Post-accident mine communications and tracking systems

Thomas Novak, David P. Snyder, Jeffery L. Kohler

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Abstract

Recent mine disasters in the United States exposed various inadequacies and gaps in mine-safety technology. Congress responded to these tragedies by enacting the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act), which resulted in the most significant change to mine-safety laws in 30 years. To help meet the requirements of the MINER Act and to help eliminate future tragedies, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) initiated aggressive research programs for developing new, and enhancing existing, mine-safety technologies. A major research emphasis addressed the lack of postaccident communications, which surfaced as a critical deficiency in some disasters. As a result, three communications approaches emerged as viable technologies - enhanced leaky-feeder, wireless-mesh, and medium-frequency systems. This paper describes the operation, application, advantages, and disadvantages of each system, as well as the challenges associated with underground wireless communications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 4 2008Oct 8 2008

Publication series

NameConference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)
ISSN (Print)0197-2618

Other

Other2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityHouston, TX
Period10/4/0810/8/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Novak, T., Snyder, D. P., & Kohler, J. L. (2009). Post-accident mine communications and tracking systems. In 2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting [5324810] (Conference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)). https://doi.org/10.1109/IAS.2009.5324810
Novak, Thomas ; Snyder, David P. ; Kohler, Jeffery L. / Post-accident mine communications and tracking systems. 2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting. 2009. (Conference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)).
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Post-accident mine communications and tracking systems. / Novak, Thomas; Snyder, David P.; Kohler, Jeffery L.

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