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Finnish Mine Uses RFID Tech to Track Workers, Trucks, Detonators

For the past five years, the Pyhäsalmi mine in central Finland has been using passive high-frequency RFID tags to record when workers enter or leave a mine shaft. Since that time, says Kimmo Luukkonen, the mine's managing director, the technology has improved management's visibility into who is underground and when, and hence has increased its safety program's efficiency and accuracy. The company plans to expand that RFID solution to monitor who carries explosive detonators into the mine.

One of Europe's deepest and oldest underground mines, Pyhäsalmi is owned by a Canadian corporation called First Quantum Minerals, and extracts underground copper and zinc 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the surface. The mine has two shafts: one for the elevator that transports miners down and brings ore up, the other extending down to that level via an approximately eight-mile-long spiral that vehicles can drive down and up.

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One of Europe's deepest and oldest underground mines, Pyhäsalmi is owned by a Canadian corporation called First Quantum Minerals, and extracts underground copper and zinc 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the surface. The mine has two shafts: one for the elevator that transports miners down and brings ore up, the other extending down to that level via an approximately eight-mile-long spiral that vehicles can drive down and up.

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