February 2021
Volume 73    Issue 2

Assessing the feasibility of a commercially available wireless Internet of Things system to improve conveyor safety

Jacksha, R.; Raj , K.V.


Conveyor systems persist in being a source of injuries and fatalities in the mining industry. To reduce these incidents, better methods are needed to enhance the monitoring of probable hazards and improve situational awareness during the normal operation and maintenance of conveyor systems. To address these issues, researchers from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) continue to investigate emerging technologies that show the potential to improve miner safety around conveyors. This paper presents a feasibility assessment by NIOSH researchers of a fully integrated, commercially available wireless Internet of Things (IoT) system to improve situational awareness around conveyor systems.


Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-020-00325-3


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