Mine operator will assess ActiveMine wireless communications, tracking
and data system, with potential for additional purchase orders
TORONTO, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
announced today that it has received a $275,000 purchase order for
ActiveMine(TM), the company's two-way wireless voice communications, tracking
and data system, from a major U.S. coal mining company.
The purchaser, which owns several large underground coal mines in West
Virginia, will install the system as a full-scale, operating demonstration in
an area of a West Virginia mine that is free of potentially combustible gases.
The demonstration could lead to additional purchase orders following an
assessment by the company of ActiveMine's capabilities under operating
conditions and approval by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration
(MSHA). The initial order is not subject to regulatory approvals or other
The installation will include a significant above-ground wireless network
component which will extend voice and data communications from underground to
include above-ground operations and facilities. Unlike traditional commercial
walkie-talkies, ActiveMine utilizes the unlicensed public Wi-Fi band. The
system's Wi-Fi telephones, which feature 24 licence-free channels, can
therefore be used outside of the mine without the need for costly FCC licences
for every channel.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to prove ActiveMine's robust
data capabilities and other productivity-enhancing features with a coal mining
industry leader," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "As
the number of mine operators selecting our system continues to grow, we look
forward to additional opportunities for installations in West Virginia and
MSHA Approvals Update
The company continues to make excellent progress with US federal Mine
Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) approvals for ActiveMine. ACT has been
working closely with an MSHA-approved, independent certification lab that
provides additional technical resources, with the goal of speeding the
MSHA requires that all electronic components used in underground coal
mines be approved as 'intrinsically safe,' i.e. they will not create a spark
or thermal ignition of methane or coal dust.
"Based on the progress to date, we are confident that ActiveMine will
receive MSHA approvals well before the West Virginia and federal regulatory
deadlines to install wireless communications and tracking systems in
underground mines," Barrett said.
ActiveMine's communications, data and tracking system enables monitoring
of production, personnel and equipment in all types of surface and underground
mining environments, including coal and base metal mines. The system is
- Operate on a 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi network backbone.
- Be less susceptible to water and mechanical damage of all sorts,
including rock fall.
- Use open-standards technology.
- Comply with relevant U.S. state and federal regulations, including
MINER Act requirements for wireless systems as established in MSHA
- Provide four-day intrinsically safe battery back-up and power supply.
- Provide a wireless communications and data network above-ground to
extend underground networks.
About Active Control Technology
ACT designs and markets wireless network control and communication
systems for buildings and extreme environments. Located in Burlington,
Ontario, Canada, the company trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol ACT. For more information, visit the company's website at
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For further information: Steve Barrett, President & C.E.O., Active
Control Technology Inc., Tel.: (905) 670-5500 ext. 202, Fax: (905) 592-9691,
Email: email@example.com, Website: www.activecontrol.com; Don
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