SafePos – Safety positioning for the mining industry




Haukur Ingason


Purpose and goal
The aim of the project was to test systems for localisation and communication, where narrow-band 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, although the result was not the expected.

Structure 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 SMEs 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.

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 is not installed. Wearable technology that can use these improved new possibilities will improve safety and effectiveness during fire and rescue operations.