When busy mine operations intersect the local community
Since commencing operations in 2018 this central Queensland coal mine has been gearing up production and mining operations, now moving coal 24 hours a day with as many as three trucks per hour doing a round trip between the mine and the train loadout facility.
Impact of mine traffic on the township
The 75km round trip involves the haul trucks collecting coal at the mine site, travelling along the dirt access road, joining the main highway, passing through the local township, driving on to the rail loading facility then returning empty via the same route to the mine for the next load.
During peak times heavy-duty trucks leave and enter the public highway as often as every 15-20 minutes making the management of site access a high safety and security priority.
Secure Coast Solutions customised access control system has it covered
Secure Coast Solutions designed an access control system with two key objectives in mind:
- to maximise the safety of the general public, and
- to maintain the efficiency of mining operations.
Considerations for protecting the public
- The bi-directional dirt road that enters the mine site is restricted for use by haul trucks and mine employees. Preventing unauthorised people driving down the mine access road is a priority.
- The mine operators had obtained special permits allowing passage via the highway and through school zones. As the trucks run 24 hours a day, to minimise the impact on the local community, restrictions on the frequency of operations are in place depending on the time of day.
Considerations for maximising haul road traffic efficiency
- If the trucks had to stop each time they enter and exit the mine sites this would have a significant impact on haulage efficiency – increasing travel time, fuel usage as well as wear and tear on the vehicles.
- For the haul trucks to be able to access mine areas without stopping they had to be able to open the boom gates automatically before approaching the control point and automatically close behind them.
- Being dirt roads meant safety loop detectors weren’t suitable and if the road became muddy in the rain PE beams couldn’t be used either.
- In addition to the haul trucks, access was required for maintenance and other mine personnel.
- The location of the boom gates at the entrance to the loadout facility meant power was unavailable.
- For safety and vehicle management mine operators wanted to be able to monitor the location of all trucks along the haulage route.
Efficient Practical Solution in Action
- Boom Gates were installed to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering mine access roads.
- To allow the haul trucks to pass unhindered through the boom gates they were fitted with long-range RFID tags. When a truck is within 10-15 meters of the boom gate, long-range readers mounted on card reader stands, detect the tags on the bull bar of the haul truck and opens the boom gate.
- Radar safety devices hold the boom gate open as the trucks pass when the radar is clear the boom gate automatically lowers a few seconds later.
- Rotech’s dual height card reader stands allow entry and exit for light and large vehicles not fitted with tags.
- If a truck doesn’t reach its destination within an hour after leaving the mine site the boom gate control system sends an alarm to the control centre. The mine control centre monitors the location of each truck and other traffic. Communications are achieved using 4G routers providing internet access over the mobile phone network.
- Accommodating for varying traffic flows depending on the time of day and for weekends, the Bionik AG automatic boom gate’s multi-function digital controller made set up and programming of the access control system easy.
- Six 120W solar panels were installed to provide power for the entire system. Adding 720amp/hours of battery storage means the solar panels can provide enough power for 4-5 days allowing for overcast weather.
- LED strip lighting on the boom gate arms and illuminated card reader posts provide increased visibility and safety during night works.
Why the Bionik AG Boom Gate was the best choice for the job
“This is a busy, intensive use situation requiring high levels of safety and reliable operation. The Bionik AG boom gates are low in maintenance, fast to activate and are robust and reliable.
LED lights illuminate the boom arms and the electronics are inside a well sealed enclosure protecting the components from coal dust.
All equipment chosen is 100% duty cycle and high temperature rated so it can be used as often as needed. The Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gate featured everything needed to do the job.”
Stuart Bryant – Secure Coast Solutions
For more information about this or other safety and security combinations for your site call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email email@example.com
Mansfield State High School – Not Your Average Construction Site
With 2800 students currently enrolled and expectations for this to soar to 3,000 in 2020, Mansfield State High School has embarked on a significant expansion of its facilities to accommodate current and anticipated future growth.
Student safety during construction
Health & Safety is always a top priority during any construction project but never is this more important than during a build in an active school environment.
