Mining is one of the most hazardous jobs available today as miners constantly work with multiple safety hazards. It’s an age-old industry that continuously provides us with the valuable items that we use every day. This entire article was dedicated to how mining is affected by RFID, and how far it progressed by implementing safety standards. I summed up three examples for you guys so that you can see some of the different ways companies are developing strategies to help the mining industry.
In the first story, PervCom Consulting developed an active RFID tag solution that will help map out where miners are in the mines. They pinpoint the miners’ locations based on how far they are away from RFID readers placed strategically across the mine. Also, the RFID system will monitor the conditions in the mine. This can potentially keep them safe from mine collapses and carbon dioxide or methane leaks. The tag and its sensor transmits temperature, humidity, and air quality.
The second story talks about tracking the materials that were actually mined. Vale Inco has found a way to put an RFID tag in a pile of mined rocks to track the pile’s whereabouts through the mining process. These tags are even designed to survive the ‘crusher’ that crushes the rocks into smaller, 8-inch rocks. The RFID readers along the way provide the staff with exact location of all the different types of materials.
The third story I wanted to write about talks about how Newmont Mining, which specializes in gold mining, uses a Wi-Fi RFID solution to track workers to make sure everyone is out of the mine in case of emergency. They decided to track their over 600 miners and 95 vehicles to improve worker safety. AeroScout came up the program that keeps the workers feeling better about their jobs and safety.
There are several more ways that RFID is helping the mining industry, be sure and read more at RFID Journal to find out how.
Implementing RFID in Pharmacies
When it comes to medicines expiring, it can be tough work trying to keep everything in perfect form in case of emergency. Kevin MacDonald saw how much time his wife, a physician, was devoting to keeping pharmacy kits up to date and decided to develop a solution for her long hours. For nurses and pharmacists, restocking these kits is usually extremely difficult considering that there are over 200 items in each kit. This system they developed automatically lets the pharmacists know that a specific product has passed its expiration date, and they need to replace it.
They fixed this problem and even were able to get around the fact that there was liquid in these kits. Right now they have a patent pending for their unusual way around it, but I guess the answer is left up to us to speculate. With $10.4 million in their first round of funding, you can see that the question wasn’t how do you do it, but how fast can we get these?
Read more at Venture Beat.
Just like my article last week on school safety, Napa Hospital has put in place a system that can protect all patients and staff from emergency situations. In the Napa State Hospital, this location-aware safety alert solution provides hospital police real-time visibility of staff and guests during emergencies. Every person visiting the hospital campus receives an active RFID badge. When there is an emergency, an employee can pull down on their badge, and their location is alerted to all police team and emergency personal. Their location shows on a monitor superimposed on top of the hospital floor plans and also shows security personal and staff members that are closer to the emergency situation.
Napa State Hospital is hoping that this can reduce emergency response times and let all employees be notified that there is an emergency and where they should seek shelter. Ekahau installed this RFID system in Napa State Hospital, because Napa was looking to improve safety measures for caregivers at their hospital. This RFID system is RFID-over-Wi-Fi, so it works off the hospital’s Wi-Fi network. Not withstanding past tragedies, at least RFID can help make a better future with greater awareness and safety precautions. Implementing these into schools and hospitals would allow people to breathe a sigh of relief that they can safely leave the people they love in these places.
Leave a comment below on how you think RFID can improve safety.