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St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora

Brisbane, Australia – February, 2017 —  Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of safety and productivity management systems for underground hard rock mines announced it has been selected by St Barbara Leonora Operations to supply and install a Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

After conducting an extensive tender evaluation of several vendors, St Barbara will roll out Newtrax’s MineHop™ MineTrax™ and MineProx™ solutions as their latest Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

MineHop, Newtrax’s flagship solution, is unique in its ability to provide wireless connectivity to the most critical part of the mining process: the face. This enables mine operators to identify in real-time the bottlenecks that could be preventing them from getting the face utilization they need to achieve maximum productivity.

MineTrax is an application that uses the RF signals from the MineHop network infrastructure and mobile terminals to determine the position of all people on foot (via the monitoring of cap lamps) as well as vehicles (through the monitoring of vehicle devices).

MineProx, Newtrax’s cutting-edge Proximity Warning System utilizes 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 bogger (LHD) 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.


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Patent MineHop Battery-powered wireless network infrastructure

Newtrax Awarded Patent from USPTO for “Tracking of and Communication with Mobile Terminals Using a Battery-Powered Wireless Network Infrastructure”

Newtrax Technologies Inc. awarded U.S Patent for “Tracking of and Communication with Mobile Terminals Using a Battery-Powered Wireless Network Infrastructure”

Montreal, QC – June 30, 2016 — The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Newtrax Technologies Inc., the leading provider of safety and productivity management systems to the global underground hard rock mining industry, Patent No. 9,351,242 for “Tracking of and Communication With Mobile Terminals Using a Battery-Powered Wireless Network Infrastructure”. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2007.

The MineHop™ battery-powered wireless network enables machines, people and instruments to remain online at the face while they work, for real-time monitoring of the mining process and short-interval control during the shift. Safety benefits include instant evacuation notification in areas where stench gas takes the longest to reach, man down detection and check-in of men working alone.

“This US patent consolidates our global patent protection for the cornerstone technology of our real-time safety and productivity management system” said Alexandre Cervinka, President & CEO of Newtrax Technologies Inc..

Newtrax’s current portfolio of patents and patents pending internationally (Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Russia, China and Australia) include several innovations specific to wireless networking, tracking and proximity warning in underground mines, such as:

  • Context-aware collision avoidance devices and collision avoidance system
  • Post-accident network probe to re-establish communications with isolated sections of underground mines
  • Power management of high-bandwidth wireless mesh network


Newtrax - Post Accident Network Probe

The most useful tool we hope you won’t need : The Post-Accident Network Probe

The most useful tool we hope you won't need

By Craig Banks, Regional Sales Manager, USA & Canada

The Post-Accident Network Probe


During my fifteen year tenure in mining, I’ve had the great opportunity to visit many mines around the world to discuss applications of different technologies. Lately, I’ve been focused on the capture and reporting of underground production data from the rock face, remote monitoring of underground mining sensors, proximity detection, and safety adherence specifically for underground hard rock mines. With the many offerings from Newtrax, there is a lot to talk about when I’m onsite.

One piece of gear that has been a huge talking point with mining clients is the post-accident network probe. Here’s how it works… with a Newtrax MineHop wireless battery powered network in place for personnel and equipment tracking, we can help mining companies measure workspace performance and monitor the location of their underground assets and staff in real-time. Our system is entirely self-sufficient and MineHop continues to operate during power outages – meaning you can signal your team via their cap lamps when other means are unavailable.

post-accident network probe scenario

In the case of a serious emergency – like a major collapse or a fire near an access point – miners retreat to refuges as communications links are often severely damaged or broken. When these accidents occur, it is critical to know where to rescue (miner locations), if the miners are okay (miner movement), and what are the gas levels and ventilation system conditions. It is also crucial to be able to establish communication with the trapped miners.

With a MineHop wireless network in place and broken backhauls, a Newtrax post-accident network probe can be lowered through ventilation raises or diamond drill holes to reconnect the network. The device can instantly take advantage of the Newtrax network self-healing capability and acts as a new backhaul link giving rescuers a direct link to invaluable underground data in support of rescue.

At Newtrax, ensuring our clients get value from their investments in our equipment is top priority. However, the post-accident network probe is the one tool that we believe every underground mine should have, but that we hope will sit on a shelf in the rescue operations center.