The new multipurpose hall being built on the school grounds presented a significant safety challenge for the developers:
- 2,800 students needing access to the sports field
- many loads of materials and heavy machinery requiring access around the edge of the sports field to get to the construction site.
As a new build, the groundwork was a key aspect of the project and requires a lot of heavy machinery. Additionally, construction deliveries, are a frequent and unavoidable part of any construction project. Eliminating risk isn’t easy.
Rotech was tasked by specialist access control company Que Access to provide a temporary safe crossing for students and teachers while facilitating Contractor access/exit requirements from the street to the construction site.
Boom gates pair up to manage traffic flow
An intelligent automatic boom gate system was installed by Que Access to manage vehicle and pedestrian access where they intersect.
Pedestrian access was controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates fitted with a fence on each pole to prevent students from ducking underneath. Under normal circumstances, the pedestrian access boom poles remain open allowing students/teachers to move freely in and out of the sports field.
Vehicle access is also controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates which remain in the closed position until activation. Construction traffic travels along a temporary fenced roadway, on reaching the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button to gain entry through the intersection.
Automated Access Procedure
When construction vehicles reach the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button which initiates the following automated procedure:
- Red LED lights flash on the pedestrian boom pole and a siren sounds a warning to pedestrians that the gates are about to close
- 15 seconds later, if all students/teachers have cleared the intersection, the pedestrian access boom gates close
- Safety PE beams prevent the vehicle access gates from opening and closing if there is any obstruction such as a person in the intersection.
- Once pedestrian gates are fully closed the vehicle access boom gates automatically open allowing traffic to move through the intersection.
- When pedestrians are clear of the pathway an electrical interlock sends a signal to the controller to close the vehicle access gate.
- Once the intersection is empty and the vehicle access gate is fully closed the pedestrian access gate re-opens.
- The LED lights turn green indicating the intersection is safe for students/teachers to pass through.
The automatic boom gates were mounted on 20 mm thick steel base to keep them stable while allowing for relocation when required.
If you have a difficult access control situation where safety is a priority, we have the products and expertise to develop tailored solution, whether permanent or temporary. Call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing Turnstiles and Flap Barriers
Thinking about installing turnstiles or flap barriers in your building? If you are, good on you as you’re taking the first step to creating more secure premises. Turnstiles and flap barriers do much more than just act as your building’s gateway or door. They provide several benefits that make them very valuable and worthwhile additions to any venue.
What Are Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
Turnstiles and flap barriers are automated systems made up of sensors, barriers and access control systems that allow or prohibit entry or exit. They come in a number of different materials. designs and sizes to suit different needs, venues and applications.
Flap barriers have two flaps on either side that serve as physical barriers, limiting pedestrian access into a venue.
Turnstiles can be optical, which use infrared sensors to detect approaching people, and can operate with or without barriers. They can also be full height or waist high. Full height turnstiles have durable rotating barriers that extend from the ceiling to the floor much like revolving doors and provide enhanced security. Waist high turnstiles, on the other hand, have a tripod barrier arm that rotates at waist level.
Why Install Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
You might think that having automated doors with access controls on your premises is a good enough security measure, but turnstiles and flap barriers turn this up a notch and offer so much more:
1. Increased Security and Control
While automatic doors with access controls offer some security, they’re often prone to ‘tailgating’, wherein intruders or unauthorised persons follow immediately after those with authorised access when they enter or exit premises. This compromises the area’s security, and also makes it difficult to track the exact number and identities of those coming in and out of a supposedly secure area.
With turnstiles or flap barriers, such instances can be eliminated. They allow for only one person to pass at a time, with the necessary valid credentials. After letting an authorised person pass, barriers close immediately. And some models can even detect tailgating, loitering or forced passage and trigger an alarm.
Letting just one person pass at a time gives security personnel time to inspect any suspicious characters, spot potential trouble and intervene if necessary. This also works well for crowd control. With automatic doors you could have any number of people passing through without valid access any time the doors open. With turnstiles and flap barriers however, only one person at a time may pass, effectively controlling large numbers of people entering such venues as stadiums, amusement parks and sports venues.
