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Why Are Mine Radio Systems Important?

Mine radio systems are a type of radio that is crucial to maintaining digital communication in a mining site. These radios provide voice, data and video communications  between each piece of mining equipment, and include features like GPS tracking for location identification. A collection of these types of radios is known as a mine radio network.

Mine radio networks are used to manage daily production output in the coal industry, especially in areas where there is significant distance between pieces of equipment. The locations can be easily identified with special maps that show the locations of each piece of machinery, which are programmed into the radio. These special features are extremely important for coal mines, because coal is often located very deep underground where traditional cell phone networks don’t work. Because it’s impossible to get a signal down there anyway, having these custom mine radio systems is essential to maintaining daily production output.

Keeping mine communications open leads to massive efficiency improvements and it is also crucial to the prevention of accidents on a mining site.  In cases of emergency, having a radio is the only way for machines to communicate with each other.

The mining industry has large amounts of machinery that need to be managed daily. Communication prevents collisions, improves coordination, and can serve as an alarm system in the event of an emergency. The system works on a low-power antenna feed including Bluetooth support which ensures an uninterrupted form of communication.

The devices are robust and include materials to ensure that they can stand up to harsh environments like deep underground tunnels. If you are interested in learning more about digital communications and digital radio systems for a mining site, contact us today. We can help you learn about all the latest advancements in mining technology and showcase the best new mine radio systems.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in Mine Radio Systems and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.

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