Wireless Mesh Sensor Networks are the Best Choice for Modern Underground Mines
Modern underground mines often extend deeper and wider than their older predecessors. Advances in engineering practice and technology have mostly facilitated this trend. Shafts can be sunk deeper and tunnels made longer than in the past because the techniques and equipment used by mine engineers are so much better than before.
This expanded scope is, however, not limited exclusively to newer mines. In some cases, the same measures are applied to older mines to increase production, yield and profitability.
Whether they are in a new or old mine, the excavation and use of deep shafts and long tunnels is accompanied by the risk of collapse/cave in, fire, explosion, and unbreathable air due to the presence of noxious, toxic and possibly even flammable or explosive gasses.
In order to minimize these risks, mine engineers use a variety of monitoring instruments. These instruments provide valuable information that can be used to determine when a dangerous situation is developing within the mine, enabling workers to take proper precautions.
Most monitoring instruments in use in modern mines contain electronic sensors, as this makes them more accurate than older instruments that are purely manual or mechanical in nature. Usually these instruments also have some form of electronic readout head to facilitate easy collection of data.
Once data is collected, it needs to be moved to a central point for interpretation and analysis. The best way to do this is to have all of the monitoring instruments in the mine connected to a comprehensive wireless mesh sensor network. This type of network is robust, easily scalable and highly efficient.
Read this article for more information about how a wireless mesh sensor network works and why it makes sense for every underground mine to have one.