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business Left: SAMAR labels can be applied to any asset, are completely UV resistant, temperature resistant to 200°C, and will leave the barcode behind if removed. Above: SAMAR produces its own electronic certificate, as well as labels to be applied to the asset. plate that they use is easily identifiable and has allowed for more than 90% reduction in construction equipment theft. What was happening previously is that guys would just walk onto a construction site, get into a vehicle and drive off because no one actually knew who owned it. Now, people can see the plate on the equipment and they know that it is part of a registry; it’s been micro- dotted, and they are much less likely to steal it. And that’s what we want the SAMAR label to become — if someone sees it on a vehicle, they won’t touch it,” he says. This will be particularly useful when dealing with larger fleets at remote locations, as is often the case with the larger mining companies. Dutton explains that they aim to approach these larger companies — once the system has been rolled out and is running smoothly — with a practical example of how this system will benefit them. “We’re hoping that these companies, when we approach them, don’t even see this as making a difference in terms of cost and administration, because the manufacturer or importer would’ve labelled and registered any new equipment they’ve purchased from the beginning, or the banks would have it built into new financing contracts,” says Dutton. “The banks will likely also start to push for registration of any equipment that they still hold title to, particularly once we have actual cases showing how the register can be used in the case of stolen equipment, for example,” he adds. “But if we can approach these companies and show them that the 40 new vehicles they’ve just bought are all registered on SAMAR and it didn’t cost them anything extra in either time or money, then I think this will also go a long way towards convincing them. I think the fact that they will easily be able to see how many and which vehicles they own and hold title to will also be a definite benefit.” According to Dutton, SAMAR does produce its own certificate in electronic format, which you can then print, but even the banks are saying they’re not going to print it, just keep it electronically. It’s very similar in look and feel to an eNatis document, but the differences stem from the fact that the register is not government legislated. “And we want it to stay that way,” he says, “because otherwise you are just introducing an unnecessary layer of complexity and bureaucracy to a system that is there to let people — banks, insurers, the public — know who owns what. It’s going to be difficult to get people to adhere to everything that we’re trying to do and we know that there are going to be those who will try find ways around it, but we’re ready to address these issues as they come up.” n SAMAR aims to provide a complete history of an asset’s lifecycle. If the asset gets stolen, it can be marked as such on the register. If the asset is later recovered, then it can be reintroduced to the register and marked as ‘recovered and reintroduced’. QUARRY SA | MAY 2017 _ 15