Improving Safety For Miners By Providing A Wireless Real Time Locating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43OH008952-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: OH008952
Amount: $99,588.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Q-TRACK CORPORATION, 3414 Governors Drive SW, HUNTSVILLE, AL, 35805
DUNS: 121059757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-0075
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Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Mining is as dangerous as it is critical to our nation's economic well-being. The proposed research aims to significantly enhance workplace safety for miners by providing a real time wireless tracking and monitoring sys tem (TAMS). A TAMS device will be worn by each miner and will provide both the miner's location and monitor real-time exposure to environmental hazards. The resulting location data will be critical in guiding rescue efforts in case of emergency, and will a llow detained workflow analysis in a mine environment to improve the safety of operations. The resulting environmental data will provide both an instantaneous and cumulative measure of miners' exposure to environmental hazards. By fusing the two data sets, an unprecedented level of detailed information will be available on both the nature and location of environmental threats in the mine environment. The long term objective of the proposed research is a dramatic improvement in workplace safety for mi ners. The specific aim is to establish the feasibility of a wireless tracking technology suitable for use in a mine environment. The key to successful TAMS is an effective wireless tracking technology that can cope with the difficult propagation environmen t in mines. The proposed research will investigate using a breakthrough wireless tracking technology: near field electromagnetic ranging or NFER . Through a combination of theoretical analysis and real world radio measurements in an abandoned mine, the pr oposed research aims to establish the feasibility of the TAMS concept. Further, the proposed effort includes a proof-of-concept demonstration to rigorously validate a preliminary design for the system.

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