The safe and efficient operation of mines requires precise coordination of the largest and most expensive machines, in environments that are characterized by extreme cold and heat and extreme vibration and shock.
Wireless mining communication networks transfer voice, data, and video, as well as other applications that are vital to safe and effective mining operations. The network typically consists of both mobile and fixed nodes. Underground mining communications solutions can simultaneously accommodate a variety of applications like:
Management of fleets: Continuously optimize mining operations with the assignment of work orders in real-time and vehicle positioning/guidance to maximize the efficiency of your operation and maximize capital utilization.
Live video streams to support operations: it improves awareness of situations and security, providing 24/7 access to mining pit activity. If a problem is detected, the operation can respond rapidly. time-stamped videos allow remote correlation of alarms to actual incidents.
video surveillance: it allows remote monitoring of critical facilities like explosive storage areas as well as mixing locations. It can also be used for perimeter security, surveillance for potentially illicit activity, and site entry, and also emergencies such as flooding or fire.
Monitoring of safety systems improves the security of the site and employees. Examples of real-time monitoring systems are "man down" systems, streaming radar scans of pit walls to find movement signs that may indicate instability issues.