DAMM provides secure TETRA communications for Turkish gold mine

TetraFlex solution deployed at open pit Çöpler Gold Mine including base stations, terminals, dispatcher application and network management system

DAMM provides secure TETRA communications for Turkish gold mine

DAMM’s TetraFlex solution has been provided by ATEL Telekomünikasyon to Çöpler Gold Mine in Turkey, which is owned by the Canadian/Australian Alacer Gold Corporation.

Çöpler Gold Mine is an open pit mine located 120km southwest of Erzincan in Turkey. It has 4,4 million ounces of current proven and probable reserves. The processing flow consists of crushing, pressure oxidation, leaching and refining, thus representing a very tough working environment. 

Consequently, Çöpler Gold Mine applies several overall safety objectives: respecting legal requirements and international standards; creating and maintaining a safe, healthy and positive working environment; educating, and training, employees in HSE best practice and procedures to develop the safety culture.

In order to respect the above guidelines, the mine owners wanted efficient and reliable communication. DAMM’s TetraFlex system was selected to provide a rapid and professional radio communication system aiming at ensuring a safe working environment.  

Çöpler Gold Mine set a number of key feature requirements for the TETRA system:

Private and secure voice and data access through all mining fields and operation

Workers safety; man down, emergency call features

SCADA and telemetering applications

Data and security alarms

Blast Alarm with audible and text notifications

Operation of base stations in harsh environmental conditions with temperatures ranging from -40 to +60°C.

The complete system was provided by ATEL Telekomünikasyon with DAMM supplying the TETRA radio communication infrastructure, including dispatcher applications. 

Infrastructure provided by DAMM 

The TetraFlex solution includes supply of the compact and low weight TetraFlex outdoor base stations allowing installations direct in the antenna mast to provide coverage access all mining field operations.

The outputs of the existing analogue gas sensors (6 units) in the mining field provides data via the TETRA network to the SCADA system and respective monitors placed in the centralized command and control centre. The system is also designed for group and private calls, DMO and TMO calls and emergency calls. 

The TetraFlex Dispatcher application is in operation where the operational staff monitor and dispatch the terminals via the GPS positioning feature. They dispatch personnel and can easily track and optimize the movements of the mobile equipment within the mining area in real time. 

The TetraFlex Network Management System provides easy access to configuration and surveillance of the entire network and all the subscribers (modems and terminals).

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