2. Full Access Control Integration
Turnstile entry systems can be fully integrated with a building’s access control and security system. Working in conjunction with CCTV cameras, automatic doors and other security equipment, turnstiles and flap barriers can effectively secure premises. If an intruder or unauthorised person is detected at the turnstile, an alarm can quickly be triggered, doors locked down and cameras turned on to detain the threat. With the integrated access control system, you’ll also be able to collect information such as the specific identities, and time and location of every person coming and going through exit and entrance points.
3. Time and Cost Savings
With these systems in place there is a lesser need for security or front desk personnel to check and verify identification. Authorised persons can simply present their ID cards or biometrics and gain access. This saves you from having to pay personnel to constantly man exit and entrance points, and also saves time by streamlining the exit and entrance of persons.
4. Operational Flexibility
Turnstiles and flap barriers have plenty of options to suit your specific operational needs. You can set them to operate in one direction or bi-directionally. Setting them for entry only works in cases such as in early morning hours when employees are coming into a building. You can then switch them to exit only at night. They can also be locked down when your facility is closed, or in free pass mode, which lets people pass freely without authorisation in the event of an emergency.
5. Additional Features
Turnstiles and flap barriers can be used to count admissions and procure pertinent information such as the number of people currently in the area, peak traffic hours, and whether or not there are still people remaining in the area. This is particularly useful for venues such as amusement parks and sports venues.
Another common use of turnstiles and flap barriers is enforcing payment at venues, where people cannot get in unless they have a paid ticket or access key. This is another very useful feature for amusement parks, sports venues and public transportation terminals.
To learn more about how turnstiles and flap barriers can benefit your business, or inquire about the best access control systems for your needs, get in touch with Rotech today on (07) 3205 1123.
Access Control Systems Ensure West Gate Tunnel Workers’ Safety
The Monash Freeway upgrade, access improvements for Webb Doc and the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel are city-shaping projects that will provide quicker and safer journeys for Melbourne commuters.
West Gate Tunnel – 5 Years in the Making
Providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge the West Gate Tunnel will be a much needed second river crossing.
Two state-of-the-art boring machines building the twin tunnels started their journey at the northern portal on Whitehall Street, Footscray and are moving south-west towards the southern portals in the West Gate Freeway.
Behind the boring machines, a mobile factory installs a concrete lining, forming the walls, roof and base of the tunnel. Followed by crews of up to 20 people who build the road surface and install electrics, ventilation and safety system.
For more information about the West Gate Tunnel Project visit the West Gate Tunnel webpage
Managing the Workforce
With over 3,000 people currently working on the project keeping track of, managing and protecting every person on site is a mammoth undertaking.
Underground excavation and tunnelling is a high risk, hazardous activity. As such mining operators are responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations to protect workers from injury or death.
Controlling access to high risk or restricted areas and managing the movement of the site-based workforce, contractors and visitors is crucial to the prevention and minimisation of risks to the health and safety of both employees and the public.
A leader in workforce management software as a service, Damstra Technology is providing essential systems for mining operators and other project construction contractors to monitor, manage, keep track and protect their employees.
Australian-made turnstiles – on the job
Requiring reliable, high-performance physical entry and exit barriers that could be teamed with their sophisticated site and access control technology Damstra chose Rotech.
Eight F21 full height turnstiles have been delivered to various tunnel project locations. Their role is to secure perimeters, prevent unauthorised entry and control access to high danger zones.
Rotech’s Australian made TriStar F21 full height turnstiles work seamlessly with the Damstra’s hi-tech workforce management and access control software. Performing a vital role in creating a safe and secure operating environment for all personnel the turnstiles allow:
- Employee swipe cards record arrival and departure times for calculating wages
- The access control system records and monitors who is on site and their location. Critical information in an emergency where site management and safety crews need to know the location and how many personnel on site
- Limits access to one person at a time – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person following an authorised one
- A bi-directional turnstile means the TriStar can be set to entrance only, exit only or used in both directions
- High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.
