he has a proven ability to communicate complex processes and technologies.

“I am excited about taking on this position and honored to be part of the 3D-P leadership team,” said Bill Wright. “I am a goal-oriented guy with a lot of ideas to help the company grow not only in the mining industry, but in other emerging verticals. After working with the 3D-P sales and support managers for the past few months, I have deep respect for their abilities and am anxious to assist our customers both domestically and internationally.”

Wright is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and will manage 3D-P sales and marketing efforts globally.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technologically-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

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Dinner & Drinks on Us!

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If You are Attending the Calgary Gas & Oil Expo in June . . . 

We invite you to join us Tuesday, June 11 at 4 PM to tour our facilities followed by 5:30 Happy Hour and Dinner at 6:30 PM.

To reserve your spot click here. Please RSVP by May 31.

More information to follow.

Also, please visit our booth #1689 for an underwater demonstration of 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoints.  They are virtually indestructible!

Intelligent Endpoints are in the field and on your equipment ruggedized networking and computing platforms that are vendor agnostic and will instantly aggregate and convert data to actionable information—all to help lower your cost and improve your operational objectives. Our middleware solutions are designed to withstand the harshest of environments and are successfully deployed in the gas & oil industry, mining and Department of Defense.   click here to learn more. 

To register for the Gas & Oil Expo in Calgary, AB, Canada  click here.

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3D-P In the Air & On the Road May & June

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3D-P will be presenting, sponsoring and exhibiting at the following conferences and expos:

May 5-8: CMI Annual Conference & Convention, Toronto, Ontario, CA: Attending: Vivien Hui

May 14-16: Mackay-Bowen Mining & Resource Expo, Mackay, Queensland, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #34. Click here to register.

May 20-23: Austmine, Perth, WA, AU

3D-P is the exclusive Platinum Sponsor of “Automation & Communication.”

Mal Jones will be presenting and 3D-P will be exhibiting. Mining IQ recorded an exclusive Podcast interview with Mal available here. Click here to register.

June 10-11: Mining Americas Summit, Denver CO, USA

Demonstrating Operational Best Practices and Technical Solutions to Allow Mine Operators to Boost Productivity and Control Costs in a Volatile Marketplace

3D-P is the exclusive Wireless Network Sponsor and is hosting a themed luncheon that includes an opportunity for round-the-table discussion. Click here to register. 

June 11-13:  Gas & Oil Expo, Calgary, AB Canada

Visit the 3D-P Staff at Booth 1689.  Click here to register.

For additional shows and conferences after June, 2013: go to 

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Speak Out: What is Your #1 Mining Operation Issue?

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Listen to what others are saying in the Mine Site Automation and Communication Community LinkedIn Group

 Francesca De Michele LinkedIn Discussion Point: From fragmentation to integration: Simplifying mining applications

Many mine sites around Australia are working on implementing automated machinery and the necessary communications infrastructure which goes along with this. But for automation to run smoothly a myriad of programs need to be able to talk to one another, to pull and push, and share data amongst themselves, without friction. This form of software integration is by no means a new idea; it has been implemented almost seamlessly in the manufacturing and e-commerce sectors. But as RPM CEO Richard Matthews points out integration and automation in the mining industry is behind the eight ball. Mathews explained that although the mining industry has been “slow in comparison to other industries there is a big drive now” to integrate and simplify the software solutions used.

3D-P Mining Technology Solutions“There’s a significant drive because everyone understands it’s all about driving the costs down,” he said. “Integration also assists with safety, especially as the industry moves towards increasing automation like driverless trucks and trains.” Speaking at a conference in Perth recently Sandvik director, Andrew Philpott, said a common platform needs to be developed so mine sites can move safely into the future. “For us we need to develop a common platform so that all the equipment can communicate with each other and we can envelop all the equipment under the existing automation technology,” Philpott said.

Comment by Group Member Mark Whiteley  “One of the biggest challenges facing the mining community regarding fragmentation of mining applications, is the locking down of key data by the equipment manufacturers. I have a background in the IT Industry, and this situation is very similar to the unification of network protocols that occurred in the mid 90’s.  Prior to the adoption of the IEEE 802, 802.11 etc, the standards for interconnecting computers via networks left to the manufacturers to create. This meant that there were many and varied vendor network protocols which were developed by the large computer manufacturers of the time. These manufacturers included Digital, Honeywell, IBM, Burroughs, Apple, and others, which all used different vendor protocols; therefore customers were ‘locked-in’ to using a single computer system.  Interconnecting allowed them to communicate to another manufacturers network protocol.”

“This is very much the case today in the mining industry, where a few powerful vendors control a market by ‘locking’ away data in the vehicle management systems.  We need an independent body that can ratify a standard data set which allow machine data to be published to other systems. This ‘standard data set’ should provide ‘public’ data from equipment to exposed to other mining systems, however; will also recognize the need for ‘hidden’ data that will protect the vendors warranty checks.”

Reply by Francesca De Michele:  “Thanks so much for sharing your comments on this topic. Presently I’ve been hearing this from a number of people in the industry. Their biggest complaint is around the fact that many OEMs will not provide open-source software which means they’re locked into using one supplier. One of the ways people intend to combat this is by including open-source requirements in their tenders; do you think this is going to help to shift the barriers around this industry?  Or do you still expect it to be awhile off before anything changes?”

