Dundee Precious Metals has installed AeroScout’s Wi-Fi RFID mining solution at its Chelopech Mine in Bulgaria. The AeroScout solution will be used for tracking people, equipment and vehicles to improve worker safety and productivity, both on the surface and underground.
As part of the initial deployment, DPM has deployed more than 1,000 AeroScout tags. The tags are worn by miners or mounted on vehicles and equipment, which transmit vital information over the mine’s standard Wi-Fi network. Information is also sent to AeroScout’s MobileView software, providing DPM with the real-time location of these people and assets.
Previously, the company kept track of workers by noting who had turned in their cap lamps at the end of their shift. Now, this process is automated, allowing staff in the control room to quickly determine the location of miners.
Also in the past, workers driving underground used a radio checkpoint system to relay their location. But now, DPM has visibility into the location of its machinery, which helps the control room more effectively direct traffic, quickly identify problems and better respond in case of emergencies.