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Underground Mining Safety

 Underground Mining Safety - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Real Time Analytics
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Applicable Industries
  • Mining
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Mesh Networks
  • Onsite Human Safety Management
The Customer
About The Customer
ArgonST, a Boeing Company
The Challenge

The goal was to produce a safety system to monitor and support underground mining operations; existing systems were either too simple (i.e. phone line) or overly complex and expensive, inhibiting deployment, and providing little-to-no support in event of an accident. Given the dangerous nature of the mining work environment and the strict regulations placed on the industry, the solution would have to comply with Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulations. Yet the product needed to allow for simple deployment to truly be a groundbreaking solution - increasing miner safety and changing daily operations for the better.

The Solution

Sine-Wave worked closely with Boeing to build and test an end-to-end Miner Safety System on our Platform. Boeing developed a unique mesh network topology to facilitate communication in the harsh mining environment. Combining this with Sine-Wave’s Platform to manage traffic, we produced a modern Web 2.0 browser-based application which facilitated communication with miners, machines and operators. This software permits mining operations to see a real-time view of all activities underground, including support of custom maps at each mining operation.

Data Collected
Communication Performance, Operation Performance, Operator Compliance, Reportable Health and Safety Incidents
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Labor Safety]
    Improved miner safety
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Communication]
    Improved miner communication

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