Reply by Mark Whiteley:  “The speed at which the ‘protectionist’ behaviors of the OEM’s are changed, is by industry pressure. There needs to be a forum where OEM’s can discuss this issue with the industry and perhaps decide what data should be ‘published’ in a standard format – perhaps XML or CSV files.  Also the industry must recognise that some data will be proprietary and thus not for public consumption. So your suggestion regarding providing open source data as part of a tender process, will only work in a highly competitive market. If none of the vendor OEM’s want to comply with this tender request then there is not much the client can do. The OEM’s will not drive this process, because there are too few manufacturers in a worldwide industry, and so an industry forum is needed where a bi-partisan agreement can be reached that provides the industry with the data it needs in a standard format, while protecting OEM’s intellectual property.”

Reply by Group Member Peter Cunningham: “There is a relatively new organization forming that has a mandate to address this called the “Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group”. http://www.globalminingstandards.org/”. This group works with AusIMM, CIM, SME. Membership consists of a number of mining companies, OEMs and OTMs.”

Reply by Group Member Sean McClary:  “Francesca, this is what 3D-P (www.3d-p.com) has been saying for years.  We are supplying to the largest mining organization across the globe. The ability to have, run and manage multiple applications on to a single platform is critical as well as crucial in today’s mining environment. The 3D-P Intelligent Endpoint is just that. A ruggedized, full open computing and networking platform that can integrate any application on board any mobile machine.”

Additional resources: Mining IQ Full Article,  3D-P’s Global Sales & Marketing VP, Sean McClary’s Blog Post: Taking a Lesson from Corporate IT,  3D-P’s VP of Technology, Ron White’s Presentation: Reducing Onboard Technology Clutter through Open, Ruggedized, Onboard Computing and Networking Appliances 

Please comment on the #1 issue you are facing in your mine.

 

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3D-P Recognized as Communication Expert in the Mining Industry

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3D-P is Exclusive Automation & Communication Partner at Austmine Conference in Perth AU in May

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – April 8, 2013:  3D-P is widely recognized as the leading resource for technologically-advanced open networking and computing platforms in the mining industry. This recognition by industry leaders such as the International Quality and Productivity Center was the impetus for selecting 3D-P as the exclusive Automation & Communication Partner.

“We are honored to be selected to host this important segment of Austmine,” said Mal Jones, VP and General Manager of 3D-P Australia.  “Our involvement will include a presentation as well as facilitating discussions involving critical communication issues in the mining industry. ”

In addition to the Austmine conference in May, 3D-P has presented mining technology solutions at thought leader conferences in Tucson AZ, Perth, AU and Brisbane AU, and will be hosting a wireless solution luncheon at Mining Americas in Denver CO in June.

Solutions to wireless communication in rough terrain and severe environmental conditions is a critical concern to mining operators worldwide.  3D-P’s ruggedized products and solutions are best-of-breed, stand up to harsh environments and provide the unique ability to manage and deliver all mining applications,  no matter the hardware or application vendor. Recognized for their reliability, 3D-P products decrease downtime and are proven virtually indestructible.

As a precursor to 3D-P’s involvement in Austmine, Mining IQ, the recognized leader in mining industry news, interviewed Mal Jones to gain his insights into mission critical technical solutions involving bundling and transmitting data in the mining environment. Click here to listen.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

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3D-P Opens New Australian Headquarters in Perth

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3D-P AustraliaAs Business Skyrockets in Perth and Western Australia, 3D-P Reconfirms Their Commitment to Australian Customers.

The new headquarters, located at 207 Bank Street Unit 1, East Victoria Park, Perth will service the majority of Australian customers and provide quicker response time. “Our main objective has always been to not only meet but exceed customer expectations,” said Sean McClary, 3D-P’s Global VP of Sales and Marketing. “We have shown over the past year how seriously we are committed to providing excellence in product and service by tripling our Australian sales/support staff and now we are renewing our commitment to our Australian customers with a newly acquired office building.”

 With the tremendous growth in mining operations throughout Australia, 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoints have been successfully included in the technical advances planned for existing mines as well as expanded and new mines. “We have been on the cutting edge of customer-driven technology from the beginning,” said Mal Jones, VP and General Manager of 3D-P Australia. “When mine operators are looking for a networking and computing platform, they want technology that will grow with their mines while at the same time enable greater production, reliability and safety within their operating budget.” Jones continued, “Our Intelligent Endpoints meet and actually exceed their expectations. That is why we have been so successful.  The fact is we have continued to double our business year-after-year.  The new headquarters will allow us to better service existing as well as new customers throughout Australia.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

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3D-P Announces Resell Agreement with Three Wire Systems

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IT Business in Virginia to resell 3D-P product to U.S. Federal Government

 Calgary, Alberta, Canada – March 13, 20133D-P, the leading resource for technologically-advanced, ruggedized networking and computing platforms has signed a resell agreement with Three Wire Systems, LLC (Three Wire).  3D-P products are proven in tough mining environments, and now through Three Wire will be sold to connect military vehicles traveling through tough and rugged terrain.

