Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014

Best Innovation & Research Grand Award

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Mo Li/Yunhao Liu)
Coal Mine Surveillance with Wireless Sensor Networks

Environment monitoring in underground tunnels is a crucial task to ensure safe working in coal mines. Due to poor environment conditions and the inconvenience in traditional system deployment, it is extremely difficult to provide an automated surveillance system in traditional ways. In this project, we propose an adaptive wireless sensor network system for the underground surveillance in the coal mine, including the environment monitoring of oxygen, gas, water and tunnel structure as well as providing rescue assistance under emergencies. The proposed system benefits from the flexibility of deploying the self-organized tiny sensors and the powerful sensing and communication capabilities provided by the network built among them.

Comments from Judging Panel

This is a very cost effective and scalable application which uses off-the-shelf, reliable and available technologies today. I was most impressed by the fact that this project has received funding from both the PRC and HKSAR governments, and that the team members have traveled to inner China into actual coal mines to test their life-saving application. The successful field testing is the result of great cross-border collaboration between the teams from Mainland China and Hong Kong. Hurrah to a great application which is not only innovative but also socially responsible.

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