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Introduce underground Wi-Fi makes Anglo American’s coal mines more productive

Coal News - Published on Mon, 20 May 2019

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IOL reported that the introduction of underground Wi-Fi has improved productivity and working conditions for hundreds of miners at Anglo American’s coal mining operations in Mpumalanga by enabling two-way communications between miners working underground and staff on the surface. Goedehoop Colliery recently became the coal division’s second operation to introduce intrinsically safe wireless communication infrastructure and smartphones at its 4 million tonne per annum Simunye Shaft. Zibulo Colliery was the first Anglo American Coal South African mine to introduce the technology in 2016.

Anglo American’s Edgar Simfukwe, said that “We’re working in an environment where safety and productivity are paramount. The introduction of underground Wi-Fi is a game-changer. It allows our miners to communicate more easily, thereby making mines more productive. The main benefit is that breakdowns can be reported and resolved faster – in some cases, by contacting equipment manufacturers on the spot. Not only that, employees can send photographs and video clips to aid troubleshooting. They’re also able to arrange for the immediate dispatch of spare parts, get work authorisations, and flag faults before they become major issues.”

Traditionally, coal mines use fixed underground telephones, which frequently require a long walk or drive to reach. This means employees often need to return to the surface to get a message to a colleague, report a problem or access critical information.

With the new Wi-Fi and smartphones, miners can communicate instantly via voice calls or text messaging to and from the surface, and from one underground section to another.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 20 May 2019
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