TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) today
reported further advancement toward US federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration (MSHA) certification of ActiveMine(TM), the premier wireless
communications and locating system for mines.
Active Control management believes that it is entering the final
iteration of the MSHA approval process for two core ActiveMine components: the
system's wireless mesh node modules and RFID Wi-Fi tags. The nodes are placed
in operating areas of mines and form the wireless backbone of the ActiveMine
network system; the RFID tags enable accurate, real-time tracking of people
Based on recent progress, Active Control management believes that the
company is positioned to table its final submissions for both components
within weeks for approval. MSHA controls the timing of approvals.
"We continue to work closely with MSHA to expedite the certification of
ActiveMine," said Steve Barrett, ACT President and CEO.
Four Active Control employees are working full-time, along with
consultants retained by the company, on the approval process. They have been
and continue to meet with MSHA engineers by phone and in person on a weekly
A separate application was submitted late last year to MSHA for Wi-Fi
telephones used in the ActiveMine system. Active Control continues to work
with MSHA on that certification, and hopes to have a better understanding in
the coming weeks of the timeline for approval of the telephone. Further
information on the certification of the Wi-Fi telephone will be forthcoming at
MSHA approves mining equipment as 'intrinsically safe,' i.e. to not
create a spark or thermal ignition of methane or coal dust in coal mines. ACT
submitted applications to MSHA last year for all components of its ActiveMine
system. The company expects to receive three individual approvals for
ActiveMine's RFID tag, node assembly and telephone.
MSHA certification is not required to sell and deploy ActiveMine in most
base metal and precious metal surface and underground mines. Some ActiveMine
purchase orders for coal mines are subject to certain conditions including
regulatory approval of the system by MSHA.
"The company continues to make excellent progress in advance of
approvals, with additional purchase orders and new commercial installations
confirmed in the first half of 2008," Barrett said.
The ActiveMine 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 designed to:
- 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.
- Meet federal MINER Act requirements for wireless systems as
established in MSHA policies.
- Enable miners who become isolated underground to stay linked, even
when they are distant from one another and cut off from the outside
world - a capability made possible by the system's unique
- Provide four-day intrinsically safe battery back-up and power supply.
- Provide a wireless communications and data network above-ground,
linked seamlessly to 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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