Tunnels are a vital piece of infrastructure in many urban areas. They are vital for mass transit and waste transportation. These tunnels are extremely useful and require a lot of work to construct and operate. Industrial networking devices and systems are essential in overcoming these obstacles. This comprehensive guide will help you understand why underground tunnels require an industrial network.
Implementing Underground Lighting
Industrial networking is essential to the operation of underground tunnels. This is because it helps provide sufficient lighting. Lighting is essential in dark underground tunnels to allow people and vehicles to safely enter, exit, and pass through the system.
Industrial networking equipment, such as cabinets, can be used to facilitate lighting. These cabinets can be used to control all external devices within the tunnel.
Installing Essential Surveillance Systems
Surveillance is another important aspect of underground tunnels. Continuous monitoring of traffic density or delays is essential in order to prevent accidents, congestion or delays. To accomplish this task, CCTV cameras should be installed at the entrances, interiors, and exits to underground tunnels. All systems should be monitored continuously once they are installed. This will ensure that passengers and staff are alerted immediately to potential safety hazards or issues.
Reliable industrial networking equipment, such as Ethernet switches and Ethernet fiber media converters is essential for remote monitoring and management of underground security cameras. These devices will give the CCTV cameras the connectivity and power they require to function in harsh environments. They also transport all information back to the remote command center.
Real-Time Air Monitoring
When operating underground tunnels, one of the most difficult tasks is to ensure that there is enough fresh air. Underground environments can be dangerous because of the accumulation of harmful airborne elements such as dust, vapors and gases. It is important to monitor the quality of the tunnel’s air in order to reduce the dangers for those who travel underground. You can quickly identify unhealthy levels of air toxicants and take steps to reduce them, or warn people if they occur.
A redundant ring network infrastructure is highly recommended to ensure that vital information about air quality is transmitted back to control centres in real-time. This structure eliminates the possibility of a single failure and provides optimal reliability.
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 radio communication in tunnels 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.