What It Is?
For any operating mine, tracking the location of equipment, personnel and assets on an interactive map is critical to ensuring efficient and safe production.
Mines have employed various location tracking systems over the years, including RFID tags, Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and GPS. Indeed, GPS tracking has been used effectively by surface operations for decades. Advances in new technology – and the obvious difficulties of applying GPS to underground environments – have given rise to several effective options for tracking equipment, personnel and assets in the mining industry. In turn, mines have benefitted from advanced production and safety performance as visibility of operations for miner, equipment operators and managers has improved.
How It Works?
The key to an effective tracking solution is the accuracy with which critical assets can be displayed on an interactive, moving map display. To achieve this, RAMJACK’s Tracking Systems make use of a wide range of real-time location tracking technologies, based on need, including:
- GPS – on surface, and underground through signal propagation via Leaky Feeder;
- Active / Passive RFID tags and tag readers;
- Time-of-Flight chipsets with triangulation;
- Point Cloud & IMU sensor fusion with feature recognition;
- Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) beacons and tag readers
Regardless of the tracking technology employed, each RAMJACK Equipment, Personnel and Asset Tracking solution employs similar design concepts in order to meet the tracking accuracy requirements specific to that application. For Collision Avoidance Systems, for example, highly accurate relative location is required, but for Ventilation Management System, accuracy to the nearest zone is often sufficient.
Why It Matters?
Location tracking is the cornerstone for value generation from almost all production and safety management solutions in mining. Without sufficiently accurate information on where equipment, personnel and assets are in real-time, other advanced solutions are blind to the information required to manage and optimise the mining process. RAMJACK’s Tracking Systems are among the most advanced in the world making use of the most sophisticated technologies in the industry. Whether your operation needs a simple solution to track the location of assets or an advanced, intelligent solution using real-time location information to control mission critical processes, RAMJACK’s suite of technologies can deliver the ROI.