—Pankaj Kumar (India)
There are many examples of mining companies using RFID-based real-time location systems. Here are some articles that may be of interest to you:
• Australian Mining Contractor Prevents Vehicular Collisions
Byrnecut Mining developed a cost-effective RFID solution to improve safety during short-term mining projects.
• Xstrata Mines RFID’s Benefits
To help it track personnel and improve safety and productivity, the company’s coal division has rolled out a Wi-Fi-based active RFID system.
• CVRD Inco Mines Turns to Ekahau to Track Assets, Productivity
Two of the company’s mining sites are currently installing Ekahau’s real-time location systems.
• RFID Helps Miners Strike Gold
Several South African mines are using semi-active UHF RFID tags to identify gold and waste rock as material leaves blasting sites.
• Kentucky, West Virginia Mines Try RFID Combined With Telecommunications
To improve safety, the mines are adopting or testing systems that use Axcess International’s active RFID tags and readers, integrated with communications technologies from Tunnel Radio or Foundation Telecommunications Inc.
• RFID Is Golden to Nevada Mine
Newmont’s Leeville gold mine is using an AeroScout Wi-Fi-based system to track workers and equipment at its underground operation.
• Anglo Coal Tags Miners’ Cap Lamps, Vehicles and Tools
Although the main objective of its RFID system is to improve employee safety, the company also hopes to cut costs by better tracking tools between shifts.
• Active RFID Drills into Mining Industry
Real-time locating systems (RTLS) provider AeroScout of San Mateo, California, last week announced a new active RFID solution targeted at the mining industry. Designed to improve the safety of miners, it was codeveloped with Mine Site Technologies, a specialized mining communication company in Australia.
I hope these articles are of assistance to you.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal