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Application of radio-frequency identification systems to collision avoidance in metal/nonmetal mines

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2 Author(s)
Ruff, T. ; Nat. Inst. for Occupational Safety & Health, Spokane, WA, USA ; Hession-Kunz, D.

Collisions between haulage equipment and pedestrian workers or other vehicles claim an average of five lives each year in surface and underground metal/nonmetal mining operations. Many more workers are severely injured, Although technologies exist that could prevent these collisions, (radar, closed-circuit TV, and backup alarms), they do have limitations and are not being used widely. New developments in radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems show promise for reducing the number of collisions. This paper, originally presented in 1998, describes tests conducted on off-the-shelf RFID systems and the subsequent development of a custom RFID system that could be used for both surface and underground mining equipment

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 1 )