The growing importance of communication technology in mining
Mining is a dangerous industry. Communications play an important role in improving safety and operational efficiency. Remote monitoring and active surveillance are possible thanks to technology. Technology has also enabled better medical response to major incidents.
Reliable communication systems can reduce risk by providing two-way communication between miners, their support teams and the rest of the world. This allows them to monitor conditions and respond quickly in an emergency. In some cases, remote connectivity can make the difference between life or death. Video collaboration allows specialist consultants to remotely diagnose and offer advice to onsite medical teams that may not be equipped to treat certain injuries.
Complexity can be overcome
It is difficult to implement these technologies. Each location is unique and has its own challenges. There is no one-size fits all solution so every solution must be localized and compatible with centralised technology systems.
Becker communications connects Australian mining companies with branch offices via the most up-to-date unified communication tools,
A cable that transmits radio signals through tiny gaps in copper sheath used to be the preferred method. Technology now allows communication systems to function from any location in the underground environment. This includes supporting VoIP phones as well as IP cameras via a large area network.
Predictive analytics and big data are also helping to create competitive advantages in resource exploration. Analytics reduces unplanned downtime and ensures timely maintenance of oil wells and other assets. Future mining will be increasingly digital. The future of mining will be digital. Communications technology will improve business processes, eliminate waste, reduce environmental impact, and increase worker safety.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in radio communication in tunnels and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.