Safety positioning for the mining industry

Reference number
Coordinator SP SVERIGES TEKNISKA FORSKNINGSINSTITUT AB - Fire Research
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration August 2015 - January 2016
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for mining and metal recovery – STRIM
Call STRIM-Call spring 2015

Purpose and goal

The aim of the project was to test systems for localization and communication, where narrow- as well as ultra wide-band radio transmission techniques were evaluated. New technologies that can use the possibilities for improved positioning and connectivity was identified with the aim to improve effectiveness and safety during rescue operations. The results clearly show what systems to further develop and what systems that should not be used for this application. The project has well fulfilled the aims, though the result was not the expected.

Results and expected effects

The tests showed that UWB technology is preferable to narrow band in gaining sufficient promptness. The results are guiding for future system design with more accurate positioning and improved connectivity. The technique can be used both in fixed installations and in ad-hoc systems. Ad-hoc systems can be used for backing up existing systems or for use where the technology in not installed. Wearable technology that can use these improved new possibilities will improve safety and effectiveness during fire and rescue operations.

Approach and implementation

Tests have been performed in mining and complex indoor environments. Tests and interviews have had two main directions - technology for positioning and F&R operation supporting technology. The introductory seminar was of great value for the work performed within the pre-study and the continuous interaction with the SME:s and the mining industry have given important in-data to the research team. The results from the project have given a good comprehension of the needs for future R&D.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2015-01473

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