Mining is an exacting industry combining the latest technology, machinery and human skills to maximise efficiency, productivity and safety.
The process of mining, tunnelling and quarrying also presents a harsh operating environment where it is of critical importance that equipment used can withstand extreme temperature, dust, noise, moisture and toxic exposure.
Two way radio systems help operators to achieve greater efficiencies while enabling the implementation of robust safety standards through instant, fail-safe communications in voice and data to monitor and manage information and resources - vital in the event of an accident or major incident.
Two way radio systems provide the most convenient and effective means of communication in mines as it allows cost effective instant and simultaneous communication with individuals and groups of people.
Increasingly, mining operations are migrating from analogue to digital two-way radio communications and from base station and hand portable systems to application driven trunked two-way radio solutions.
Kenwood can offer a wide variety of highly flexible digital radio systems delivering voice and data capabilities to the mining sector, from the infinitely scalable trunked network capabilities of NEXEDGE® NXDN to NEXEDGE® dPMR and Kenwood DMR to the latest ProTalk digital license-free PMR446 radios featuring digital/analogue mixed mode and ProTalk DECT fully duplex digital wireless intercom systems.
NEXEDGE® NXDN in particular can also incorporate a host of advanced features including personnel and vehicle tracking, monitoring of water levels, access control, pumps, surveillance cameras and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller ) equipment.
ATEX / IECEx certified
Kenwood offers a wide range of high performance analogue and digital radio communications solutions to the mining industry including analogue and NEXEDGE® digital ATEX / IECEx hand portable radios certified for operation in hazardous environments where combustible gases and airborne particles are present. These radios must be deployed in appropriate areas but can be used alongside intrinsically safe and non certified radios within the same system and feature a host of advanced worker protection, safety and operation features including GPS (NEXEDGE® ATEX models) and long battery life.
Kenwood analogue and digital two-way radio systems are employed extensively in mining operations around the world including SSGPO Mining, Kazahkstan, Anglo American Platinum, South Africa, African Minerals Ltd, Sierra Leone and Potash Corp, USA.