Much like the strata of rock visible in a mine, modern mining communications rest on layers of communications technologies, introduced over time to improve the safety, efficiency, and productivity of mining operations.
Ground-breaking new technologies will continue to emerge, but earlier technologies continue to perform the function they were intended for, and do not necessarily become obsolete; indeed most remain relevant and are maintained, advanced and upgraded by manufacturers.
So, rather than the development of a single, ideal technology, the future... Continue Reading
Whether you move passengers, minerals, or patients, success means getting your payload to where it needs to be, in a safe and timely manner. Whatever hurdles stand in your way, reliable voice and data communications can help ensure the journey is secure and efficient. Bruce Magee, General Manager for Mining at Tait offers some insight.
Industries with a heavy reliance on vehicles, like mining and transport, share a number of similarities. Firstly, operational structure is often similar with large distances needing to be covered within strict deadlines, the scale of... Continue Reading
Resource companies, along with other industries, are actively looking into advanced wireless communications and how they can make business safer and more efficient. With a vast variety of options including digital radio, data services, and automation, the companies question the future effect on mine sites and oil rigs. So how can organizations ensure they’re prepared to meet these demands?
The following article from the latest issue of Connection magazine talks about the future of wireless communication. Omnitronics Ltd, a global Tait Technology Partner, has been talking to... Continue Reading
Independent communications consultant Dr Jan Noordhof discusses the future of communications in the Mining industry.
As the scope of the industry’s communications requirements increase, many mines employ an expanding, but disparate mix of technologies. Over many decades, mines have employed phones, bell signalling, leaky feeder systems, through-the-earth communications, VOIP, WiFi, RFID, and cellular to name a few.
Tait Communications (Tait) and MST Global (MST) are proud to announce FUSION Voice, a world-first for underground mining and tunneling communications. FUSION Voice offers an in-vehicle radio that can operate in VoIP mode from the underground WiFi network and, at the push of a button, operate via the UHF or VHF radio system that may be in place.
FUSION Voice is the result of a joint development project between Tait and MST, integrating MST’s communication-over-Wi-Fi expertise with the Tait Unified Vehicle platform to form one in-vehicle, push-to talk unit. FUSION Voice enables access to reliable, dedicated voice communication over WiFi networks from inside a vehicle.
Rio Tinto Coal Australia manages the Bengalla Mining Company on behalf of Coal and Allied and other Joint Venture Partners.
Situated in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the mine has operated since 1998.
The Bengalla Mining Company required an upgrade of their radio communication system. The previous system created a number of frustrations for the mine’s growing operations, the most prominent being communication black spots.
For an open pit operation, the landscape is continually changing with spoil dumps created from the mining... Continue Reading