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Post-accident mine communications and tracking systems.

Authors
Novak-T; Snyder-DP; Kohler-JL
Source
IAS '09: Conference Record of the 2009 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Forty-fourth IAS Annual Meeting, October 4-8, 2009, Houston, Texas. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2009 Oct; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20036691
Abstract
Recent mine disasters in the U.S. exposed various inadequacies and gaps in mine-safety technology. Congress responded to these tragedies by enacting the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act), which resulted in the most significant change to mine-safety laws in 30 years. To help meet the requirements of the MINER Act and to help eliminate future tragedies, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health initiated aggressive research programs for developing new, and enhancing existing, mine-safety technologies. A major research emphasis addressed the lack of postaccident communications, which surfaced as a critical deficiency in some disasters. As a result, three communications approaches emerged as viable technologies-enhanced leaky-feeder, wireless-mesh, and medium-frequency systems. This paper describes the operation, application, advantages, and disadvantages of each system, as well as the challenges associated with underground wireless communications.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Mine-rescue; Mine-disasters; Mine-fires
Publication Date
20091001
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9781424434763
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
IAS '09: Conference Record of the 2009 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Forty-fourth IAS Annual Meeting, October 4-8, 2009, Houston, Texas
State
PA
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