Walker Newman & Associates
Mark has been working in the communications field for 35 years. He was trained by the Australian Department of Aviation, where he worked for 8 years primarily based in remote areas of Western Australia, servicing and maintaining air navigation aids and communications systems.
Mark moved into mining in the Pilbara region around 1986 and spent about 15 years over a 25-year period working on a heavy-haul railway responsible for various telemetry, asset monitoring and radio systems. During that time he installed the first trunked radio system into a mining company in the Pilbara.
Mark has been the state service manager for two of WA’s major communications companies and first came into contact with Motorola Trunked Radio in the early 1990s. Around 2007 he became involved in a project to install a Motorola P25 system for heavy-haul rail in the Pilbara.
Around 2012, Mark moved to a smaller mining company to install a TETRA system, which was completed in June 2014. Since then he has moved back to a much larger mining company to assist with its implementation of TETRA over a number of minesites and is currently involved in projects to implement an emergency call system and geofencing, and introducing individual call for selected users, while keeping an eye on safety issues and ensuring production is not impacted.
No longer do mining companies use two-way radios as a tool to assist with production, they are now a mission-critical device that will stop production immediately on failure.