Communication and Hazard Monitoring in Bleeders and Remote Workings
The overall objective of this project is to extend communication and hazard monitoring into bleeders or other remote workings in an active underground coal mine. The specific objectives include:
- Determining industry and regulatory priorities for the types of sensor data that would be most valuable in bleeders (carbon monoxide, methane, air speed, vibration to help detect roof falls, moisture, etc.)
- Modifying existing MF tracking reader to accept input from one or more auxiliary sensors.
- Modifying existing data collection and display software to display remote sensor information and/or to pass the collected data over a computer network.
- Evaluating state-of-the-art power scavenging devices to power the readers and sensors in the bleeders without the need for frequent battery changes.
- Evaluating concepts of operation (CONOPS) for the use of portable medium frequency radios as part of the fire bossing of the bleeders that will allow continuous voice communications in remote areas.
Contract Status & Impact
Further contract details pending.