Why Rotech’s TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile?
The TriStar is the first Australian-made product of its type, created to provide customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple optional features and customisation options:
- Ideal for construction sites, a portable base and solar power options allow it to be used in remote locations or situations without access to mains power
- A high-capacity drive mechanism with a 5 year warranty
- Strong galvanised frame and rotor preventing forced entry
- The turnstile roof design prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits
- Status indication system provides the ability to see whether the turnstile secure i.e. the entry/exit is closed or freewheeling
- On power failure, the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back system and sets off a warning siren. This means in situations where power is down the turnstile can continue to function normally for up to 3000 cycles without mains power.
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If you would like further information about this or other safety and security combinations for your premises call us on 07 3250 1123 or email email@example.com
Next Generation AG and BK Automatic Boom Gates
The recently introduced Sentinel BK series provided a price competitive compact version of the highly successful AG. Its small footprint making it perfect for sites where space is limited.
Now, we are excited to be able to give you advanced notice of further enhancements in the pipeline:
Remote access interface: The AG and BK series is being updated to include an interface that will enable installers to connect with the boom gate digital control unit using a mobile or tablet via its dedicated website.
This web interface will allow installers to access all functions and parameters of the control panel including; gate speed, damping, flashing lights, attending to firmware updates etc, making set-up and maintenance of the gate much faster and simpler.
Able to withstand 90 km per hour winds: An increased strength of the pole mounting will provide boom gate with the ability to reliably function in extreme weather conditions.
New 8 metre boom gate: Providing you with even more choices we will be introducing an 8m boom gate option which will be 100% duty cycle and include 90k/hr wind feature.
Fast 1 sec opening for a 3 metre pole: We will be offering a version of the Sentinel BK which will be able to open a 3 metre boom pole in one second.
We anticipate these new functions and features will be rolled out between November and early 2019.
For more information about these new product features and estimated availability call us on (07) 3205 1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Sentinel BG30 Series Industrial Sliding Gate Operators
Designed for super intensive use
BG1804 opens a 1800 kg gate at 18 m/min for up to 800 operations per day
BG2204 opens a 2200 kg gate at 10 m/min for up to 100 operations per day
Whatever your site’s requirements the Sentinel BG30 Series has an operator to suit with advanced technology that offers maximum performance and lower power consumption than other motors.
A few of the Sentinel BG30 Series many features include:
Easy to program, wide range of inputs: the multifunction digital display with 6 function keys offers a wide range of inputs for management and connection of all accessories and safety devices, making it easy to change parameters, check error messages and input status.
Superior safety sensing: the highly sensitive digital encoder delivers accurate control of speed and end stop positions. The motor design allows instant reversing of the gate if an obstacle is detected.
Mechanically tough, strong and robust: manufactured using titanium alloy the BG30’s high strength body easily tolerates the forces created by heavy high duty cycle gates. Precision engineered, high-quality steel worm shaft, bronze gears with double-shielded ball bearings guarantee durability and reliability.
Battery back-up and solar power options: battery back up is available for situations where mains power is unreliable as well as giving peace of mind during storms or other power failure situations. For locations where power is not available at all BG30 is configured to operate on solar power without any modifications to the controls.
Have a query about how this product can be used to suit your situation call Alan Roberts on (07) 3205 1123 or email email@example.com.
Cost Saving Advice for Powering your Automatic Security Gate
For many commercial properties, automated gates are not just an optional extra, they are essential. Automated gates are secure, convenient and make your premises appear professional.
However, a downside for many businesses is the expense associated with getting 240v power to the perimeter of their property to operate the gate, particularly if the distance is great or covered with concrete.
Fortunately, there is a way around this which saves power and running costs while significantly reducing the cost of installation, without having to compromise on security.
Solar gate openers are now more efficient and affordable than ever, and they are the ideal choice for many Australian businesses and rural property owners.
