Ampcontrol will exhibit its new IEC Ex ia Group 1 Intrinsically Safe Ethernet Switch and Protocol Converter that has been developed as part of the CSIRO NEXSYS on Stand 916 during AIMEX 2007 – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, to be held September 4-7 at Sydney Olympic Park.
The system uses a fully managed, Ethernet-based communications protocol over multi- or single-mode fibre optic cables, along with a protocol-insensitive Serial-to-Ethernet (UDP & TCP/IP) Protocol Converter.
This facilitates the integration of a number of existing and future Ethernet-enabled devices such as VoIP phones, Web cameras, PDAs, fixed and wireless sensors.
These products will allow improved communication levels and personnel tracking in underground coal mines and improved data communication transfer and dissemination.
This will ultimately lead to increased levels of efficiency and safety with the possible benefit of lowered infrastructure costs.