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Becker Mining South Africa's proximity detection systems for enhanced safety on the mines Becker Mining South Africa – a key supplier of

proximity, enhancing safety in arduous

off or the battery has been isolated. Control tags

safety and communications technologies to the


transmit speci c commands to PDS controllers

mining sector – provides turnkey proximity

Becker's latest PDS controller, which is the

and miner tags, also providing alerts when

interface between the vehicle operator and

entering a restricted or hazardous area.

detection systems (PDS), tagging and tracking and related communication systems, which

multiple detection sensors mounted around the

Advanced self-diagnostic functionality

comply with stringent mining health and safety

vehicle, provides various alert mechanisms for

provides continuous monitoring of all


operators. ese include cabin lighting and

peripherals connected to the system, to ensure

e company has developed advanced

alert tones which are selected to suit exact

equipment is functioning correctly. e

proximity detection systems for nearly 20 years,


operator is immediately warned if a device stops

is system consists of a customisable caution

responding to the PDS controller.

which have signi cantly improved safety on the mines. Becker's modular PDS solutions are

zone, warning zone and critical zone. Detection

Becker Mining's high performance,

designed to prevent potential collisions during

zone threshold distances are set according to

purpose solutions for underground and surface

the operation of vehicles in the proximity of

speci c requirements, covering small and large

mining installations, include Leaky Feeder, Wi-

personnel on the surface, or underground.


Fi, tagging and tracking, as well as

“e company's latest patented tri-technology

B e c k e r ' s a d v a n c e d s o lut i on s pre v e nt

environmental monitoring PDS solutions.

PDS solutions – which range from a simple,

electromagnetic interference, by transmitting

In addition to communications solutions,

t for

low-cost single technolog y system, to

data packets across the generated H eld. Data

B e c ke r a l s o offe r s I S an d

integrated multi-technological solutions –

received is recognised as a system tag and not an

underground electrical reticulation products,

encompass all aspects of the most advanced

environmentally generated signal that could

as well as

mining communications and technology,”

cause unnecessary warnings.

attachment systems. An important feature of

states Andrew Trentelman, senior general manager: Electronics, Becker Mining South Africa. “Becker's patented tri-technology point of detection system is the only system available globally that combines three technologies – UHF, Radar and Electromagnetic – into one scalable system.”

messaging alerts vehicle operators and personnel to the presence of each other and to stationar y or moving vehicles in close



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uid transfer, rigging and rope

e tri-technology tag, which supports

these systems is they are designed to facilitate

accident investigation and multi mode

future upgrades.

operation, is compatible with Becker's tagging systems and communications networks. is tri-axis electromagnetic receiver ensures reliable detection by the system, regardless of the tag or miners' position.

Bi-directional noti cation and early warning

am e pro of

Vehicle tags are self-powered RF devices that

Further information Andrew Trentelman, Senior General Manager:Electronics, Becker Mining South Africa Telephone: (011) 617 6300

ensure the presence of a vehicle continues to be


broadcast, even if the ignition has been turned