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This conference paper was originally published as Marlborough, L, Barrow, S and Kent, D, Application of Tagging Systems for Personnel and Vehicle Access Control, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 2005: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2005, 107-112.


Controlling the access of equipment, and people, has become more critical

over the last few years for improving productivity and to meet safety

responsibilities imposed by legislated obligations to have safety

management systems. Hence Mine Site Technologies (MST) has spent the

last three years completing the development of the tagging system to meet

the mining industry’s requirements, particularly streamlining access

control. The basic tagging system tracks active Tags carried by personnel,

or attached to vehicles and equipment, within underground zones.

These Tags are detected (read) by Beacons placed strategically

throughout the mine. As a Tag, or Tags, go past a Beacon they are read

and the information transmitted back to the main database PC. This

allows the current whereabouts of personnel and equipment to be known,

as well as the history of their movements.

The objectives of implementing the TRACKER Tagging System at

Oaky No 1 Coal Mine were to:

• maintain a count of personnel inbye a particular point, and can

alarm when a pre-set number is reached (eg the limit imposed by

availability of SCSR’s, etc);

• maintain a count of vehicles (and vehicle type) inbye a point, and can

alarm if when a pre-set number is reached (eg when rated diesel units

exceeds the limit for the ventilation present in that zone);

• manage the vehicle fleet, by keeping track of various vehicles

underground better control and dispatch management of the

equipment is achieved;

• keep track of equipment, knowing the location of equipment (such as

forks, baskets, pumps, fans, etc) where last used or stored will

minimise the risk of losing gear and assist in keeping inventory to a

minimum; and

• locate personnel in emergency situations, by placing read Beacons

throughout the mine the location of all personnel can be known in

real time so that in the event of an emergency, their withdrawal can

be monitored.