“Three Wire Systems’ knowledge of technology, integrations and infrastructure within the U.S. Federal Government provided easy to recognize synergies with 3D-P’s offerings” commented Sean Wilson, Director of Global Business Development with 3D-P. “This is a great opportunity for both organizations. It expands Three Wire’s solution offering and 3D-P’s footprint by adding a new industry in need of a rugged computing platform.”

Federal Government initiatives such as the Common Hardware Systems-4 (CHS-4) opened the door for partnership opportunities between IT Solution providers and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) manufacturers.  “By combining Three Wire’s innovative IT solutions with 3D-P’s ruggedized computing platform, we are providing a future-proof solution that meets the demands of any military or Federal Government deployment,” said Wilson.

Three Wire Systems’ Federal solution set includes reduced telecommunication spend, effective IT asset management, identification of un-deployed/underutilized software assets, and reduced power consumption. Three Wire works directly with the Department of Defense, including Army and Air Force, Homeland Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Senate and Congress, to name a few.

“We’re thrilled to offer 3D-P’s product to the Federal marketplace,” states Three Wire CEO Dan Frank. “Three Wire is the leader in eliminating wasteful spend by deploying disruptive technologies, and 3D-P’s solutions enhance our offerings.”

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

About Three Wire Solutions

Three Wire Systems LLC – a service-disabled, veteran owned small business – is a dynamic and multi-faceted IT consulting and solutions firm founded in 2006. We eliminate wasteful spend in Federal Enterprise environments through the introduction of disruptive technologies. Particular areas of focus include reduced telecommunication spend, effective IT asset management, identification of un-deployed/underutilized software assets, and reduced power consumption. Professional services capabilities include project and program management, enterprise server and active directory support, and web application development. Our engineering expertise is centered on the IT infrastructure – compute, storage, networking, and cyber security. For more information, visit www.threewiresys.com.

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3D-P Demonstrates Mining Technology Around the Globe in 2013

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3D-P will be presenting, sponsoring and exhibiting at the following conferences and expos:

February 24-27:  SME Annual Conference, Denver, CO, USA

Mining guys, Sean Wilson and Bill Wright along with Sean McClary, Ron White and Ben Greenwood will be attending

February 25-26: Mine Automation, Perth, WA  AU

Mal Jones will be addressing standardizing the tools for integration and management of disparate automation systems and networks as well as implementing an open platform for the mobile mining environment. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/YbILNO

 March 12-13: Mine Site Automation & Communication, Brisbane, QLD AU

Mal Jones will be speaking on managing the integration of multiple applications and hardware through one intelligent end-point. To register go to: http://bit.ly/Y5D3qo

March 20-22: Mining Australia Expo, Perth, WA, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #11. To register go to: http://bit.ly/14ON81d

April 18-29: Newcastle Mining & OH&S Expo, Newcastle, NSW, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #32. To register go to: http://bit.ly/YSJFvj

May 5-8: Toronto, Ontario, CA

Vivien Hui attending

May 14-16: Mackay-Bowen Mining & Resource Expo, Mackay, Queensland, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #34. To register go to: http://bit.ly/WFATCc

May 20-23: Austmine, Perth, WA, AU

3D-P is the exclusive Platinum Sponsor of “Automation & Communication.”

Mal Jones will be presenting and 3D-P will be exhibiting. Mining IQ is recording an exclusive Podcast interview with Mal that will be available in May. To register go to: http://bit.ly/157xAqe

June 5-7: Singleton Mining & OH&S Expo, Singleton, NSW AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #172. To register go to: http://bit.ly/c6HhJL

June 10-11: Mining Americas Summit, Denver CO, USA

Demonstrating Operational Best Practices and Technical Solutions to Allow Mine Operators to Boost Productivity and Control Costs in a Volatile Marketplace

3D-P is the exclusive Wireless Network Sponsor and is hosting a themed luncheon that includes an opportunity for round-the-table discussion. To register go to: http://bit.ly/gPKySH

June 11-13:  Gas & Oil Expo, Calgary, AB Canada

Visit the 3D-P Staff at Booth 1689. To register go to:  http://bit.ly/11mR1Xy

July 18-20: Gladstone Resource & Industry Expo, Gladstone, Queensland, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at Booth #55. To register go to: http://bit.ly/XHEvBp

July 23-24: Mine Site Automation & Communication,  Johannesburg South Africa

3D-P is the “network solution provider” – Booth details to come.

August 11-15: CIM23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Quebec, CA

Vivien Hui will be attending

September 10-11: Oil Sand Trade Show, Fort McMurray, AB, CA

Vivien Hui and Sean Wilson attending

September 11-13, Pilbara Mining & Resource Expo, Pilbara WA, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at Booth #136. To register go to: http://bit.ly/pLMjd8

September 16-20: Extemin Technology Exhibition Fair, Lima Peru

Visit Hugo Untiveros and Oscar Ramos at Booth #996 in the US Pavilion. To register go to: http://bit.ly/159T3ir

We look forward to seeing you around the globe in 2013!

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