This use-case-based guideline aims to help mines build the business value proposition and the appropriate design and implementation plans for location tracking. It also provides an overview of current solutions and the opportunities they offer. 

Location tracking has many applications in mining and there are many location tracking solutions that are highly effective in other environments and industries. For example, location tracking is often a requirement for use cases such as short interval control, ventilation on demand, and haulage planning. However, many of these solutions’ present challenges in underground environments due to difficulty achieving the required precision and accuracy (e.g., due to the lack of GPS in underground environments, difficulty using LTE tracking). 

Overall, this guideline aims to: 

  • Provide a framework for users to select the right type of tracking solution for different use cases 
  • Provide the key considerations for the potential user who is looking to deploy a tracking system in a mine 
  • Help mines decide how to go about a tracking project and make informed choices before investing 
  • Provide clarity to address key challenges 
  • Promote digitalization in underground mining 

This project is led by the Underground Mining Working Group 


This guideline is currently in content generation and the current content needs further review and input from diverse stakeholders, particularly mining companies. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact us here and we’ll be in touch with more details.