One Day Demo: MineProx - Agnico Eagle, Kittilä
One of our most recent One Day Demos (ODD) was performed in the Lapland region of Northern Finland at Agnico Eagle’s Kittilä gold mine, the largest gold mine in Europe.
The system that was requested for this demo was MineProx, the Newtrax adhoc peer-to-peer network designed for proximity detection of pedestrians and vehicles.
The process is broken down into 6 simple steps:
1. Arrival on site
2. Discussion on expected results and identifying levels to conduct tests
3. Installation of unite underground
4. Testing of scenarios
5. Recovery of deployed solution
6. Discussion on findings
Whenever people need to work around big mining equipment, keeping them safe is a top priority. MineProx allows for the detection of pedestrians, trucks, and any obstacles that may come in the way of an LHD bucket, which is a blind spot that can’t be covered with cameras.
MineProx utilises sub-GHz RF technology to create a peer-to-peer network of vehicles and miners. Not only will it give out proximity warnings, the system can also be used to alert scoop operators that a truck is on its way even before it appears in its line of sight, enabling operators to prepare for the truck and improve mine production.
MineProx is unique in its ability to reduce risk of collisions in underground mines by taking into consideration traffic as well fixed hazards, especially in intersections. Coupled with its Right-Of-Way patent-pending solution that reduces contention problems, MineProx offers a unique added value by not only enhancing safety in the underground mines but also optimizing production.
The MineProx proximity warning system was designed specifically to reduce the risk of collisions between:
- Vehicles and personnel
- Vehicles and vehicles
- Vehicles and fixed hazards
No network infrastructure is required underground for this solution. The only infrastructure required is a “MineHop” hot spot in the cap lamp room to enable the start of shift testing of personal safety devices and for end-of-shift data collection about near-miss events. With the MineProx™ system, a miner just needs to turn off one’s cap lamp, and he will be out of the system. It also serves as a personal safety device that can alert others if a miner is down, meaning he is injured or incapable of moving.
In order to warn of obstacles, the MineProx™ system comes with Fixed Hazard Proximity Beacons which are placed on fixed plant and stationary equipment that will provide warnings to operators. It can also be used to mark loose ground, dangerous intersections, and open holes.
To request a demo for your mine and see how simple our solutions are to install and use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org