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20th May 2024

BALCO Enhances its Material Management with a Digital Ash Control Tower

Balconagar; 20th May 2024: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a part of Vedanta Aluminium, has introduced a digital Ash Control Tower, an innovative solution aimed at revolutionizing its vast ash management network. This high-end technology with real-time artificial intelligence (AI) based monitoring plays a pivotal role in strengthening the robust and sustainable management of ash handling fleet while simultaneously bolstering the safety around the operations.

Fly ash is a by-product of thermal power generation with application in diverse sectors such as brick manufacturing, road construction, infrastructure projects, and agriculture. Supply of fly ash to various industries is a part of the company’s circular economy agenda. BALCO, by partnering with various industries has explored avenues for sustainable utilization of the ash, significantly contributing to reduction of carbon emissions and energy, as well as water conservation. In FY24 alone, BALCO supplied more than 4 million metric tonnes of fly ash to support these sectors. These efforts have culminated in a remarkable 141% ash utilization, highlighting the company’s commitment to maximizing resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The Ash Control Tower (ACT) offers real time monitoring to ensure strict adherence to ash management guidelines and streamlines the transportation of ash. The technology facilitates a strong network for hassle-free movement of vehicles, bolstering road safety and traffic management. The geofencing system supplemented with cameras enables end-to-end communication that powers real-time AI-based Video Telematics. Video Telematics uses sensors to provide visibility into driver behavior, and it is often used as part of driver safety and risk management programs.

The 24×7 monitoring system is equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which improves the safety of the fleet in-charges by detecting and generating alerts for blind spots around the vehicle. This fusion of technology reduces the need for manual checks on the movement and position of the vehicles. Moreover, the comprehensive analytical overview offered by the ACT helps in analyzing the potential risk zones, enabling proactive decision-making while enhancing the preparedness capabilities of patrolling squads.

Speaking about how digitalization is at the core of operations in BALCO, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO & Director of BALCO, said, “BALCO has proactively adopted innovative and targeted digital solutions to realize our vision of operational excellence and sustainable aluminium production. Our digital interventions across diverse operational areas have been crucial in improving efficiency across functions while enhancing our safety culture.”

Digitalization has been an integral part of BALCO’s operations offering a comprehensive analytical overview of the operations:

  • The Finished Goods Tower and Coal Control Tower facilitates a 24*7 live monitoring dashboard that offers real-time GPS tracking and speed monitoring, ensuring seamless operations round the clock.
  • Integration of AI-driven Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) in internal vehicular operations enhances road safety.
  • BALCO houses T-Pulse Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Monitoring System for ensuring fulfilment of crucial safety protocols, through a network of cameras using most comprehensive AI models, tracking ongoing activity inside the plant in real time.
  • The company has Augmented and Virtual Reality Training Centres, Video Analytics, Sustainability Mobile App, E-learning courses, and Digitalization of Workforce Connectivity to enhance leading indicators in safety practices.
  • The Centralized Security Operations Centre (CSOC) in the plant leverages digital intelligence and data insights for better decision-making in security, traffic & road safety, and supply chain security functions.
  • Real-time data monitoring, facilitated by end-to-end digital dashboards, including projects like the Hot Spot Detection System at coal yard that uses thermal inspection to ensure strict adherence to safety.
  • Use of LED logo projectors in the plant, designed to illuminate safety signs on floors, ensuring clear and prominent display of safety messages in low-light conditions, especially in areas with dust accumulation and high vehicular traffic.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 51% by Vedanta Limited and 49% by the Government of India. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.37 million tonnes in FY24. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its leading sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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