Technology

Mine Site Technologies (MST Global) has a range of products that fit within four main technology groups. From ULF to VHF and UHF, through to digital Wi-Fi based systems, MST has developed a number proprietary products to address particular requirements and to complement third party products that may be used in a system.

MST’s product suites can be used in isolation or in combination to provide a total solution to mine operators’ requirements.  Voice communications, data communications, people tracking, emergency messaging, asset tracking & management, wireless telemetry and proximity detection are all functions delivered by these systems.

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The following outlines the range of individual system components, devices and applications by product group.  Their implementation is determined by a mine’s requirements and the resulting system architecture design to optimally meet those requirements.

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ImPact Digital Technology Suite

The ImPact System deploys an underground digital network in a mining operation to enable the use of a number of IP based Ethernet and Wi-Fi  applications & devices. Key components of the network and individual devices include:

NS50 Wireless Network Switch/AP
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NS40 I.S. Wireless Network Switch/ AP for coal mine use
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PoE Wireless Access Point
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ImPact Communication Appliance – MineDash
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Vehicle Intelligence Platform (VIP)
Data logger/ Wi-Fi Bridge
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MinePhone
MP70
I.S.
VoIP Handset
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I.S. Active RFID Tags
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Composite Cable Optic Fibre/ Power Cable in one
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PED Through-the Earth Transmission System

The PED System was the first genuine through-the-earth (TTE) system deployed in mines.  Using ultra low frequency (ULF) signalling, it remains to this day the only widely deployed TTE system used in mines.  The unique transmission system ensures all parts of an underground mine are in signal coverage so that the primary use of a PED is to provide a mine-wide emergency messaging and alert system.   The technology use has also been extended into remote equipment control and remote, centralised blast initiation requirements.

Integrated Communications Cap Lamp ICCL
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AutoPED PED Vehicle Receiver
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ControlPED Remotely Operated Switching
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BlastPED ST Remote Blast Initiator for Surface Mines
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BlastPED Remote Blast Initiator for Underground Mines
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VDV Leaky Feeder Radio System

The VDV leaker Feeder radio system provides a high quality, two way voice communications to underground hard rock mines and tunnels. The leaky coax antenna allows the use of a variety of digital and analogue radios from all major radio manufacturers, such as Tait, Motorola, iCom, Kenwood and others.

VDV Headend Base Station
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Splitter/ Branch Unit
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Leaky Feeder Coaxial Cable
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Termination Loads
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Pilot Tone Generators
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Radio Communications

MST provides a range of solutions for voice and data communications to surface mining, remote operations and pipeline construction projects. The technologies depend on the applications, ranging from radio systems through to wireless mesh, private LTE networks, and microwave and satellite links.

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Proximity Detection Systems

MST’s Proximity Detection Systems provide an additional level of control in managing the collision risks around people-vehicle and vehicle-vehicle interactions in mines, ports and construction sites.

Proximity System Controller
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Prox System Personal Tag
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Prox LF Field Generator
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Vehicle Driver User Screen
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Wireless Mesh Telemetry - Wireless Sensor Network

MST Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) provides a wireless mesh extension to our core ImPact Network to provide a easily deployable, highly reliable data link to remote sensors and transducers.  A common application is to stream data from Geotechnical monitoring sensors back to the mine’s network without the need for any data or power cabling.

Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU)
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Wireless Repeater Node (WRN)
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ICA Server Appliance
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