Who we are

Why we’re different

We automate your existing heavy mobile equipment regardless of make, age or model, negating the need for new assets and the associated high capital costs. The data generated from the assets belongs to you. The data can then be used for process and operational improvements going forward.

Auto-mate works with our customers to determine your unique needs and the appropriate level of automation for your operation, we provide automation on your terms. There is also no need to replace current systems as the open architecture of our technology solutions allows interoperability with existing systems and mixed fleets.

Our smart technology provides situational awareness and deep machine learning through systems and sensors embedded on the vehicle – delivering truly smart vehicles rather than standard vehicles controlled by means of a smart control centre. Should communications be temporarily lost, the vehicle will keep operating in order to “complete its mission”, thus avoiding any loss of productivity or delays due to downtime.

Our Mission

To make automation accessible to every mining operation, globally

Who we are

A smart automation technology provider focused on the global resources sector

What we do

Develop and implement smart automation solutions that increase productivity and profitability across the mining value chain

Our Customer Commitment

M – Mandate on Safety – our focus and ethos that will enhance your project, people and capability to achieve beyond industry expectation

A – Attitude to Productivity – enabling solutions that liberate value cross our customers’ value stream

T – Technology Platforms – platforms that are continually defined and refined to push the boundaries of industry norms to achieve beyond expectation

E – Excellence in Operation – an ability to work in any operating environment with predictability, reliability and responsibility

Joint Venture Partners

Auto-mate is backed by the expertise and experience of our two joint venture partners.

Mining Automation and Mining Technology

Bis is a global mining logistics and supply chain expert with over 100 years’ operational experience delivering innovative logistic, site services and equipment solutions to the Australian and Indonesian resources sector. Bis is a renowned leader in mine site innovation, recognised through a host of industry awards for haulage and underground mining equipment products launched from its in-house innovation program.

Mining Automation and Mining Technology

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) brings superior and proven technology solutions and experience to Auto-mate. IAI has been designing robotic and autonomous vehicle and asset solutions for air, sea and land since the early 1980s. As part of a 15 000 strong workforce, IAI employs a team of over 5000 engineers who are world-class experts in robotics and automation. IAI has automated over 100 ground based assets, across 35 different asset types, including light vehicles, dump trucks and dozers.

The combination of IAI’s leading capability in autonomous technology solutions and Bis’ demonstrated experienced in mine site logistics and supply chain management delivers the perfect combination of expertise to Auto-mate.

Leadership Team

Mining Automation and Mining Technology

Daniel Poller


Daniel Poller was appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Auto-mate in 2020.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the energy and mining sectors globally, Daniel brings extensive knowledge and leadership experience to this role.

Before joining Auto-mate, Daniel was a Senior Advisor in mining technology solutions to joint venture partner Bis. Daniel has also held roles as Senior Advisor and co-head of Metals and Mining Investment banking for JP Morgan Asia, Director at NorthStar Group in Indonesia and has consulted with McKinsey & Company and Partners in Performance.

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Mining Automation and Mining Technology

Damien Williams

Solutions and Implementation Manager

Damien Williams was appointed Solutions and Implementations Manager at Auto-mate in 2021.

Damien has a wealth of experience in automation technologies and applications gained in over a decade in the mining industry. He is a specialist in mobile mining equipment and its associated technology with key capability in their identification, deployment and ongoing support.

Damien has a multi-faceted background which includes the successful completion of operational deliverables across planning, resourcing, logistics, execution, quality control and customer management, with a focus on automation in the resources industry.

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Mining Automation and Mining Technology

Mark Siddoway

VP Engineering

Mark Siddoway was appointed Vice President – Engineering at Auto-mate in 2021. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in engineering in a range of industries, from defence to automotive and mining.

He is a qualified Functional Safety Engineer with over 6 years’ experience in functional safety for autonomous haulage and other autonomous mining systems.

Mark has managed the conversion of manual mining assets to autonomous operation, and worked with engineers, technicians and operational staff to optimise autonomous system safety and productivity. He developed Australia’s first functional safety programme for autonomous mining operations.

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Pips Woodhouse

Pips Woodhouse

Marketing and Communications Manager

Pips Woodhouse was appointed Marketing and Communications Manager at Auto-mate in 2020.

Pips has over 30 years’ experience in Marketing with over a decade in the Mining Industry where she has found creative and unique ways to market mining services including consulting, technologies, engineering and now automation.

Through her different roles, Pips has developed a good understanding of the many aspects of mining which enables the development of targeted and meaningful marketing to the resources sector, globally.

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Board of Directors

Tom Howes – Non-Executive Director

Tom Howes was appointed to the Auto-mate Board of Directors in February 2022.

Tom is Group Financial Controller for joint venture partner, Bis. Since joining Bis in 2016, he has been pivotal in delivering leadership across financial accounting, mergers and acquisitions, management and statutory reporting, tax, audit, systems, insurance and supply chain. Additionally, Tom has been involved in a range of strategic commercial and financial projects. He has been intimately involved with Auto-mate since its inception.

Prior to Bis, Tom held roles at Deloitte and a business advisory firm. Tom holds a Master of Tax, Bachelors of Applied Finance and Commerce, and is a Chartered Accountant.


Zvika Yarom – Non-Executive Director

Zvika Yarom was appointed to the Auto-mate Management committee in January 2020.

Zvika appointed as a VC & General Manager of Land Systems division in Elta systems (A fully owned subsidiary of joint venture partner Israeli Aerospace Industries) in June 2019.

Prior to this appointment, Zvika served as IAI’s Tactical Land Systems director for eight years and was responsible for major multi-disciplinary programs for global customers.

Zvika is Lieutenant Colonel Armor (reserve) in the Israeli Defence Force and served as Armor Battalion Commander.


Adrian Chibutero- Non-Executive Director

Adrian Chibotariu was appointed to the Auto-mate Management committee in January 2020.

Adrian is the acting finance director of Land Systems division in Elta systems (A fully owned subsidiary of joint venture partner Israeli Aerospace Industries) and has served as the company’s tactical Land Systems finance manager for five years.

Prior to that, Adrian worked as project manager and head of the Project Management Office of Elta’s Naval systems directorate.

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