Here are a few benefits of using solar for your automated gate opener:
Gate openers can be installed in remote locations. If you want to enhance security in a remote area that doesn’t have access to mains electricity, a solar gate opener is the easiest and most affordable way to do this. Because they don’t require connection to an external power supply, you won’t need to dig the ground up to run cables. Using solar you can have a functional, operational security gate up and running very quickly, with the minimum of disruption to the surrounding environment.
Improved security. Solar gate openers work even when there is a power blackout, so you can feel confident that your business won’t be vulnerable in the event of an outage. Battery back-up provides independence from the grid and gives everyone greater security, particularly after hours when your employees or visitors might otherwise be required to get out of their vehicles and manually open the gate.
Save money on installation and operation. Once you’ve bought and installed your solar gate opener, it costs virtually nothing to run. Solar power is readily available in Australia, and even on cloudy days, your opener will still be operational. With power bills rising year on year, many businesses are looking for ways to reduce their electricity usage and switching to solar for your gate opener is a simple and effective way to save costs.
Reducing your environmental footprint. Across all industries, businesses are very conscious of their environmental footprint these days and are taking proactive steps towards sustainability. Switching to solar is a great way to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels and create a more environmentally sustainable business.
Solar technology has gone through so many advances in the last few years, and there has never been a better time to make the switch. Using the power of solar for your automated gates you can save money, be environmentally friendly and improve security at your premises.
The electricity savings alone mean solar power is worth considering. But as you can see, there are many other benefits too. If you’d like to discuss installing solar gate openers in domestic, commercial or industrial settings, give us a call to find out more about the options.
Case Study| Boom Gates Essential for a Safe Landing
A NEW helicopter pad was opened last year at Tamworth hospital as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.
The limitations of the old heli-pad made it difficult to land if wind conditions were poor. The new heli-pad is better positioned and built closer to the emergency department to provide quick access to transport patients for urgent treatment.
Safety becomes an Issue: emergency helicopters vs road traffic
The new convenient location of the helicopter pad at Tamworth hospital created a unique set of circumstances:
- Situated between the heli-pad and the hospital is Smith Street
- Smith Street is a busy local roadway
- When helicopters land and take off they create a downdraft as high as 89km
- There is a danger to both vehicles and pedestrians from flying debris thrown by the high velocity flow near the rotor.
The proximity of the heli-pad to Smith Street means any vehicle or pedestrian in the vicinity while an emergency helicopter is trying to land or take off would be adversely affected by a strong downdraft.
As with all helicopter emergency cases, time is critical – a solution to safely managing access to the common traffic area between the aircraft and motor vehicles needed to involve a very quick response time.
The Boom Gate Solution
Rotech worked with Steensen Varming to devise an effective resolution to the issue of how to stop both the outgoing and incoming traffic in Smith Street when a helicopter was in the vicinity.
The result was to install two boom gates at along Smith Street to stop vehicle access and fit pedestrian warning lights at appropriate locations.
To save precious time – a long range transmitter fitted to the helicopter activates the following equipment from up to 20 km away:
- Existing helipad lights
- Wind sock lights
- Flood lights
- Pedestrian warning lights
- Ambulance warning light
Boom gates close
30 seconds after the warning lights are activated the boom gates come down – this allows any traffic in the midstream to pass beyond the danger zone before the helicopter reaches the heli-pad.
Rotech’s solution plays an important role in getting patients quickly and safely from the heli-pad into the emergency department for treatment.
For more information about Rotech’s boom gate products visit our Automatic & Manual Boom Gates page.
We have been fulfilling all types of automation control demands for more than 15 years with a wide variety of products. Customised solutions are our speciality – we are certain that with our extensive range and high level of expertise, we will be able to provide you and your business with a customised solution to suit your need.
Call Alan Roberts at ROTECH on 07 3205 1123.
De Costi Seafood’s Production Area Access Control System
When it comes to De Costi Seafood, Australia’s leading Seafood Company, the first thing that comes to mind is quality. They are extremely particular about their product as well as service. In order to provide the best to their consumers, they not only need to ensure that they provide fresh seafood, but also maintain the hygiene levels at their processing sites.
