You have likely heard plenty of news about AI and big data in mining sites. While we are seeing this type of technology find its way into a variety of industries, AI is offering a real benefit to underground mines. In these cases, AI is being used to help manage and monitor a variety of data sets in order to make better decisions about mine operations.

One way that AI is complementing IoT systems in underground mines is by providing a higher level of accuracy when it comes to predicting faults and other issues. By analyzing large data sets, AI can not only identify potential issues quicker but can also provide a more accurate prediction of when these issues are likely to occur. This information is then used to make decisions about things like maintenance schedules and safety protocols.

Additionally, AI is helping to improve the efficiency of underground mines by optimizing the routes that equipment takes. Through sensor data gathering and monitoring equipment, it is possible to determine areas of high traffic and where congestion is likely to occur. By making changes to the routes that equipment takes, it is possible to avoid these areas and keep things running smoothly.

AI is also beneficial for predicting changes to the environment surrounding the mining site. With advanced AI modeling, it is possible to take into account a variety of factors like weather and seismic activity when making decisions about mine operations. This information can be used to make changes to the way that the mine is operated in order to improve safety and avoid detrimental effects to surrounding water tables and more.

Overall, AI is proving to be a valuable asset for underground mines. By complementing IoT systems, it is possible to make better decisions about a variety of factors that impact these operations. In doing so, we are able to improve the safety, efficiency, and overall effectiveness of these mines.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in leaky feeder amplifier and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.

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