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<p>Sensors installed on equipment and worn by personnel will increase safety in underground mines.</p>
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Sensors installed on equipment and worn by personnel will increase safety in underground mines.

Sensors save lives

New regulations in South Africa mean that equipment in underground mines need to be fitted with proximity sensors, increasing safety for employees.

In South Africa, equipment operating in underground mines is required to be fitted with an active proximity detection system. This led Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology to design its own Third Party Proximity Detection Interface, allowing customers to install a proximity detection system for loading and hauling equipment.

The system lets equipment operators know when other personnel are in close proximity to the equipment, so it has a positive impact on the safety of the employees in the mines. All they need to do is wear the electronic tags that communicate with the sensors on the equipment.