System architecture to bring smart personal protective equipment wearables and sensors to transform safety at work in the underground mining industry

Adjiski, Vancho and Despodov, Zoran and Mirakovski, Dejan and Serafimovski, Dalibor (2019) System architecture to bring smart personal protective equipment wearables and sensors to transform safety at work in the underground mining industry. The Mining-Geology-Petroleum Engineering Bulletin, 34 (1). pp. 37-44. ISSN 0353-4529

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Abstract

As safety at work has become a number one priority in every industry, it is no wonder that new technology and ideas are being tested to improve safety in a variety of workplaces, including, surface and underground mining, construction sites, power plants, factories, etc. Sensor technologies embedded in personal protective equipment (PPE), can be employed to monitor workers’ health, exposure to harmful elements, their proximity to danger zones, etc. This technology connected to smartphones and smartwatches can also heighten workers’ awareness by collecting data on the workplace itself, detecting environmental and health hazards. In this paper, we will present a prototype system that can be employed in underground mining which uses sensors attached to regular PPE clothing, including hard hats and safety glasses which are connected to smartphones and smartwatches via energy-efficient Bluetooth sensors, to provide real-time safety situation awareness and predict health and safety incidents before they occur.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: underground mining, PPE, IoT, sensors, safety at work.
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Other engineering and technologies
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Vanco Adziski
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 10:12
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 10:12
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/21187

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