Becker Mining Systems is a leading global supplier of unique solutions for the mining industry. Our solutions, which include energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation, and roof support, have evolved from our clients’ needs and years of international experience. At Becker Varis, a part of the Becker Mining Systems group of companies, we specialize in the communications sector and hold to the high performance, quality and safety standards of Becker Mining Systems.
Stopes, drifts, shafts; smartcom® can establish communication wherever customers require it. Since 1996, Becker Varis has been a leader in the mining communications sector with the smartcom Leaky Feeder System, a system which gained Becker Varis’ international reputation. The company continues to be at the forefront of mining communication technology with smartcom® ethernet, smartblast® blasting over leaky feeder, smartsense® gas monitoring and Becker Tagging and Tracking.
Smartcom ethernet has continued to complement the smartcom system as all leaky feeder systems can be converted to smartcom ethernet. Like household cable Internet, smartcom ethernet utilizes industry-standard cable modem technology to provide wired and wireless ethernet applications throughout the mine. Operational efficiencies are improved greatly as the simple and robust infrastructure of the cable modems allow for easy maintenance, and expansions can be handled in-house. Existing smartcom installations can implement ethernet and can continue to benefit from smartcom’s diagnostics and 500-metre amplifier spacing.
The numerous applications of the smartcom ethernet include computer networking, wired and wireless intranet/Internet, IP cameras, traffic control, wireless data capture for inventory applications, teleoperation, and VoIP in underground hotspots. Smartsense® environmental gas monitoring and Becker Tagging and Tracking are two specialized systems that work in conjunction with smartcom ethernet to increase safety and productivity in the mine.
The Becker Tagging & Tracking System enables tracking of all personnel vehicles and assets throughout the mine. Active tags transmit their unique codes to tag readers, which in turn updates a centralized database. The data can then be used for a myriad of solutions, including location tracking, decline traffic information, fuel management, etc. The system distinguishes between various tags, such as vehicles, personnel, assets, or control tags. The Becker Tag supports a variety of display options from the hardened underground LCD display and light module to large-screen electronic tag boards.
The smartsense fixed monitor SSFM-100 is an all-in-one gas monitoring station allowing up to four integrated gas sensors into a compact package, with true flexibility and reliability for environmental monitoring. Its unique 360° Alarm® function is capable of monitoring any combination of gases, and the wide range of external inputs allow for customer expansion.
Becker Varis is continuously improving their products to make sure that they offer the highest quality systems on the market. Upgrade paths are always available and backwards compatibility is crucial in all designs. The new Becker smartcom Leaky Feeder system is no exception. The new BSC-AMP line amplifier has been designed to be flexible. When the needs of customers change, the unit can be upgraded to include onboard analogue and digital telemetry or built-in tag readers, which is achieved by purchasing and installing an upgrade kit. The installation can be completed on site and does not require the unit to be returned. The upgrade kit allows for continued fast and reliable system expansion when the need arises. The data is represented on the Remote Diagnostics Server User Interface installed on the surface or through Becker Varis’ custom SCADA package.
Becker Varis has earned an international reputation due to their dedication to quality and the success of the design and performance of their products. The successful smartcom leaky feeder system, in combination with smartcom ethernet, offers a wide variety of applications and uses. With one system, Becker Varis can provide an entire mine communication system solution for its customers. To this day, they continue to excel at exceeding customer requirements while dominating the industry in capacity, maintainability, and overall quality.
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