Mesh-type wireless monitoring networks are the most efficient way to collect data inside and around many different types of mines. Networks based on Mine Design Technologies RTU wireless nodes, coupled with Ethernet gateways and interpreted by custom software suites like MDT’s MineMonitor and MineHop web interface, are your best option for the following, and other, reasons:
- Easy Installation and Rapid Deployment. MDT-RTU wireless repeater nodes are very easy to install and connect to up to 3 geotechnical monitoring instruments. Once installed, they connect automatically to the wireless mesh network created by other MDT-RTUs and begin sending data to mine engineers via Ethernet gateways and the mine’s existing local area network (LAN).
- Cost Effectiveness and Scalability. MDT-RTUs, used in conjunction with Ethernet gateways, are very good value for money. Wireless monitoring networks using a mesh of repeater nodes from Mine Design Technologies can be easily expanded. Simply install a new MDT-RTU within the operating range of another node, and it will connect itself to the wireless mesh sensor network and begin sending data. And there is no need for a power cable, since they operate on batteries for years.
- Flexibility. Various types of monitoring instruments can be connected to an MDT-RTU based wireless mesh sensor network; for example, multi-point borehole extensometers (SMART MPBX), combination mini 6-wire extensometer/cable bolts (SMART Cable), six-point collapsible contractometers (SMART Contractometer), up to 18 ground movement monitors (SMART GMM), and Slough meters. MDT-RTUs can also be used to monitor 4-20mA sensors or other analog sensors as required.
- Peace of Mind. Due to their quality and because their internal batteries last for three years or more, using MDT-RTUs in your mine means that you don’t need to waste mental energy worrying about an inefficient or high-maintenance wireless monitoring network.