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Khiagda Began Smart Helmets System Operation
The project is an element of the unified digital strategy of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation and is included in the ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. digital project package. «We are creating a unified digital platform for the life cycle of exploration and mining of solid minerals. We are currently at the first stage: an innovative intellectual technology has been introduced at the Istochny deposit, developed by Khiagda, JSC, to control the development of uranium deposits using the method of in-situ leaching. The software complexes help the enterprise to reliably assess the mining and geological situation on the developed sites of deposits, simulate development options, conduct accurate analysis of performed work, and promptly make decisions in the analysis and forecast of deposit development, geological modeling and planning. The introduction of Smart Helmets is a small, but very important stage in the creation of a digital platform, which should be implemented at the very beginning,» said Vyacheslav Galaktionov, IT Director, ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Smart Helmets is a staff positioning system that allows remotely controlling observance of safety instructions at work and monitoring the movement and condition of employees during work. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. is implementing a project together with Rostelecom, PJSC and Softline.
Smart Helmets with positioning module based on GPS trackers increase the level of physical safety of employees at production site. They are capable of transmitting a signal to the dispatcher in the event of an employee falling or receiving a blow, warning of dangerous «red zones», and also allow monitoring the location of people indoors and outdoors.
In order to maintain communication with smart helmets at remote deposits, three LoraWan base stations will be installed. The possibility of using this equipment in the future to organize two-way communication with employees is being considered.
The system implementation agreement was signed by Andrey Gladyshev, Director General, Khiagda, JSC, and Andrey Zdarov, Director, Buryat Branch of Rostelecom, PJSC.
«The first 150 helmets will be used by our company personnel working at hazardous production facilities. Until the end of the year, each employee will have a personal helmet. The introduction of Smart Helmets is an important step towards ensuring „zero injuries“ in accordance with the ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation key priority: safety. We expect that this development will allow us to minimize the facts of labor discipline violation and increase the efficiency of employees,» said Andrey Gladyshev.
«The Smart Helmet development began from scratch: at the beginning we had a normal helmet and safety needs. Rostelecom, as the main provider of communication services for Khiagda, JSC, developed a solution that allowed monitoring the location of the personnel involved in the working process, both indoors and outdoors. The result was a „smart“ solution,» said Andrey Zdarov.
Currently, Khiagda, JSC develops the Khiagda and Istochny deposits of Khiagda ore field, completes construction and mine preparation work at Vershinny deposit. The beginning of mining and preparatory work at Kolichikan deposit is planned for 2020, at Dybryn — for 2022. Then, the progressive development of Namaru and Koretkonda deposits will begin.