With upwards of 100,000 flights taking off and landing every day around the globe, it’s no wonder that the nerve centre of the airport is the Air Traffic Control Tower. Similarly, growing with the fast-paced digital age of mining requires a new way of successfully approaching the command centre setup, as the dispatch tower or the control room can’t always keep up with the evolution of the mining operations. Our team speaks up about the Remote Operations Centre – designed to tackle the burden of expert system operations to enhance the performance of real-time systems on-site.
Tracking is core to any evacuation & rescue plan, but of equal importance, is understanding the environment and using that information in conjunction with any rescue plan. Wireless telemetry allows the team to assess air quality, rock stability and monitor video feeds to better plan their operation. Equally, robust and flexible communication devices enable users to switch between narrow and broadband should one of the networks be negatively impacted.
The world has come a long way since two-way radio communication was introduced to mining operations. Back then being able to have a stable and clear conversation with a colleague in a remote or underground location was (and in some ways, still is) a huge step. Since then, the advent of WiFi has had an equally seismic impact on operations and more recently we have the arrival of private LTE networks – promising cell phone coverage throughout, regardless of environment.
For mines where backfilling is possible – and especially for mines that have selected paste backfilling as their backfill method of choice – implementing a continuous pour methodology substantiall...
Location tracking in underground mines can be traced back as far as the 1980s to when the main technology used was RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Tag Readers placed in the roof of the tunnel.