The production of any mine is heavily dependent on safe interface between mining equipments and human beings. Protecting these resources and workers against possible accidents and maximizing their utilization through real time location monitoring and control can improve the mine safety and productivity to a great extent. At the same time, the sensitive areas of mining premises must be automatically protected against unauthorized intrusion to cope up with possible security hazards. Since identification of any forthcoming crisis requires current information and such information must be communicated in real-time, therefore the need arises for a wireless communication framework for mine safety, security and its management that provides efficient, reliable, secure exchange and processing of relevant information. The objective of our proposed work is to showcase the impact of using our Real-Time Tracking, Sensing and Management System using Active RFID, Sensors and Wireless Mesh Network for improving mine safety, security and productivity management.
Dumper Shield ‐ an active dual alarm collision avoidance system based on GPS and radio frequency proximity sensing that provides a secure virtual shield surrounding a dumper protecting against possible collision with other dumpers / light vehicles / human being .
Dumper Trip – an integrated and automated dumper utilization management system capable of counting the number of trips made by each dumper through analysis of their movement patterns and improving the cumulative efficiency and overall production of a mine site.
Wireless Underground System is a completely wireless and automatic system for real-time tracking of miners & mining equipments and real-time monitoring of underground environmental condition (i.e., emission of toxic gasses such as, Methane, Carbon Monoxide) inside the mine. It provides audible warning to prevent collision between miners & mining vehicles and sends warning to alert the miner approaching unsafe areas. It also enables the miner to send emergency message to control station on the surface.
Dumper Trace –Real time visibility of mining assets, such as dumpers, dozer, shovel, etc. and their performance are of cardinal importance for operational efficiency in any open cast mine. Because of the heavy load carrying capacity of the dumpers and precarious geographical nature of the open cast mines, installation of weigh bridges are not feasible to measure the accurate loads being carried by the dumpers in each trip. The operation of dumpers can be monitored in the mining area using the wireless mesh network technology on a real time basis and also their past activity status can be generated for future analysis. Thus the operation and performance of the mine can be made visible and accountable to the complete organization. An integrated and automated dumper utilization management system capable of counting the number of trips made by each dumper through analysis of their movement patterns and improving the cumulative efficiency and overall production of a mine site.
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