• Derek McEwenWhy urban projects are turning to mining tools

    When you hear the term “connected worker”, you probably think of mining. But, what if I told you that projects in your very city could be using these technologies too? In fact, you’ve probably walked by (or above!) a site that’s monitoring its workers.NLT N-Connex

    Connected worker solutions have moved from the cap lamp level to full-blown operation centers. While the technology was originally intended for mining, the same tools are used for tunneling projects used in urban settings. Now, industries across the globe are depending on these connectivity tools to ensure the safety of their workers.

    Together with Northern Light Technologies, we’re pleased to present a case study that explains the challenges that a major Canadian city rail construction project experienced and how the N-Connex solution was able to help. Keep reading to find out why the rugged features created for harsh environments are making their way into the safety programs of non-mining projects.

    Why Connecting Workers is Important

    Personnel tracking allows a project’s management to ensure safety by knowing their workers’ whereabouts should an accident occur. Connected worker solutions are composed of a tracking beacon that passes information over a network to log the position of workers. By using personnel tracking, you can ensure that no one is in hazardous areas without being monitored.

    Why NLT Technology makes it Easy to Connect Workers

    NLT increases the safety, security and productivity of any worksite by keeping workers connected at all times. Their N-Connex system provides the following features:

    • Tracks vehicles’ whereabouts to ensure that they are being used efficiently.
    • Data can be broadcasted off of vehicle monitoring solutions through a network to provide the surface with information on the vehicles’ key performance indicators.
    • Looks at cycle times of equipment to determine where bottleneck/pain-points are in the worksite. From these stats, management can create value by finding ways to improve the less-productive areas.
    • Teleoperation of vehicles allows for vehicles to be remotely controlled from the surface. The driver interacts with the vehicle through video data passed over the network and can pass commands to the vehicle remotely.
    • N-Connex uses several sensors to monitor the environmental conditions so that workers above and underground can be alerted of out of bounds sensor readings.
    • IP (internet protocol) security cameras can be connected to the network so that they can be placed at the portals (opening at the surface) to ensure that no one accidentally accesses the restricted areas. These cameras can also be placed in high-traffic areas for better situational monitoring.

    As N-Connex’s real-time connectivity and remote monitoring of work areas becomes a staple in safety programs in mines across the globe, it’s no surprise that industries outside of mining are adopting the technology.

    To learn more about how this product has been put to work in the city rail line, be sure to download the case study. If you have questions, please reach out to me directly at derek.mcewen@levitt-safety.com. I’m happy to help you assess how N-Connex can help your projects.




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    Derek McEwen | Market Segment Manager – Fire Systems and Mining Technology