How Wearable Technology Can Impact Mining

Safety is a primary concern for mining companies, as evidenced by the industry's use of wearables.

FREMONT, CA: While various wearable technology devices can contribute to increased safety, the primary method is to add sensors. Whether integrated into smart helmets, smart jackets, or bodysuits or simply through wearable sensors, the ability to monitor various internal and external health risks can be highly beneficial for mining companies.

The followings are some of the impacts of wearable technology on the wearable industry.

Covid-19

By combining critical contact tracing methods, symptom prediction, temperature monitoring, and patient surveillance, wearables can play a crucial role in combating Covid-19. Apart from monitoring and alerting workers to the possibility of Covid-19 exposure, wearables assist workers in adhering to social distancing norms. The primary concern when utilising technology has been privacy. Personal information, such as health records and social activities, can be accessed and potentially abused. Additionally, because wearables frequently store data in cloud-based storage systems, they are susceptible to cyberattacks.

Safety and injury prevention in the workplace

Preventing workplace injuries is a critical aspect of wearable technology. In mines, workers may face injury risks due to hazardous terrain or working near heavy machinery. Wearable technologies can monitor workers' health and well-being and provide critical support and assistance as needed.

Monitoring and inspection in real-time

Wearable technology is critical for maintaining equipment and inspecting for signs of failure to minimise downtime. Major equipment failure can cost a business millions of dollars in production downtime and repair/replacement costs. When critical issues arise, technicians require expert assistance; however, transporting experts from onshore offices to offshore mines thousands of miles away increases overall costs. Additionally, it prolongs the time needed for equipment inspection and repair.

Wearable technologies such as smart glasses and helmets help reduce the time and cost associated with equipment inspection and repair. Additionally, the field engineer can receive expert guidance in real-time via wireless connectivity, reducing the need for an expert to be on-site at all times.