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Smart helmet detects gas, sends text messages and self-generates SOS alerts

by Cecilia Jamasmie | February 13, 2014 | Reprinted by permission of MINING.com

The dream of any health and safety manager and probably every mine worker is about to hit the market. A Spanish company is introducing in Chile a mining helmet that incorporates advanced systems of sensors and communication tools to locate missing miners and save lives.

Smart helmet detects gas, sends text messages and self-generates SOS alerts

Image: Presistem

The piece of gear, created by Presistem, comes with—among other features—detection systems for gas, polluted atmosphere and motion. It also includes various communication systems such as warnings by vibration, LED lights, sounds, text messaging, and self-generated SOS alerts. No wonder its creator has named it “Angelhelmet.”

On top of that, it includes an interactive smart control system, which allows users and managers to constantly monitor workers’ integrity and safety.

The smart helmet is already sold in Spain and it will be introduced in Chile next month, creator Darío García told MINING.com. Although he declined commenting on the price tag, he said it would also be available this year in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Poland. He added the company is currently in talks with distributors in Australia, South Africa and Germany.

Reprinted by permission of MINING.com

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