Wireless Information and Safety System for Mines
In case of disaster in an underground mine, it is very difficult for mine management to identify actual person trapped, their number, and exact location. Therefore, identification and coding of miners is a vital need for underground mine management in case of disaster as well as normal operating conditions. Mining industry is generally capital intensive; cost of maintenance (35% of operating cost of system) at mechanized mines goes as high as 50–60% when both direct and indirect costs are taken into account (Sen, 2001). Sometimes, it constitutes 30% of total production cost. In today’s globally competitive market scenario, efforts to reduce production cost have awaken mining industry for automation and optimum utilization of equipment by increasing its availability and performance (Kumar and Guha, 2001; Bandyopadhyay et al., 2001,2008a).
KeywordsPacket Delivery Ratio Underground Mine Voltage Regulator Power Rating ZigBee Network
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