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The regulation is intended to provide a safety measure for mining personnel in the event of an emergency. The penalty for noncompliance is $25,000 for the first offense, and a one-month cessation of mining operations for the second.
Tagvance is offering the Bluetooth Low Energy beacon-based system for lead and zinc mines in Turkey to help mining operations comply with the regulation. The system includes Leantegra's BLE WiBeat beacons worn by miners, as well as WiRange receivers that act at gateways to receive transmission data and forward it to a server. A lead and zinc mine owned by Dedeman Mining is the first to deploy the technology at its site in the Taurus mountains of Southern Turkey.
The mine in which the system is deployed consists of an underground tunnel split into multiple zones. The company needed the technology to identify each miner and pinpoint the specific zone into which he or she had gone. In that way, the firm would have real-time location data for emergencies, as well as for its own analytics.
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