Radio Communications And Tunnels
Wireless communications and tunnels have not always been systems that are easy to manage. At a certain point, it can grow difficult for communications to continue in underground mines. With the development of new radio technology for mining sites, mining companies are seeing improvements with their wireless communications.
Wireless Communications and Tunnels – Underground Mining Sites
The way that the technology has improved is by allowing underground communications to be independent of the immediate atmospheric environment.
Mining companies now utilize Radio LAN (Local Area Network) system which processes radio signals, allowing them to penetrate inside mines without significant loss of signal strength.
These radio signals are able to fit through cracks and seams of the rocks in the underground areas, allowing for communication throughout the tunnels.
By using this technology it allows mining companies to still communicate with room-to-room, person-to-person, etc. It also makes communication across large sites easier by creating one larger network that extends anywhere.
This technology has been used in many countries all over the world, one of the first being Australia. By using this system for wireless communications, mining companies are able to cut out the need for physical cabling on site. This is helpful because it allows them to concentrate on mining without the difficult process of running cables or losing connection with the surface during operations.
Wireless Communications and Tunnels – The Benefits
The benefits of this technology are that it allows companies to easily communicate without spending a lot on installation costs. It is also more reliable than hard wired networks because the system will not be disrupted in the event of a collision to a line or accident that might take out a single antenna.
If you would be interested in learning more about wireless communications in mining or about the nature of new communications technology in mining, 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 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.