To control the entry and exit into their production areas and ascertain that the workers maintain a high level of hygiene, they required a smart solution. De Costi Seafood was in need of an access control system that could regulate the movement of personnel to and from the production areas. They also needed to make sure that the workers washed their hands and then use a disinfectant before entering those areas.
At the entry into Production, De Costi Seafood has a ‘Sanitising room’ and every worker is required to wash his hands and walk through an automated foot bath, which then leads to the turnstile provided by Rotech. This was a special turnstile made of 316-stainless steel, also known as food grade stainless steel, which made it suitable for food processing and handling. The turnstile was integrated with an Alcohol Disinfectant spray that is automatically sprayed when the staff put their hands under it. It was also connected to a hand scanner, which monitored the employees’ clock in time. So unless the employees disinfect and scan their hands, the turnstile will not unlock and they will be unable to enter the production zone. When the employees exit the production area they use the hand scanner to clock out.
The management staff also needed to access the production area; however, since scanning their hands would deduct time off their work hours, they required a separate access control device. Generally, they would have been given access using an RFID reader and an ID card, but because the production area is a place with high exposure to water, ID cards were not a very convenient option. Rotech provided silicon wrist bands for the management, which were not only waterproof and easy to wear, but also ensured that time was not deducted from the management personnel’s work hours. The wrist bands could also be washed on a regular basis, eliminating even the slightest chances of contamination.
To maintain the hygiene of the ‘Sanitising Room’, De Costi Seafood ensures that it is cleaned and washed every night. This called for a waterproof turnstile, so the Tristar J series turnstile provided by Rotech was the perfect choice as it has IP65 protection, which makes the turnstile completely waterproof, ensuring a longer life-span.
Case Study | Access Control for 2000 Caval Ridge Mine Site Workers
When nearly 2000 mine workers access and egress the Caval Ridge site daily, one can only imagine the chaos that could occur if there was no access control. The workers were systematically transported from their accommodation village to the mine site by buses that collected and dropped them at the designated pick-up/drop-off points. However, the entry and exit of the workers to and from the site needed to be monitored.
To ensure safety and compliance with QLD Coal Mine Safety and Health Act, BMA’s primary goal was to obtain a solution that would not only facilitate easy accessibility for the workers but also capture live data of personnel who had entered/exited the site.
It was envisaged that this would be partly achieved through the use of Badge Scan Units (BSU) to scan employee IDs at the entrance and exit of the site; and partly through a turnstile, to control the movement of personnel. BMA therefore needed a turnstile system that could be easily integrated with the Badge Scan Units.
Moreover, with a high volume of workers and only two bus pick-up/drop-off points, the potential for delays to the project was substantial should one of the BSUs or turnstiles malfunction. Hence, a turnstile with high-throughput and superior reliability was critical for BMA.
They selected TriStar J Series turnstiles from Rotech.
The waist-high turnstiles were situated at the entry and exit points of the site, and were integrated with BMA’s Badge Scan Units. This enabled the workers to swipe their ID cards to activate the turnstiles before boarding the buses or entering the site. The solution provided by Rotech also included boom gates mounted with BSUs to control vehicular traffic.
The TriStar turnstile system supplied by Rotech not only increased the efficiency of transporting personnel to and from the site, but also promoted a safer working environment by tracking and controlling mine access.
The Rotech turnstile system is capable of allowing 25 people per minute, enabling BMA to achieve a goal of a four-minute turnaround to fully load/unload each bus. Other features of the TriStar J Series turnstile that make it ideal for high volume traffic sites include:
- Robust, stainless steel cabinet
- Active arm which drops in case of emergency
- Turnstile locks only if unauthorised access is attempted, reducing power consumption and wear on mechanism
- Turnstile can be integrated with any access control system.
Rotech has over 30 years’ experience in supplying high quality turnstiles and pedestrian access solutions for industrial and commercial projects. We locally manufacture boom gates, turnstiles and industrial door operators, so our solutions can be designed and manufactured to meet customer specifications. Products can also be sourced from a worldwide network of suppliers and customised for individual customer requirements. Rotech proudly supplies customers with a fast and professional service supported by strong technical back-up.