Two needs in the mining industry, to enable overall process improvements, are open systems and network connectivity in mines. The SymBot project, a collaboration between Symboticware, Glencore, Vale and CEMI, addresses these issues, and leverages the solution platform to deliver multiple on-board data applications and near-real-time mobile asset data into OsiSoft PI system. An Open system is one that uses industry standards for its key interfaces. Vendor neutrality and ease of information flow are two main benefits that result from the use of Open systems. By facilitating the interoperability of systems, an Open platform allows the right information to be available when and where it is needed for decision support. Network connectivity in mines is typically limited. Mobile equipment moving through a mining work cycle experiences intermittent connectivity; in this situation, seamless remote equipment monitoring is impossible. The SymBot project established an Open technology platform, adhering to data and automation standards. It enables the collection and integration of information generated by mobile equipment, while there is limited network connection, and acts as a store-and-forward gateway to manage intermittent connectivity. Integration into OsiSoft PI system provided a solution that has enabled, real-time reporting, trending and alerts. Since PI was pre-existing, the solution minimized costs, training requirements and provided the new benefit of access to mobile asset data. The SymBot is a rugged hardware/software platform that complies with Open standards for industrial automation and systems interoperability. The SymBot provides advanced real-time decision support at the device level, and is bidirectional for remote configuration. Integrated applications developed include engine performance monitoring, automated pre- and post-shift inspection reports, speed control safety device, TPMS, location, emissions monitoring, and load weight.