In order to facilitate two-way communications between miners and officials of the control rooms at the surface, a Bengaluru-based company, EasyM2M Technologies will introduce underground WiFi facility inside mines and wrist phones for miners to enable real time tracking, according to an ET report.

"One miner dies every third day. A lot of time is lost in miners trying to communicate to the surface during an accident, emergency, or even for quick advice on how to fix a machine," Priya Ranjan Kumar, founder of EasyM2M Technologies, told the financial daily.

EasyM2M Technologies has tied up with the Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) to launch the WiFi service and wrist phones. ECL is a coal producer that owns 105 coal mines in the country, the majority of which lie in West Bengal and parts of Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, EasyM2M is part of Nasscom's 10,000 startups and TiE, and an incubatee at the International Institute of Information Technology Technology (IIITB).

Mines in India, both underground and opencast, generally have just one phone or an intercom device for miners to communicate with the monitoring and control rooms. But such systems barely work and are not very dependable, said Kumar.

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