Mine Solution Tracks Worker Safety, Operations via Tags, Droids and Robots

By Claire Swedberg

Australian technology companies Rajant, Extronics, Poynting Antennas and Australian Droid + Robot have teamed up to offer an active RFID and mesh-network solution that enables real-time tracking of individuals, equipment and vehicles with a limited fixed infrastructure.

After personnel and equipment enter underground mines, a mine manager is challenged with understanding where they are located and any potential safety risks or opportunities for productivity improvements. The nature of mines creates accessibility issues, a ruggedized environment and intrinsically active movement, all of which challenges technologies designed to track mine activity with wired or even wireless connectivity. Several technology companies...

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