Underground Wireless Communication Technologies

Communication is important in every field and in everything from the heavy equipment industry. One of the areas where communication is paramount is in an underground mining environment. Tunneling and mining operations required consistent and sophisticated communication to ensure productivity and the safety of all workers at a location.

Underground communication systems in mining require their own forms of technology to maintain signals and ensure effective communication in harmful environments. Installing a proper leaky feeder system can help to reduce offer-off and reduce the chance of lost production. Suspended operations can lead to substantial losses over time and underground wireless communication technologies can include two-way voice communications and data communications to keep lines open.

From remote monitoring to controlling mining equipment, various sensors throughout a mining site will provide real-time a to operating information while also ensuring that communication can take place between all miners. There are structure and non-symmetric topography that need to be taken into account in any reliable communications network and with the mining communication solutions, we can ensure that all communications whether they are data or voice can perforate through rock surfaces.

The types of technology often employed for the use of underground mining communications include RF radio frequency transmitters, magneto phones, voice-powered phones, hoist rope systems and I’d like leaky feeder radio systems. Introducing these types of technology can keep communications constant throughout mining sites and ensure that all underground mines can operate by the safety standards outlined and required by all governing bodies.

State-of-the-art leaky feeder systems are often the option of choice and they offer better propagation from a cable that’s three times better than traditional VHF wireless communication. These systems can not only maintain ongoing voice communications but a consistent voice-over IP and Wi-Fi solution for mining. They are easy to extend as mining sites grow larger and they also offer superior solutions for expanding wireless infrastructure.

If you are interested in learning more about wireless communication technology in mining sites, contact us today. 

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 increasingly more sophisticated 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. Click here to learn more!

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