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OCT 2018

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NORDIC TECHNOLOGY 2018 38 E&MJ • OCTOBER 2018 ing miners through various training pro- gram at Euro Mine Expo. "We are helping the mines develop custom safety education programs using XR, not just VR, but also AR and MR — all kinds of different Rs," Karlsson said. In a 2-m x 3-m space on the show floor, he was able to walk peo- ple through three different demos, which included an exercise to extinguish an elec- trical fire, turning on the oxygen in a rescue chamber and a workshop for identifying fire risk hazards and evacuation procedures. In addition to the education tools, Innan also develops risk awareness systems to measure, evaluate and validate personnel knowledge in real time. "No matter what training option is selected, XR, eLearning, etc., it's important to determine retention rates," Karlsson said. "When mixing educa- tion programs, bad base-knowledge inputs affect results, so control questions are use- ful for informing management as to wheth- er their people know their stuff or not." These portable systems are made pos- sible with VR lighting and two receivers. Innan wants to sell mines the software. The mine would buy these units and con- duct their own training at their location at their convenience. Normet, Oulu University Sign Partnership Agreement Normet Corp. and Oulu University signed a partnership agreement to develop their co-operation. They will now initi- ate research and training co-operation to strengthen the development and testing conditions of vehicle technology. "The ongoing transition in vehicle technology sets new challenges with the tightening of environmental legis- lation and changing needs of miners," said Heikki Ojala, vice president, Global R&D for Normet. "At the same time, our personnel's expertise is subject to new demands that we can answer with this partnership agreement signed with Oulu University of Applied Sciences." Normet is one of the Northern Finland's leading mining suppliers whose success ra- diates to a wide range of companies in sup- ply chains throughout northern Finland. Drones Developed for Underground Application The Tilt Ranger, the first drone truly de- signed for underground operations, ac- cording to Inkonova, can help miners avoid delays and planning errors. It can also ac- cess and scan no-go areas in the mine. A company that originally developed its tilt-rotors drones for racing began to equip the units with collision avoidance systems for underground applications in 2017. To do this, Inkonova developed an autonomous navigation system to guide the drones in unknown zones — those with no infrastructure, GPS or light. They are calling the solution Batonomous and a beta version has been commercially available since the start of 2018. An Inkonova developer holds a drone developed for underground applications.

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