Refuge Chamber Monitoring - GuardIAN

Refuge Chamber Monitoring with GuardIAN is an exciting new development in refuge chamber technology.

GuardIAN Refuge Chamber Monitoring enables real-time monitoring; providing confidence that an operation’s fleet of refuge chambers are emergency ready at all times.

It is an independent system that continuously monitors all vital refuge operating systems. During standby mode, GuardIAN Chamber Monitoring checks for component faults and monitors refuge chamber usage or entry to the chamber.

GuardIAN is available as an option on any new MineARC Refuge Chamber or Safe Haven, and also to retrofit to existing chambers during an upgrade or refurbishment.

GuardIAN Refuge Chamber Monitoring

With simple “plug and play” installation, set up and connectivity of GuardIAN Refuge Chamber Monitoring is fast and easy. All diagnostics and real-time monitoring are easily accessible through a secure, locally hosted webpage; compatible with any computer, tablet or smart phone. The GuardIAN online interface home page features a summary of your entire refuge chamber fleet and overall operational status, with the ability to drill down to a detailed report of each chamber.

When utilised as part of the full GuardIAN Intelligence Network, Chamber Monitoring can provide a range of additional diagnostic features. For Refuge Chambers with a MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS), the GuardIAN dashboard will provide vital information relating to the integrity of the internal refuge chamber atmosphere. An increase in CAMS activity would indicate a breach of the refuge chamber seal, thus sending an alert to designated personnel that there is a problem.

When utililsed in conjunction with MineARC’s Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System, GuardIAN will also provide real-time gas monitoring data and analysis.

  • Internal streaming video monitoring (external optional)
  • Emergency, remote monitoring of occupant well-being
  • Standby mode monitoring & notifications
  • VOIP video phone connectivity between the chamber & surface
  • CAMS chamber integrity diagnostics (when used in conjunction with CAMS as part of the System Intelligence package)
  • Aura-FX gas monitoring diagnostics (when used in conjunction with Aura-FX as part of the System Intelligence package)
  • Automated system event logging & notification
  • Fault logging & system diagnostics
  • Internal & external environmental testing
  • Responsive multi-device interface
  • Quick view dashboard
  • Event notification to designated personnel via email
  • Smartphone and tablet connectivity
  • Plug & play installation

MineARC's Series IV Digital Controller links directly to the GuardIAN Network, streaming real-time system data, including automated system checks, fault logging (battery, scrubber, temperature and inverter), system diagnostics, internal and external temperature measurements, and system actions such as scrubber activation.

MineARC's Aura-FX also provides real-time gas monitoring data and analysis via the GuardIAN Network dashboard.

System faults, events and scheduled service notifications can be sent to designated personnel as email alerts; notifying them of upcoming service requirements, potential emergencies or system errors as they occur.

The Compressed AIr Management System (CAMS) communicates vital information relating to the integrity of the internal refuge chamber via the GuardIAN Network.

An increase in CAMS activity would indicate a breach of the refuge chamber seal, thus sending an alert to designated personnel that the chamber is compromised.

When used in conjunction with GuardIAN, the MineARC Satellite UPS System allows for real-time, remote monitoring of each individual battery.

Battery faults can be identified immediately via the GuardIAN Dashboard and Alert Feed, with auto-generated event notifications sent directly to any personal device.

Voltage and temperature diagnostics for each individual battery within a string can also be viewed via a graph, highlighting any fluctuations over the past 24 hours.

Live video streaming can greatly assist in evacuation planning during an emergency; providing the capability to determine the capacity of the refuge chamber and monitor the well-being of occupants. It is also useful in monitoring unauthorised usage of the refuge chamber, or on sites where theft is an issue.

Internal video monitoring is provided by a remote controlled, motion activated GuardIAN IP camera. External video monitoring is also available as an optional upgrade to the GuardIAN System.

Motion detectors on the IP cameras will notify GuardIAN to send out an email notice to designated staff with a still image alerting them to chamber usage. When activated, the cameras will send out a live, recorded stream of both the interior and exterior of the refuge chamber.

To assist occupants during an emergency or safety drill, GuardIAN also equips your refuge chamber with a VOIP video phone. This facilitates face-to-face communication between the refuge chamber and the surface; improving the psychological well-being of chamber occupants during an emergency and providing assistance to perform any difficult or technical procedures.

An added benefit of VOIP video phone access is that underground service and maintenance staff can make contact with technicians on the surface or even to be connected through to the MineARC Service Team for trouble shooting assistance.

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