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Turkish Mines Track Workers With BLE

Tagvance has deployed Leantegra's Bluetooth Low Energy technology in a lead and zinc mine in Southern Turkey for the Dedeman Mining Company, thereby ensuring that the firm meets new federal safety regulations.
By Claire Swedberg

Altogether, the mine has six such WiRange devices installed, with another six planned for installation during phase two of the deployment. Each gateway is powered via a Power-over-Ethernet cable.

The solution does not require high location accuracy, explains Ariel Wolfe, Leantegra's sales director, "since the task is [only] to locate an employee in one of the zones."

Mine operators can use the Leantegra CVO Portal dashboard on the local server to view employees' locations in real time. The system ensures that the company is regulation-compliant. The data can also be used, however, for analytics purposes, such as understanding how long each employee remains in the tunnels, and where they go. This can enable not only safety assurance, but better efficiency as well, since a mining company can identify the volume of work being done and the number of individuals involved in that work, and readjust the assignment of workers accordingly.

The system was first tested through March and early April of this year. It was taken live in mid-April.

"Besides enhancing safety conditions, this system is stipulated as legal requirement by the Turkish mining law," Wolfe says. "They have reported already successfully passing a surprise visit by an inspector who deemed the solution suitable and satisfactory to the new regulatory stipulations."

The mining company now plans to expand the system to cover all 600 meters (1,970 feet) of the tunnel's length, up to 120 meters (394 feet) deep. Tagvance is also installing the Leantegra system at another mine location that covers 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of tunnels, also in the Taurus Mountains.

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