January 2013

Advanced Communication Technology in the Mining Industry

Two Way RadioThere are many difficult and dangerous businesses and industries that help support our civilization, none more fraught with peril than mining. Every year, thousands of workers put their lives on the line to find and recover the basic materials that keep the wheels of industry turning. The key to their safety and to continued high levels of production is communication.

Two way communication technology for the mining industry has come a long way over the past decades, and is today both powerful and reliable. The environment for this work is typically outdoors or underground, two locations that are traditionally tough on equipment.

One excellent solution for this communications problem is an outdoor wireless intercom system, one that is particularly designed and built to withstand environmental extremes while still delivering high quality audio. The nature of the terrain involves often precludes the installation of cables or other infrastructure, so the wireless solution is invaluable. It allows surface workers to stay in touch with those laboring far underground, whether for routine tasks or in case of emergency.

A MURS multi-mile base wireless intercom is another excellent solution for keeping everyone working on a far-flung mine site in touch. It is capable of addressing a wide range of communication devices, ranging from handheld walkie-talkie types to callboxes or other base stations. One of these units could be installed on each level of the facility, as well as at all gates and access points. Special noisy location handsets that are designed to work with these base stations are also available.

The combination of these two proven solutions gives an exceptionally powerful and flexible setup. The superintendent or General Manager can be in touch with anyone at any level, quickly and easily, allowing orders to be given, reports to be received and emergency activities to be rapidly coordinated.

Maximum production is always the goal of any mine installation – but it can never be at the expense of employee safety. The design and specification of a communications system is a key consideration when beginning any sort of mining operations, just as important as assaying the value of the ore found, the transportation in and out of the site, and the many other aspects required before the first shovel of dirt is turned over. A consultation with a communications professional prior to beginning work is strongly advised, and is money well spent in assuring a safe, productive work environment.

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GSM Intercom Uses a Cell Phone Network to Provide Infinite-Range Wireless Coverage.

GSM Intercoms, which have been very popular in Europe and Australia, are now available in the United States from RoveTec. In the U.S., a GSM Intercom is referred to as a Cell Phone Network Intercom.

GSM IntercomThe Infinite-Range Wireless Cell Phone Network Intercoms by RoveTec not only let their owners talk to visitors, but they also have the ability to trigger a gate opener or electric door lock by pressing a key on a telephone keypad.  The gate or door can also be triggered with text messages. In the event of a party or other situation where lots of people will be entering the gate, a text message could be sent to the gate to latch it in the open position. At the end of the party, another message is sent to close it again.

With these intercoms you can:

  • Let family members, who forgot their keys, enter the house.
  • Let delivery people in with instructions on where to leave packages.
  • Not have to run over to an intercom to answer the door.
  • Use a text message to latch a gate open for parties.
  • Let guests use their cell phone as an access key to open a door or gate.
  • Have convenience and peace of mind from having all of the above.

In the U.S. GSM services are offered by AT&T and T-Mobile and those providers who contract for services from them like Straight Talk, Net10, and others. GSM-based mobile phone service requires use of a standard-sized Subscriber Identification Module (SIM), which is an integrated circuit that securely stores information needed to identify and authenticate subscribers on mobile telephony devices. This SIM card is placed in the cell phone network intercom.

Three telephone numbers can be programmed in the intercom system, and these can be landline telephones or cell phones. When a visitor arrives at the intercom and presses the button, it dials the first number. If the first number does not answer, the intercom dials the second number, and then the third. Visitors should always be able to reach someone so important deliveries or visitors will not be missed.

Guests can also use their cell phone as a gate opener remote control if their telephone number is programmed into the intercom. The intercom uses the caller ID of a mobile phone to identify callers, and when it identifies callers on the list, it activates its internal relay, which opens the gate.  Numbers for delivery drivers, landscaping personnel, friends, family members, or anyone who needs access to the property can be programmed.

Says David Onslow, Marketing Director of IntercomsOnline.com who distributes the product, “With GSM intercoms you get benefits you can’t get from traditional wired or wireless intercoms, plus there is no need to run a telephone line or wires to the system, thereby eliminating the expense and mess associated with that task.”

For more information click here: cell phone network intercom or call 888-298-9489.

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